I'm still trying to figure out if Twitter is a real application or another narcissistic creation of Gen Y'ers who equate a meaningful life with how many "famous" people they stalk. If you don't believe me, then look at the popularity of Jimmy Fallon's or Shaq's Twitters. You have to sift through a 1,000 of their tweets to get one that is even slightly amusing or interesting.
That said, you can follow my own personality disorder on Twitter here. I like using Twitter because it doesn't require the long process of coming up with more than one coherent sentence in a row, i.e. I'm lazy. Like John Steinbeck said, "If I can't write a sentence in 140 characters, what's the point?" Or something like that.
Anyway, many more useful applications are coming down the pipeline. One of them being SkyGrid. SkyGrid is an up to the minute, streaming news service focused on stocks and industry sectors. Much like Yahoo Finance, SkyGrid allows you to customize the news you see by uploading your portfolio or sector of interest. However, unlike Yahoo, SkyGrid sorts the most relevant news so you can quickly gage what is moving your stocks. Unlike some news applications that I've tried, the service runs in your web browser and therefore doesn't take up a huge chunk of your computer memory even if you leave it up all day. And the news sources include everything from the major wire services to your favorite blogs.
The service is currently in beta testing but I have found it to be very stable and useful. Contrahour has joined a partner program with SkyGrid that allows our readers to join the beta test. There's no fee for signing up and no spam if you give them your email address. I think it will be well worth your time to try it and give the developers constructive feedback on their service.
If you're interested in joining the SkyGrid beta test, please click here.