20 best web apps you've never heard of

We've trawled the web to uncover these hidden gems

11. Wozaik

Regular text-based bookmarks are compact, but don't tell you very much. Which is why, if you scroll through your collection, there are probably many bookmarks where you've absolutely no idea what they represent.

Wozaik

Wozaik takes a different approach, allowing you to crop content from your favourite websites, and save them on the same page. Your grabs then become dynamic bookmarks, and work just as they did on the original site: links are clickable, video and audio can be played, and when the site is updated then your view of the content will change accordingly.

12. 101in365

More than just another to-do app, 101in365 aims to inspire and get your life moving by persuading you to list 101 things that you plan to do in the next 365 days. Your first challenge comes in thinking of 101 goals, but as the site points out, these don't have to be huge: "learn how to boil an egg" is just fine, as is anything else that will personally make a difference to you.

101in365

Once you've created the list, lock it, and go to work, marking items as in progress or completed as the year goes by. You can optionally make your list public, too, so friends and family can check on your progress and make sure you're on schedule.

13. MugTug

MugTug offers an attractive suite of tools to help you work with graphics online.

Darkroom is an easy-to-use image processor for tweaking an image's brightness, contrast, exposure, contrast and saturation, as well as applying a few special effects.

Sketchpad is an interesting paint and drawing tool, with all the usual options, and some surprising extras: a spirograph drawing tool, customisable gradient and pattern options, a range of swatches, and more.

MugTug

And once you join the site's online community then you're able to share your creations (and any of your other favourite photos) and view those of other members, add a comment to anything that catches your attention, and share ideas on how to improve your work.

14. Tweetaboogle

Tweetaboogle is an interesting mashup of Google and Twitter in a Facebook-like interface. Just carry out a regular web, news, video or image search, and the Google results are given context by any related tweets that the site has uncovered.

Tweetaboogle

You could then click your preferred Google link; maybe you'll be inspired by the tweets to carry out another search; or you might even add a tweet of your own (anonymously, if you like) - it's your call.

15. ZOCIAL.tv

You don't have to go trawling multiple websites to discover which videos are grabbing the world's attention right now - ZOCIAL.tv displays the top trending videos on Twitter and Facebook on one, simple page. Just choose your preferred category, hover your mouse cursor over a thumbnail to see the video title, and click to view it: easy.

Zocial

16. DearMap

If the main online mapping apps don't deliver the results you need, then DearMap may be able to help. This handy web service takes a base Google Maps view of your location, then allows you to customise it with lines, shapes, captions, icons and descriptions.

DearMap

A URL allows you to share the results directly with anyone who might be interested, or you can use an embed code to add the map to your website or blog. Either way, any visitors can then post comments, and if you've produced something really special then they're even able to share the map on Facebook, Twitter, Digg and other social media sites.

17. Historious

You bookmarked a great article a couple of months ago, and now you need to find it again - but which one was it? If you're not the type who bothers with tags or descriptions then it may take some time to find out. But that's where Historio.us comes in.

Historious

This lightweight and simple tool bookmarks a page using its bookmarklet (no bulky extensions here), and then allows full text searching of your bookmark collection, any time you like.

18. Envolve

Envolve provides a very simple way to add Facebook-style chat to your website or blog. Just copy and paste a couple of lines of code and your site will gain a chat room at the bottom of the screen (collapsible, so it'll take the minimum amount of space). And not just any chat room, either. You're able to have multiple tabs for separate conversations; chats that stay with you as you move from page to page; even real-time translation for chats with visitors from around the world. And each chat gets its own short URL, so memorable conversations can easily be reviewed or shared with others.

Envolve

19. Publisha

Calling Publisha a blogging service really doesn't do it justice. Sure, there's a simple WYSIWYG editor that you can use to create articles, but the idea is that you'll these to create "issues", custom digital magazines.

Publisha

You can publish these at publisha.com, on your own domain, via iPhone and iPad apps, or view them on the Kindle and other e-readers; a Facebook app adds a searchable archive of articles to your Facebook page; and if your content is really good then you can even make money from your work with the built-in ad platform.

20. ShortForm.tv

While there's plenty of great videos on YouTube, separating them from the dross can take a little work, so if you prefer an easy life then ShortForm.tv may appeal. This new site scans an array of online video sources, identifying the latest viral hits on your behalf. And all you have to do is visit ShortForm.tv, choose a channel - "Facebook Hits", "HaHa Funny", "Animated Shorts" and so on - then sit back and watch a continuous stream of video content - no more manual searching required.

ShortForm tv

If that sounds a little too passive then there are ways to get more involved, though. You can skip a clip you don't link, or give it a thumbs down if it doesn't appeal; share clips via Facebook or Twitter; even create your own custom channel with all your favourite clips.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Liked this? Then check out 100 best ever free PC system tools

Sign up for TechRadar's free Weird Week in Tech newsletter
Get the oddest tech stories of the week, plus the most popular news and reviews delivered straight to your inbox. Sign up at http://www.techradar.com/register

Follow TechRadar on Twitter