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Israeli startup SuTree launched their site in Beta earlier this week. The site offers a repository for how-to videos, video lessons and training and tutorial videos. So far they have over 5,000 listed in about twenty categories. What I like is that you can rate and comment on each listing.
Kristen from Mashable noted about their community aspects, "While you can register for a SuTree account, their site could fully operate without this process. There are no user profiles, no way to search by username, and no way to create a playlist from your favorite videos. Bulking out the community aspects of SuTree would help immensely for the service they aim to provide."
I think the site works pretty well but can use the improvements that Kristen notes. For some reason in IE, I also get prompted on each page to install the Hebrew language.
They have pages setup for most popular, newly created and most viewed. These are important elements for a rating site. From an advertising perspective, I think they would probably do better with the Google Adsense if it was either on the right or inside the content.
The key for a site like SuTree is to make sure they have videos in as many categories as possible so users keep coming back. Also, making sure that users vote and comment on the videos is important. My last suggestion is to enable an option so that the video content creator is notified when a SuTree user posts a comment or vote on one of the creator's videos.
Below are the most popular startups on Killer Startups for the period ending April 8, 2007.
Weblin.com – Meet Others Who are Browsing the Same Page at the Same Time
Weblin is a really fun tool that lets you see who else is on the same websites you're checking out (if they're using Weblin) in avatar form. This lets you make friends and talk to new people surfing the same sites, making the web even less isolated place. read more »
BarracudaSuite.com – Mind your business, simply.
BarracudaSuite is a web application for retail business management, with nothing to install. Profit and sales history, find, organize, and edit products, inventory warning levels, review and place orders, order new inventory, a promotion engine and costumer management all included in one simple application. read more »
Mosoto.com – Share. Chat. Discover.
If you've been missing some of the features available on other social networking sites when you use Facebook, Mosoto's got what you're looking for. They have now made it possible for you to chat with your friends that are on Facebook at the same time, as well as your friends of friends and people from your networks, plus a lot of other features. read more »
SuTree.com – Watch and Learn
SuTree allows you to find video lessons from all over the web in one spot. You can search through the various categories to find the lesson you're interested in. Lessons include anything from how to draw Lisa Simpson to tips on how to find an book a hotel in Chinese. read more »
Properazzi.com – The Place to Go For European Properties
Properazzi is a European property search engine. With over 1,800,000 properties listed, and no registration required, it's a great alternative to real estate agencies and brokers' fees. Forty-five European countries are represented and both sales and rentals can be searched. It's straightforward, simple and quite practical. read more »