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A website that makes reading email more fun

Grab bag: Your five fun links of the week

1) http://emailga.me/ — The tagline: "Conquer your inbox." The website: The Email Game. The summary: The Email Game transforms getting through all your unread messages into a game you play against the clock, forcing yourself to get through each message one-by-one without the option of procrastinating. All while having fun (well, not powder day fun, but work fun) in the process.

2) http://tinyurl.com/lxqx6bw — Discover what secret worries and fears we humans have at different ages based on Google's suggested popular searches. This interesting two-minute YouTube video provides a unique perspective — through Google's eyes — of the fears, obsessions and fixations we harbor at different ages in our lives. These are the often the types of questions and worries for people anonymously turn to Google to answer, in search of guidance or reassurance. What do you suppose worried 11-year-olds commonly search for? ("I'm 11 and ___") How do you suppose their secret fears and questions differ than those of, say, a 50-year-old? ("I'm 50 and ___") Hint: there's a dominating theme that simply doesn't go away as we age.

3) http://en.mention.net — Move over Google Alerts, there's a new auto-notification hero in town. Mention allows you to create alerts for your industry, company, name or competitors and to be instantly and automatically informed in real time about any mentions on the web (including the social web). Mention boasts "smart actions" that allow you to react to online mentions in smart ways (think: auto-retweeting nice Twitter mentions). Mention also offers statistics that give you an overview of mentions by source and over time. Just as cool, Mention offers "anti-noise technology" that learns from your behavior and removes the noise created by homonyms and spam. Whether you plan to use Mention for personal or professional use, on your computer or on your mobile device, sign up is 100 percent free.

4) http://bit.ly/cxWPzs — Sometimes, for good reason, brilliant technology just never gets off the ground. I didn't know about the Hawaii Chair until this past year, and I can't for the life of me figure out why no one I know has one. Perhaps it was just too ahead of its time.

5) http://bit.ly/JoLOoO — MaKey MaKey! A fantastic invention kit for anyone (whether young, old or in between) that lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the Internet. In other words, MaKey MaKey can let you "make a piano out of bananas, play Mario Brothers on Play Dough," play PacMan using a joystick you drew on your notebook, or let your kitty take a picture of herself. Easy and fun, MaKey MaKey is creativity at its finest. The entire kit will run you $49.95 with an additional $4.95 for shipping.

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Erin Pheil is the owner of TimeForCake Creative Media—the web strategy company voted #1 in Best of Summit. Visit the timeforcake website at http://www.timeforcake.com or email Erin at erin@timeforcake.com.

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