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1Apr/081

The power of BricaBox demonstrated by an April Fools list

April Fools Joke Sites - BricaBox At about midnight last night, I realized that it was now April Fools and that the internet pranks were about to start rolling in. Right then, Gmail started boasting it's new "Custom Time" feature, a.viary rolled out their auto-aging tool "Dodo", and blip.tv added a new "rickroll" advertisting format to go with pre-roll and post-roll.

I knew I wouldn't be the only one to want a way to collect the gags I'd found and that others would find ones I hadn't seen yet, so I asked Nate to whip up a quick BricaBox for us. A BricaBox is like a really advanced plug-and-play website. Within 5 minutes, Nate had the site ready, including the ability for anyone to add a listing, vote on them, and add their comments and more info. The best listings will rise to the top, Digg style. The only way he could have whipped up something this functional that fast is with BricaBox, and that's what makes it so powerful.

We've done other quickie BricaBoxes, like the ResistorSource, which lists great food and drink venues near NYCResistor (also handy for BarCampNYC and PodCampNYC which happen nearby as well). When you're working with locations you can just add the google maps module, and all the places will appear on the map automatically. It's pretty freaking cool.

As BricaBox grows, Nate and his team will be making more modules that let you do even more with BricaBoxes at lightning speed. I'm really looking forward to seeing where the next few months take them as they focus on UI and functionality and a few big projects give them the opportunity to develop new modules.

For now, take a look at the April Fools Joke Sites BricaBox and add any gags you've discovered!