Picture Dots: You know, for kids

Make your own connect-the-dots puzzles.

File this one under "cute, but not there yet." One of the new Web sites that was showcased at Tuesday's New York New Tech Meetup was PictureDots, which falls under one of my favorite categories of Web 2.0: borderline useless time-wasters. Basically, with PictureDots you can create your own connect-the-dots puzzles, share them with your friends online, or print them out for your favorite kids (of any age). Kind of a cool idea, especially when you think of the procrastination opportunities.

Picture Dots

But there's a downside. It's cute, but it's not particularly efficient. You have to manually insert the "dots" for your puzzle, which can take a lot of time. If there were some way to "smart-select" the edges of what you want to select (a la Photoshop), it'd be a much easier process. Besides, I still can't think of a reason why I'd want to take the time to make a connect-the-dot puzzle. But I'm sure there are folks out there who think otherwise.

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Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.


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