This blog was created to cover cool Web apps, and one of the more interesting trends to follow is that of desktop software that has transitioned to the Web. Keybr, which surfaced a couple of days ago, is a typing tester, the same kind you might have suffered through in school. The goal of these apps (Keybr included) is to give you a scored typing test that rates you on your typing speed and accuracy.
The entire time you're typing, the app will keep track of your speed and accuracy with a live chart of your efforts. Things progress from basic typing, all the way to caps lock, shift and tab controls on blocks of text. There isn't a whole lot of separation between lessons, or instructional sessions, but there are some enjoyable bits like the pink message that flashes along the screen when you score a personal best for speed.
Back in my day (I'm only 25) we had the perennial all-star of typing applications Mavis Beacon, but many folks without simply had to self-teach, or come to terms with their "hen pecking" abilities. While Keybr doesn't have some of the advanced lesson planning and "games" that come with software typing solutions, it's a good way to judge your speed and general accuracy as long as you're willing to put up with the obscure lexicon of made-up words. These days I'd tell any novice typist to use an instant messaging app to get the hang of a keyboard, but there is something to be said about the value of learning touch-typing, as it can save you some serious time and physical strain if learned correctly. Keybr is missing some of that educational goodness, but the built-in charts and slick aesthetic make it a good benchmarking tool to see how well your typing skills are doing.