Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Advice on the Basics

Not Sure How to Tie A Tie? Peel an Apple? Fold Your Clothes? - The Answers Are on the Web, As a Rash of New Sites & Offer Advice on the Basics

On, one of the most popular topics is "How to Boil an Egg" -- broken down into six steps of written instructions. Videos at, launched this summer, address such matters as how to peel and slice an apple. provides a written tutorial on playing "Hide and Go Seek." (Step Three: "Determine who will be 'It.'... Use 'One Potato, Two Potato' or similar method.")

Some traditional how-to outlets have also been eyeing the user-generated approach. Scripps Networks, a division of E.W. Scripps Co. and the company behind HGTV and the Food Network, is testing models for adding user-participation features to its sites, such as, says Jim Sexton, senior vice president of the interactive group for Scripps Networks.

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