Web 2.0 Wars: Round 4

It’s time for Round 4 in Newsome.Org’s Web 2.0 Wars. The contestants and rules are here.

This is the final heat of the first Round. The playoffs will be next.

Other Rounds:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |
11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

Here are the contestants for Round 4:


Zazzle lets you create and purchase customized products such as t-shirts, posters and stamps and then sell them to others. Neat idea, but please build an FAQ and put it where I can find it.

Tailrank is a meme tracker. I talked about it here and called it “part of the Big Three princes in Memeorandum’s kingdom, along with Megite and Chuquet.” Kevin Burton, the founder, told me that before too long, I’d be writing a post called “Reviewing the Tailrank chasers,” and he may be right. I like the site, and the screen grabs of the blogs on the list is a cool touch. I need to see a little more Newsome.Org up there, though.smallicon-793225

Tagworld is a blogging, bookmarking, photo sharing, Web 2.0 rich social networking site, similar to MySpace, with a nice music angle.

Nuvvo is an online teaching platform for teachers. As an adjunct professor, I can appreciate anything that makes course planning easier. Nuvvo collects an 8% commission on the fees paid by students to take the course. I saw a course called “Hypnotic Mindcontrol Workshop.” Maybe I’ll take it so I can hypnotize Scoble and make him turn his blog into a Newsome.Org fansite.

Dogear is a bookmarking service. There is no information whatsoever on the main page, so that’s about all I can say about it other than it has a cool name.

Yakalike is a Firefox extension that lets you chat with other users visiting the same site you’re visiting. It adds a little chat box at the bottom of the browser window where all the Yakalike users reading the page at the same time can chat. That way you can chat with Om and Mike while you’re reading Newsome.Org.

Grouper is a video hosting, sharing and search site, similar to YouTube. It’s free but the FAQ says an upgraded, premium version may be offered at some point. Nicely designed site. The BrokeBack to the Future video (very, very funny and clever) was on the front page when I visited.

Oddpost is a web based email application which is owned by Yahoo. I suspect much of the Oddpost technology is evident in the beta version of Yahoo Mail which I talked about here.

Qoop is a site that I used to make wonderful and affordable photo books for Raina for Christmas, via Flickr. I have also ordered posters from Qoop. Great products all. Qoop also has partnerships with other companies, such as Buzznet.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

4 out of 9

And the Winner of Round 4 is:

This was the toughest field yet. I use Tailrank several times a day and I love Qoop. But once again, I have to go with one I likely won’t use- Tagworld. I’m too old to be into social networking of the online variety, but I think Tagworld has serious potential to win the social networking, music storage, hip site to call home race.

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