It’s time for Round 5 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.
Here are the contestants for Round 5:
iNods is a shopping-focused product review aggregator. Neat idea, and the searches seem fast and reliable. I did some searches for some really bizare things and got lots of hits, so the database must be deep.
Lulu is a service that allows authors to self-publish and sell books, CDs, DVDs and other products. Lulu gets a 25% royalty, which seems reasonable to me. I haven’t tried the service, but I really like the idea a lot. I could see this taking off if it can be the leader in the space. Maybe I’ll write a book about why Darren should link to Newsome.Org.
Rbloc is a auction site where you can buy and sell services or products. It’s still in beta so there’s not a ton of stuff for sale yet.
I couldn’t find BR. They badly need a new name or a least a logo that gives a clue how to find them via Google.
Blish is a place to sell digital content, such as ebooks, photos, how-to guides, clipart, music, sound loops, video, design templates. It’s in beta and while there are quite a few things for sale, the inventory will undoubtedly increase over time.
Flagr is not yet live. I talked about it a little here.
FireAnt is a video blog directory and search engine. The downloadable client allows you to watch video blogs right from the FireAnt web site.
Simplyhired is a job search site, with some useful features like a link to LinkedIn that will let you see who you know at the company (if you use LinkedIn, that is).
Veoh is a service that allows you to create and distribute your own internet TV show. It claims to support full screen TV quality video over broadband. Maybe this is how I can get MacDaddy, Day Trader, my great idea for a reality TV show on the air. I know this guy from Philly. He is extremely nervous (his other nickname is MacNervous). He knows nothing about the stock market. So we somehow get him to pool his life savings with some producer-supplied money and make him immediately start actively day trading all day, every day while on camera. Trust me, it would be hilarious and better than anything currently on SpikeTV.
Before Today I’d Heard of:
1 out of 9
And the Winner of Round 5 is:
FireAnt nudges out Veoh, but only because MacDaddy, Day Trader isn’t on Veoh yet.