It’s time for Round 12 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 12:
dPolls.com allow you to create polls and incorporate them into your blogs and web sites. I have used dPolls a little and I like the application, though the last time I tried it the in-post polls didn’t make it into my RSS feed.
Flickr is simply the best photo storage, organization and sharing site, period. It will be a tough contender in this contest, though when we get to the playoff, I am going to announce a handicapping system that will remove any affection advantage for the applications I already use a lot.
Ning lets you build your own social web applications. For example, you can create an app to let people collaborate on an online story (we had big fun doing that here back in the day). There’s a lot to Ning, and I’d have to say I’m pretty impressed.
Ookles is in “stealth mode,” which means it’s also in disqualified mode.
Strongspace.com is an online storage and file sharing space. $8/month for 4G of space seems pretty reasonable.
ZoomInfo is a person search application. I searched for me, and found only 8 links. Granted, the first link was to my bio at my day job. But the others were old and irrelevant, and there was no link to Newsome.Org.
Castpost is a media storage and sharing site. I’m a long-time alpha tester for this service and use it to serve the videos I make, like this one. Very neat service, but Stickam is some serious competition.
YubNub is a command line for the web that lets you search specific places with a single click. For example, you could create a YubNub link that searches Amazon for books by Robert Heinlein, and you should if you like good books.
Associated Content is a site where you can upload and share your video content. It seems to be a little more selective than others, more like a content exchange site. If your content gets used, you get paid a little.
Before Today I’d Heard of:
5 out of 9.
And the Winner of Round 12 is:
Ning and Castpost could have won several heats, but they get hosed by being in the same bracket at the Round 12 winner, Flickr.