Web 2.0 Wars: Round 16

It’s time for Round 16 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:
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11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

Here are the contestants for Round 16:

Vizu
Digg
Del.icio.us
Omnidrive
AlmondRocks
Tagyu
30Gigs
Writely
Simpy
Gtalkr

Vizu lets you create and share polls, both on the Vizu site, via RSS feeds or on your blog or website. I like it, but not as much as Dpoll.

Digg is a wildly popular, user driven site that allows users to link to and vote on internet blog posts and news stories. It has huge mindshare and I greatly admire the technology, but I’ve found that I don’t always like finding my content in an American Idol fashion.

Del.icio.us is a very popular social bookmark manager. I use it all the time.

Omnidrive is an online storage and backup service. The good, it’s based in Australia. The bad, it’s been in invitation only beta forever.

AlmondRocks says its the fastest blog reader in the world. It wasn’t as slow as some of the ones I’ve tried, but it wasn’t greased lightning either.

Tagyu is some sort of tagging serive. I put newsome.org in the text box and it came back with mycomments, feedlounge and inbound. Two of those are tags I use a Del.icio.us, but the other is pretty random.

30Gigs is a free online email application that gives you 30G of storage. They are “in the 2nd stage of our best test.”

Writely is an free online word processor which recently was bought by Google. It probably has the most mindshare in the space, but that assumes people want an online word processor.

Simpy is a social bookmarking service, that lets you save, tag, search and share bookmarks and notes.

Gtalkr let’s you access your Gtalk IM application from anywhere. I thought you could already do this. They need to put something on the main page that describes exactly what this application does.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

5 out of 10.

And the Winner of Round 16 is:

I’d pick Del.icio.us because I find it so useful, but you can’t factor in prospects for success to any degree and not pick Digg. So Digg it is.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 15

It’s time for Round 15 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:
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11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20

Here are the contestants for Round 15:

Chatsum
Pandora
LookLater
30 Boxes
Webjay
Plazes
Noodly
Wondir
Diigo
Squishr
Jots
Xdrive
Blummy

Chatsum is a free add-on for your web browser that lets you chat with all the other Chatsum users that are looking at the same website as you, sort of like Yakalike.

Pandora is an online music service that helps you discover other great music. I wrote about it here.

LookLater is a private on-line bookmark and information archive.

30 Boxes is…is…is…another online calendar. A lot of people whose opinions I respect really like it, so it must be good. My hunch is that it will own the non-integrated (meaning not part of Outlook, Yahoo, etc.) calendar space.

Webjay is a tool that helps you listen to and publish web playlists of songs you like. It looks like you can browse for and stream playlists created by other people. Cool idea, but I’m sure the RIAA will object.

Plazes is a social navigation system that lets you find people and places near you. You can search for wi-fi networks and other stuff.

Noodly says it’s a “new service harnessing the power of user-generated content.” It’s not live yet.

Wondir is a place where you can ask questions, sort of like the now-retired Ask Jeeves. It didn’t know “how cool is Kent Newsome?” (which may be an answer in and of itself), but it did know where Cheraw, SC is. Pretty cool, but couldn’t this be found via Google just as fast?

Diigo is a social bookmarking service that focuses on “social annotation.” It’s an invitation only beta, and I don’t have an invite, so that’s all I can tell you about it.

Squishr has no information about itself on its page. It’s not live. Someone tell me why these sites are tossed up there before there’s anything to see or read? These logo only sites are the new “Under Construction.”

Jots is a collaborative bookmarking system. Users can store links and choose whether to make them private, share them with with a select group of people or share them with the world.

Xdrive is a popular online file storage and backup service. 5G of storage costs $10 a month.

Blummy is a bookmarklet manager. If I used a ton of bookmarklets, I’d give it a try. Neat idea.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

5 out of 13.

And the Winner of Round 15 is:

Pandora, because both the theory and the execution really amaze me.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 14

It’s time for Round 14 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 14:

Gabbr
Gcast
Blinkx
Openomy
Riffs
ajchat
Blogger
Jambo
Protopage
Rollyo
Alexa

Gabbr is a social news community. It’s a little like Digg, a little like Delicious and a little like Tailrank.

Gcast is a free podcast creation and hosting site. It contains tools that let you create your podcast online. I haven’t used it, but it looks pretty comprehensive.

Blinkx is a multi-format searching and organization application.

Openomy is an online storage service. It uses tagging to identify and organize stored files.

Riffs is a social recommendation site. You can recommend and review all the things you like and don’t like, and to find others who share your interests.

ajchat is a simple online chat system which uses Ajaz.

Blogger is a free blog creation and hosting service. I use it to publish this blog, though my files are hosted on my own server.

Jambo is a social wi-fi service that allows users to locate people who share similar interests, etc. via wi-fi.

Protopage is a free personal portal, similar to Netvibes and Pageflakes. It looks pretty nice. One of my favorite personal portals so far.

Rollyo lets you create your own custom search engine. Sadly, the one I created tells me that neither Scoble, Om, Steve nor I have ever written anything about cat juggling (until right now). Shame on us.

Alexa is a search engine.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

4 out of 11.

And the Winner of Round 14 is:

I’ve got to go with Blogger, simply because it helps so many people join the blogosphere.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 13

It’s time for Round 13 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 13:

Bloop
ProjectSpaces
FeedBurner
Bloglines
Purevolume
Fotolog
Ourmedia
Yub
Spot Runner
Myspace
News Alloy
Allmydata

Bloop couldn’t be found. Disqualified.

ProjectSpaces is a password protected web-based extranet application that lets groups collaborate securely over the internet.

FeedBurner burns and distributes RSS feeds of blogs and other web content. I use it and so does almost everyone I know.

Bloglines is an online RSS feed reader. It allows you to clip and store blog posts you want to refer to later and share your blogrolls and other content via a bloglines hosted blog. It is my primary feed reader, but based on my experience customer support is close to non-existent.

Purevolume is a service that lets independent artists upload MP3s. You can browse by location or by genre. It looks sort of like what MP3.Com was back before MP3.Com sucked.

Fotolog is a photo storage and sharing site, with an interconnected photo blog approach.

Ourmedia A audio, video content storage and sharing site. Nice, well designed service, but isn’t online video storage becoming a commodity?

Yub is an online mall where you can hang out if your parents won’t drive you to the real mall.

Spot Runner Sells TV ads. It says you can get your business on ESPN for $44. OK I want one Newsome.Org add on Sportscenter each week. If TV ads are this cheap, Spot Runner should be huge.

Myspace is, well, Myspace. I don’t get it, but millions of people do.

News Alloy is an online RSS feed reader.

Allmydata is an online file storage and backup service.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

4 out of 12.

And the Winner of Round 13 is:

I’d love to pick FeedBurner, but there’s no way not to pick Myspace. I don’t get it, but millions do.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 12

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.

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 12:

dPolls.com
Flickr
Ning
Ookles
Strongspace.com
ZoomInfo
Castpost
YubNub
Associated Content

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.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 11

It’s time for Round 11 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 11:

Streamload
Ta-da Lists
Feedsky
JellyBarn
Nativetext
Congoo
Podzinger
RSS Mad
FeedTier
Phanfare
Wikipedia
Fruitcast
PubSub

Streamload is a place to store, orgianize and share audio and video files. It also provides a way to backup files and access them from any internet connected computer.

Ta-da Lists is a place to make and share to-do lists. I hope my wife never finds out about this site. There’s a free version and a more powerful one that’s part of the Backpack service.

Feedsky shows up in gibberish on my computer. It looks like it uses a font I don’t have or something.

JellyBarn is a photo sharing service. It’s still in invitation only beta.

Native Text translates RSS feeds and podcasts into foreign languages. The main page says the translations are done by humans. It’s not yet open to the public, so no RanchoCast in Russian.

Congoo says it is a premium content search engine. It looks like it will index subscription content. Neat idea if the publishers will go for it.

Podzinger is a podcast directory with a twist. Podcasts are transcribed and searchable by word. The transcription is not perfect, but it’s good enough to be very useful. I’ve used Podzinger for a while and really like it.

RSS Mad is an RSS feed archive and an online feed reader. Looks sort of interesting, but no Newsome.Org in the database.

FeedTier says it generates web feeds for web pages without existing syndication. This is a great idea and I’d use it all the time if it worked. I couldn’t get it to work, but I will certainly go back and try again.

Phanfare is a photo and video storage and sharing site. It allows you to make online photo and video albums. $6.95 a month after the free trial.

Wikipedia is a free, collaborative online encyclopedia. I use it and link to it all the time at Newsome.Org.

Fruitcast is a podcast advertising network. This is the first one of those I have seen and, sadly, ads in podcasts are probably inevitable.

PubSub is a content matching service that instantly notifies you when new content is created that matches your subscription.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

5 out of 13.

And the Winner of Round 11 is:

A very hard draw, as there were number of good contestants. I really dig Podzinger, but you just can’t not pick Wikipedia

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 10

It’s time for Round 10 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 10:

Riya
Audible Wordcast
Opinity
Reddit
MeasureMap
Gumshoo
Bluepulse
Imvu

***There’s a little green dot at the end of the line I can’t read, so it’s not included.

Riya is a photo sharing service with a twist. It has face and text recognition capability that help you identify and name your photos. I haven’t used it, but it has received lots of positive press in the blogosphere.

Audible Wordcast is a service that allows users to manage, measure and monetize podcasts. It uses a proprietary audio format and allows you to include advertising in your podcast (just what we need, more advertising). You can sign up for their fancy package and sell (yes sell) the right to listen to your podcast on the Wordcast site. Let me know how that works out for you.

Opinity is a “reputation services company.” Somehow you can check out a person by filling in a form. Sounds sort of creepy to me.

Reddit is a link aggregator where users vote stories up and down, similar to (but much less known than) Digg. Well designed site, but as I have said, the news by contest thing doesn’t really work for me.

MeasureMap is a stats tracking service for blogs. The front page says it’s free, but you have to request an invitation.

Gumshoo is an eBay auction risk analyzer and misspelling search. It’s supposed to help you find stuff easier and avoid auction fraud

Bluepulse has something to do with mobile technology. Its vaguely written About page and the lack of an FAQ make it seem more like an online version of Myst. Get an FAQ already.

Imvu is a 3D Instant Message application. You chat via a 3D avatar.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

1 out of 8.

And the Winner of Round 10 is:

Riya in a cakewalk.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 9

It’s time for Round 9 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 9:

AllPeers
Orb
Rallypoint
Zoozio
Blogbeat
Ziggs
Zoto
vSocial
Boltfolio
Wink

AllPeers is a Firefox extension based on a bittorent application that allows groups of buddies to share files. I have not used it, but it looks very, very cool.

Orb is an online application that allows you to stream live and recorded TV, photoes and audio files to any wifi device.

Rallypoint is a web based collaboration tool where groups can create and share documents. The web page is thin on detail.

Zoozio is a customized portal creator, similar to Netvibes and Pageflakes. It is not yet live and there are no details on their web page. This is a crowded space.

Blogbeat is a stats tracking service for blogs. It’s cheap (starting at $6 a month), but Google Analytics is free.

Ziggs is a people search for professionals. I suppose amateurs have to look elsewhere. You can have a listing for free or pay a little for search engine optimization.

Zoto is a photo storage and sharing site, similar to Flickr, except that I’ve heard of Flickr. May be a great service, but a lot of others have more mindshare.

vSocial is a video clip storage and sharing site. Again, where’s the FAQ? People want to see an FAQ.

Boltfolio is a media storage and organization service. It seems to want to be the Flickr of video. But it’s not. I am not crazy about the interface.

Wink combines a search engine with the social network implications of tagging. It incorporates tag results from other services like Delicious, Digg, etc. The search database seems pretty deep. I think it has potential.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

0 out of 10. Our second 0’fer.

And the Winner of Round 9 is:

AllPeers, a unique idea that could be very useful to a lot of people.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 8

It’s time for Round 8 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 8:

Memeorandum
CalendarHub
Superglu
Pando
Zigtag
Findory
Backfence
Clipmarks
Wayfaring
gOffice
Fleck

Memeorandum is the King of the Meme Trackers. I use it every day.

CalendarHub is yet another web based calendar application. It looks nice, but what is it with a million online calendars.

Superglu is an application that aggregates your information from other services like Delicious, blogger, etc. It gathers your content from popular web services and publishes them in one convenient place.

Pando is an online application that lets you email any size file or folder to anyone, free. It’s not yet live, so I can’t say much more than that.

Zigtag is not yet live. They aren’t saying much about it on the web site.

Findory is a personalized newspaper that evolves, quickly, as you click and read. It creates personalized content as you read. Sounds like a web version of TIVO suggestions. Cool idea.

Backfence is a group of community based citizen media sites. It has sites now for cities in Virginia and Maryland. Where’s Bellare, Texas? Interesting idea in its early stages.

Clipmarks is a people-powered search engine where users rate web content, talk about it and connect with other people who share similar interests. There is a Firefox extension you install that lets you capture pages or parts of pages to Clipmarks.

Wayfaring needs a new logo. It looks like Wayfanng. This site lets you build maps, annotate and share them. You could use this to show all 10 Starbucks within 50 yards of you house, or something. It’s actually a neat application with lots of potential uses.

gOffice is a free online office suite, with word processing, desktop publishing, a presentation maker and a spreadsheet. Alas, no calendar.

Fleck describes itself as a “patent pending, world changing, paradigm shifting and user experience enhancing technology.” I think that’s a joke, since the same description saya “every Web 2.0 hype is covered.” It’s not live yet, so I can’t say much more about it.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

1 out of 11

And the Winner of Round 8 is:

Memeorandum in a landslide. Even with a scoring discount since I already use it, it still wins going away. Findory finishes second.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 7

It’s time for Round 7 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 7:

Jotspot
Frappr
Jeteye
Dabble db
Yedda
Writeboard
Shoutwire
iKarma
Kanoodle
Airset

Jotspot is a wiki host and creation service. It allows the creation of personal or corporate wikis that can be used as a de facto intranet. Prices range from $10 a month to $200 a month.

Frappr is an online tool that lets you map out the city where you live, work, vacation, or anything else! You can then share your Frappr page with friends. You can also share photos, private message them, or leave comments on their MyFrappr homepage.

Jeteye lets you save links, images and notes in what it calls a jetpak. Jetpacks hold and help organize your important links and data. Nice idea, but a crowded field.

Dabble db is another information manager. It’s not yet live.

Yedda is an expert driven knowledge base, similar to Yahoo Answers. It’s not live yet either.

Writeboard is an online application that allows you to build sharable text documents, similar to Writely.

Shoutwire is a community news tracker, similar to Digg. It doesn’t appear to be terribly current or deep in content. Nice design.

iKarma is a feedback and self described reputation and feedback system. Think of it as eBay feedback for the whole internet. I had a bit of a hard time finding any feedback content. Neat idea, but it needs more people to input more feedback.

Kanoodle is the “leader in targeted sponsored links.” It says it is affiliated with thousands of search engines (I didn’t know there were that many of them). It places pay-per-click ads in the search result pages for you.

Airset is yet another online calendar. The application looks nice, but there are way too many applications in this space.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

0 out of 10

And the Winner of Round 7 is:

iKarma, based solely on potential. Not a strong heat.

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