Web 2.0 Wars: Round 19

It’s time for Round 19 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 19:

Yelp
Smarkets
Inform
Filangy
Magnolia
43things
ShoZu
Technorati
Wrickr
Feedmarker

Yelp is a review aggregator with a local flavor. It catagorizes reviews by city.

Smarkets is a “stock market for products” game based on products sold at Amazon. You can buy or short. One of the most insufficient FAQs I’ve ever seen.

Inform is a new aggregation site. Users can create custom channels for topics of interest. It collects and connects the content, as opposed to relying solely on RSS feeds (they say that makes it better).

Filangy says is is “an exciting new concept in search that caters to the user’s specific searching needs and provides results that are needed.” OK, but that doesn’t really tell me anything. Needs more meat on the About page.

Magnolia is a beautifully designed social bookmarking and content management service.

43things is a goal setting and sharing service. Good mindshare, but I don’t really get it. Maybe I need to think up some goals.

ShoZu is a mobile phone service that helps you to save photos and videos from your camera-phone to your preferred online sharing site. it works with Flickr and a bunch of others.

Technorati is a blog search and tagging service. Huge mindshare, and I’ve called it the backbone of the blogosphere.

Wrickr has no meaningful information on its web page. Another example of a company tossing a web site up before there’s anything to see.

Feedmarker is a bookmarking service, that includes a feed reader and tagging. And it’s open source (good marks for that).

Before Today I’d Heard of:

3 out of 10.

And the Winner of Round 19 is:

Technorati in a photo finish with Magnolia.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 18

It’s time for Round 18 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 18:

Lexxe
Lookster
PXN8
Measuremap
Facebook
Netvibes
Goowy
MyVideoKaraoke
Gmail
Backpack
Platial

Lexxe is a search engine. One thing I like about it is that web searches and blog searches are combined.

Lookster is not yet live and has no information at all on its web page.

PXN8 is an online photo editing application. You can also buy a copy and install it on your computer.

Measuremap, recently bought by Google is a stats tracking application.

Facebook is a social networking site limited to college students.

Netvibes is an Ajax-based personal portal page. It probably has the greatest mindshare of the new portal players.

Goowy is a very nice looking personal portal page, that adds some extra features like online file storage.

MyVideoKaraoke is a site where users can upload videos of people singing karaoke songs. There aren’t all that many songs up yet, but this is a really interesting idea.

Gmail is Google free, web based mail. I wrote about it here.

Backpack is an online information collection and storage application. Sort of like a turbo-charged on-line Onfolio or One Note.

Platial is a collaborative atlas. You can add tags for locations of places that you are others may be interested in. Neat idea.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

7 out of 11.

And the Winner of Round 18 is:

Backpack, in a hotly contested heat. Backpack has a lot of potential as a one-stop shop for online storage and information organization.

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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 17

It’s time for Round 17 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 17:

Truveo
NewsVine
egoSurf
Clipfire
Mozy
Quimble
Basecamp
Pegasus News
Remember The Milk
Squidoo
PictureCloud

Truveo is a video search engine. It seems pretty fast.

NewsVine is a social bookmarking site that combines features of a number of other services, such as Digg and Google News. I talked about it here.

egoSurf is a program that searches your name and web site and tells you where you stack up on the web. I got a 9346. I hope that’s good. I think this is a cool idea.

Clipfire is is a shopping search engine and community. I want to buy a Dell 1900FP monitor, but when I searched for it I got links to all sorts of Dell stuff. Same result for Thinkpad X41. Unless I’m missing something, there results are not focused enough.

Mozy is a free remote backup service. You get 1G of space (2 if you fill out a survey) in return for accepting some ads via email.

Quimble lets you create and share polls. I’ve noticed some nice looking Quimble polls on various blogs.

Basecamp is a web-based tool that lets you manage and track projects. Prices range from free to expensive. I like the fact that I haven’t seen a million of these and they actually charge for the service, thereby at least giving a nod to a legitimate business plan.

Pegasus News is a “local media venture” (whatever that might be) to be launched in Dallas, Texas in “early 2006.” OK.

Remember The Milk is an online method to manage to-do lists. Nobody tell my wife about this site, please. Cool looking site.

Squidoo is a site where people post content on topics they care about. They say it’s a combination of Friendster and Wikipedia.

PictureCloud is a service that lets you create 360 degree photo representations of stuff. Unfortuntately all the samples were cut in half when I viewed them via Firefox. Not good. They worked in Internet Explorer.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

4 out of 11.

And the Winner of Round 17 is:

Basecamp nudges out Remember the Milk, just because it has a business plan that doesn’t rely solely on ads.

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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:
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 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:
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 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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