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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Web 2.0 Wars: Round 6

It’s time for Round 6 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 6:

Theadcloud
Gather
Agatra
Bowsr
Oyogi
Cafepress
Renkoo
Standpoint
Pixagogo
Meebo
Extra Tasty
Last.fm

Theadcloud is a classified ad site. It’s free and, in true Web 2.0 fashion, is tag based. You can select a tag based on where you are or what you want. Craigslist, a cool company founded by a cool guy, is the king of this space.

We talked a lot about Gather already. I’m on record as a doubter, but there are a lot of smart people behind it.

Agatra is a free service that securely stores your passwords online so that they’re accessible from anywhere you have an internet connection. It can even log you in directly to most sites. Firefox already does a pretty good job of this.

Browsr is a “people powered directory” that categorizes content based on usefulness. It looks neat, but I’m not sure what it does the Technorati doesn’t do.

Oyogi is a service that tries to match questions with experts who can answer them. I asked “how do I get a link from boing boing?” It said “ask again later.” Not really.

Cafepress is a shopping site. It looks like you can make customized stuff like mugs and hats and sell them there. Why do these shopping sites never have an easy to find FAQ?

Renkoo has no information at all on its main page. Mike Arrington says it’s some sort of event/calendaring thing.

Standpoint was discussed here. It looks like a super-charged, improved version of the internet message board. Someone posts an opinion and others are encouraged to chime in. I like the idea.

Pixagogo is a photo storage and sharing site, similar to Smugmug, et al. Crowded space and others have more brand recognition.

Meebo is a ajax-based instant messenger application. You can access and manage various IM programs from the Meebo web page. I can see how someone who has to use various IM applications because of the lack of interconnectivity would like this.

Extra Tasty is a web site that lets you browse for drink recipes, by name or by primary ingredient.

I use Last.fm and I have talked at Fred Wilson, who turned me onto to it, some about it. It’s a very impressive social network focused on music. It has streaming music based on what you like and what those who like what you like like.

Before Today I’d Heard of:

3 out of 12

And the Winner of Round 6 is:

I have to pick Last.fm. Even though I use it, it still wins hands down. Standpoint finishes a solid second. The others lag behind.

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