The Next Big Web Thing - Loving Teh Web !!!1!1!11
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As Web 2.0 spawns and grows a raft of great new ideas and sites, a whole range of secondary services which support and run off them also grows. As I've mentioned before in these parts, one of the best known of Web 2.0 tropes has to be the content tag. I'll be honest here, personally I'm not a fan of tags, as I find them an over simplified method of searching. However, I know a lot of people swear by them as a great means of finding related content.
As a great example of a new service that runs off and supports other Web 2.0 services, Keotag
is a handy little search engine that searches something a little different - it searches tags. Search for a term and it searches the tags of some major 2.0 services from one handy interface. For the tag fans out there, this will no doubt be a tool of growing usefulness.
The growth in social bookmarking and social favourite links sites has been growing at a massive rate. It seems there's a new variant on the Digg or Del.icio.us model every two minutes. If the growth of sites is rising, it's nothing to the amount of great links and stories these sites uncover.PopURLs
is a simple site with a simple purpose. It simply aggregates the best of the best of sites to give you a mass of what the web considers are the finest sites and links on the web today. PopURL takes the top links from such places as Digg, Flickr, Del.icio.us, Furl, YouTube and more - and dumps them all on one slick looking page. It's simply a one stop shop for all the link goodness you need. Information overload be damned, it's a great way to get a snapshot of the web at any moment.
One struggles to remember how we all managed to get our fill of news, info and useless information in the days before feed readers and rss. Often though, our readers fail to pick up some interesting areas of content, unless we go out of the way to sort the problem. I'm talking about the comments. Many a good post on a blog has got better in a bitter stream of post comments, long after the original post has faded from our RSS readers and is just a distant headline shaped memory of a few minutes gainfully spent.Co.mments
has stood up for this problem and have a site dedicated to keeping up to date with comment posts. Get an account, add a handy bookmarklet and Co.mments will keep you up to date with new comments on your favourite posts. Simple and needed and as such, nominated.
Tags are nothing new. In fact, nothing says Web 2.0 more than the ubiquitous tag cloud somewhere around the site, in a prime navigation location.TechZingo
takes the tag phenomena and applies it to external sites, creating a tag cloud of what's making the tech world tick. It scans some major sources of technology news, extracting tags to display on the page. Clicking tags take you through to the headlines and the site the story has come from if required. In this day and age when more seems to be the new less in Web 2.0 terms, it's refreshing to see a simple site that does one thing, and does it well.
Movie recommendation sites are nothing new. For starters, Amazon tries to sell you related films to those you've purchased at every given opportunity. The recommend or related items approach is common the web over. However, where it often fails is although several people might have bought the same film as you, it doesn't actually mean they enjoyed it. Simply buying something is never a true recommendation.
is a movie recommendation site with a difference. In a way it's a movie version of Launch. You rate movies you've seen, and they do some swizzy maths to determine your Taste Compatibility Index (TCI) and suggest films you might like based on users who have similar tastes to yours. It aims to be an honest and open system and supply with top recommendations from film fans who's tastes are closest to your own. Best still, as they have rated the films, it's not just taste by ownership and as such, a great idea.
The March vote has now finished, and we're happy to announce that the site with the big red launching button, SiteShuffle
is the winner. Obviously the simple start page and social bookmarking aspects wooed our voters as it was a clear winner.
In second place, Aric McKeown's Make Me Watch TV
appealed to a number of our voters, and is Aric's second second place in our poll, his Stuff And Me
was runner up last month as well. In third place, the excellent idea sharing blog Roundtuit
There seems to be something new and fuzzy in the world of Web 2.0 sites every couple of minutes. The more cynical of us are waiting for Bubble 2.0, but in the meantime, keeping up with all the new ideas and sites coming online can be tricky. Heaven knows we try!
has elements of some Web 2.0 favourites. Tags, Digg style ranking and simple and shiny layout. It differs in it's area of focus. It's asking for only newish Web 2.0 start-ups (service focused) to submit, and it's user reviewing all submissions before throwing them into the site. Once on the site, users can review the submitted work and the more popular ones will float to the surface. It may be Digg by stealth, but I like the editorial and the site's potential as a great new source of next big web things.
As the Web 2.0 revolution gathers pace, one of the things that's been missing is a user friendly Web 2.0 style portal about, well, web 2.0 sites.NeoBinaries
is just that. It's a place to go for an overview of the Web 2.0 world. But that's not all, it would seem out of place for any site that trumpets Web 2.0 to have no Web 2.0 features. So as well as a great place to get both Web 2.0 news and reviews, it also invites you to sign up and comment, discuss and help rank the the best of Web 2.0. A gold mine of Web 2.0 goodness and news. Grab an RSS feed and enjoy the ride with us.
If you've ever used a video and keyboard switcher for working between two PCs, or wanted to quickly move written stuff between a laptop and your desktop on different networks, you've no doubt automatically CTRL+C'd the stuff you wanted, then slapped your head like Homer Simpson when you realised you can't copy and paste it between PCs.
No doubt the inventors of Cl1p.net
have hit the same snag and decided to do something about it. Whilst not the copy and paste method in the purest form, its a nifty and quick workaround that you can use if required. Cl1p acts like a limited clipboard on the internet. Paste the info you want into a unique URL like this one
and that's it. Type the URL on your other PC and pick up the text. It's much simpler and quicker than sending text files or logging into Email to get the data. Simple, effective and useful, and as such, nominated.
Many websites now use CAPTCHA numbers or letters in an attempt to prove one's humanity instead of being just another spam bot. But it's not inconceivable that someone can write a computer programme to allow comptuers to "read" numbers or letters.
So I suggest everyone switches over to the new kitten-capture system. Instead of typing in a random series of numbers or letters that's easy to get wrong, just click on the three pictures of cute kittens
Every so often you see something on the web that both makes you squeal with glee at its sheer simplicity and green with envy at its achievements. Most webmasters (self included) crave traffic for their sites, as traffic means money. We jump through hoops, design, write brand new content, promote and still end up with pitiful traffic stats and the nagging wondering of 'is it worth the effort?'
Help Win My Bet
throws all our hard work to the wind and shouts look at me! No design, little style, a lo-fi, sub-Maddox web page and in less than two weeks they've hit 2,200,000+ visits. Their premise is simple, if the owner of the site gets 2,000,000 hits his girlfreind will have a threesome with him and a. n. other. That's it - some explanatory text, a picture and a hit counter, simplicity in its finest minimal glory. We'll weep into our keyboards over the fact its probably also one of the biggest missed opportunities for earning web money on the planet (other than a crappy dating affiliate link). However, two million in less than two weeks from nothing, we have no choice but to salute you.
I've always wondered what would happen to my online self after I pass off this mortal coil. In fact I once had an idea for starting a business where by people could lodge their details and a farewell message for their favourite forums and community sites, only to be released after their death. That idea never materialized or ever will from my point of view, but I still feel there's a huge scope for an after death online experience for web regulars.
As a starting place, My Death Space
have also seen the need and acted on it. Basically, they collate data and post death notices for MySpace users, with supplementary links, etc. It makes for morbidly fascinated reading, and as their intro states, "Only three things are certain in life. MySpace, Taxes, and Death." For providing such a necessary service, albeit with a scope narrowed to members of just one (huge) site, they've earned their nomination.
Be sure to go and vote
for our latest crop of wonderful new sites and things, as the April 2006 vote is now under way.
Also, we're are looking for writers and panel members for the blog. If you love the web and interesting new websites, ideas, technologies etc and can commit to writing two blog entries a month here, then contact us