Webware has just revealed the results of their Webware 100 public poll on the best Web2.0 sites/online applications.
There were more than 5,000 nominations for sites to be included in this awards program, which Webware’s editors pruned to a list of 250 finalists. Users then voted on those finalists – there were 489,467 votes cast. click for Webware 100 voting results
The top 10 vote winners, which accounted for 45 percent of all votes, were, in alphabetical order (links open in Webware page with links to the winning sites):
Explanation of the above list
I’m going to check out Bebo & Gaia ‘cos I know very little about them.
As for the others, no big surprises. Firefox is, without doubt, the best browser. Anything Google is good. Wikipedia, well naturally. YouTube and MySpace too. Stardoll I mentioned in an earlier post. And Wordpress, well, this blog is a Wordpress blog. Nuf sed.
A new one for the dictionary, I hope.
Email bankruptcy = “when you are so inundated with email (both genuine and spam) that you have to delete everything and start over again”. from Urban Dictionary
Thanks to Philip Tan who introduced me to this new term. He sent me a copy of the following excellent article, in an envelope:
Click for Washington Post article on email bankruptcy
Here’s a list of people who’ve filed for email bankruptcy:
- Moby (musician) is taking a break from email for a year.
- Fred Wilson (venture capitalist) “I am so far behind on email that I’m declaring bankruptcy.”
- Prof. Lawrence Lessig (Stanford University professor and internet freedom-fighter) declared bankruptcy a few years ago, saying “I eventually got so far behind that I was either going to spend all my time answering emails, or I was going to do my job.”
No big surprise. Inevitable, I guess. Commercial spam aside, there are just too many emails where the writer has not thought to make the email relevant to the reader. Then the huge quantity of irrelevant emails reaches to the limit where the signal becomes noise and we cease to pay attention.
Tom Merritt, in a quick aside on a recent edition of CNet’s BuzzOutLoud podcast, also revealed that he was getting slower at handling his email replies. Not bankrupt yet though. I’m about the same. I’m notorious for not replying promptly: I now write my replies once a week, unless it’s urgent.
In case you need some advice… Lawrence Lessig explains how to declare email bankruptcy in Wired 14.08: How To: Be More Productive.
Ok, I’ve checked out the tools I mentioned in my previous post. And here are my initial thoughts…
Both iGoogle and myYahoo require login and an account. This isn’t a big deal if you’ve already got an account with one of these, but it’s a bit of a bore if you haven’t. Google has a lot of great applications that integrate nicely, like their calendar (which links to my MS Outlook calendar from behind my workplace firewall nicely).. Yahoo, probably has the same kind of cross-over. But…
Even tho’ I’ve got accounts with both Google and Yahoo, I’d still go for either Netvibes or Pageflakes. Here’s why…
- they’re easy to get to grips with
- they’re fun to use and intuitive
- they ‘feel’ friendly
- they’ve got loads of really great things you can add
Er… so what are the differences I can see so far?
Pageflakes feels a little more intuitive. The text feeds have an option which allows thumbnails to show up with links and leads which makes your page look nicer. Adding new feeds is easy and there are plenty of new flakes to choose from.
Netvibes allows you to add feeds from password protected sites (good for me, ‘cos I wanted to get feeds from our password protected wiki at work). You can also customise your page with themes more (but Pageflakes are introducing more customisable themes soon). You can also add modules that allow you to search videos, podcasts and images from multiple sources.
Both offer a repository of ’stuff’ for you to customise your page. If you’re techy enough, you can make your own modules or pageflakes for either. So far, as far as I can figure out, Pageflakes is the one that most obviously allows you to share and export stuff (modules and pages).
From what I’ve discovered (link), Netvibes started a while ago and started strong. But Pageflakes has really caught up over the past months. It’s a close race. I reckon Netvibes has the lead, but Pageflakes looks like overtaking. They’re both contenders in the Webware100 competition. Let’s wait and see.
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at June 13th, 2007.