CNN has covered what it believes are the top sites which encompus what the internet of the near future will look like. Web 2.0 is a term I’m pretty sick of hearing thrown around, but it seems to be here for good. Most of these sites are startups that have began with just an idea that someone put together and hit it big time and are actually quite ingenius. The idea of social search gives the users more reason to contribute (sometimes too much of a reason as seen with spammers and Digg Armies) and is changing the way people get their news.
I for one know that I never watch the nightly news, or rarely look at any real dedicated news sites. Why should I when there are sites like the following that people submit to pulling all of the best information from the web into a few locations. Get yourself a good 20-30 RSS feeds and you can basically have all of the information you could ever want to know and more. If your looking for a few good RSS feeds, you’ll most likely want to check out at least a couple of these “top” sites that are changing the face of the web.
- Digg – News aggregator
- Last.fm – Social Internet Radio stations
- Newsvine – News aggregator
- Tag World – Social Networking
- YouTube – Video sharing
- Yahoo! – May be creating an all in one “Social Web 2.0″ experience with the purchase of Del.icio.us, Flickr, and Webjay.
- Bloglines – Web based RSS reader
- Eurekster – Search
- Simply Hired – Job Search Engine
- Technorati – Blog search engine based on tagging
- Trulia – Real Estate Mashup
- Wink – Tag search engine
- Google – you know Google has to be on everyones list for some reason or another
- Fonality – Open source telephony software
- SIPphone – Internet phone software much like Skype
- Iotum – Presence managment software
- Vivox – P2P voice technology
- Skype – Internet phone and IM service
- JotSpot – Wikis and online spreadsheets
- 30Boxes – online calendar
- 37 signals – online project management
- Writely – online word processesing
- Zimbra – web based email application much like Outlook
- Microsoft – windows live / office live (web based versions of Windows and Office)
- Brightcove – Internet TV Distributor
- Jigsaw – Business contact databse
- SimpleFeed – opt in RSS marketing
- Salesforce.com – Online enterprise software
- Six Apart – Blogging tools
There are quite a few that I’ve never heard of that offer serivces which are widely known about by other start ups allready, but the article is by someone at CNN who is probably old and doesnt really know exactly what they are talking about. Missing from this list in my opinon are Blogger, Reddit, Slashdot, MySpace, and literaly hundereds more.
Only time will tell which of these survive and become the true future of the web and which ones will die out and never be heard from again.