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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The Web 2.0 Awards

Hollywood and the internet came together recently to honor the recipiants of SEOmoz.org's first Web 2.0 awards. OK, maybe there wern't any actual celebrities. Either way, March Madness rolls on as there are some big upsets from sites you've never heard of (nor have I)... Here are the notable winners from some of the 38 categories:

Business, Money, and eCommerce
LinkedIn
Basecamp
Side Job Track

No surprises here, I am just wondering when the novelty of LinkedIn will where off. It was a good idea for networking but has turned into nothing more then a MySpace pissing contest as to who can get the most contacts. I've basically stopped accepting any LinkedIn invitations because I only get them from people looking for handouts in time of need. No Thanks.

Classifieds & Business Directories
craigslist
Judy's Book
PageBites

Craigslist continues to dominate the classified ad market and unless someone can master the art of growing underground and virally it will be a hard beast to unseat.

Music
Last.fm
MusicStrands
Upto11
When I first found Pandora.com (honorable mention) I was blown away. I think it is an excellent idea. I enjoy it more then last.fm so I felt the need to make sure it was mentioned.

Peer Production News
Newsvine
Digg
gabbr.com
Newsvine is excellent, Digg is overrated (more on that later), and I just recently found Gabbr, which seems useful enough for me to have added to my RSS agg.

Personal Organization
HipCal
Planzo
voo2do
These sites are the ones that really befuddle me. The last thing unorganized people need is another website to remember. Nothing beats the old pad and pen.

Photos & Digital Images
Flickr
Slide
Zoto
Flickr, the king of online photos holds strong. Lots of up and comers and if Flickr doesn't improve itself, a new player will quickly take over.

Real Estate
Propsmart
Zillow
Trulia

Retail
Etsy
threadless
Wists

Social Networking
Facebook
Consumating
MySpace
I know MySpace is popular but could it be any more disfunctional? It goes against everything web 2.0; Outdated layout, unreliable code, full of ads, but yet it remains one of the most popular sites on the web. Wow.

Social Tagging
StumbleUpon
Blinklist
Del.icio.us
StumbleUpon is more unique then anything on this list. Their growth is largely due to the StumbleUpon FireFox extension, and idea I expect other sites to soon follow through with as well..

Start Pages
Pageflakes
Google Start
Live.com
Live.com is highly underrated in almost every aspect. It's maps are especially awesome too.

Trusted Search
Rollyo
swicki
Truveo
Trusted Search? Are you implying Google is untrustworthy? :)

Video
Dailymotion
YouTube
MetaCafe
YouTube is the ultimate time waster. You can watch any kind of video and I've found 90% of them to be unfunny and worthless, yet I continue to go back.

You can check out the rest of the winners here, and also check out the 'What is Web 2.0?' breakdown.

By Jason Dowdell at 11:51 AM | Comments (0)


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