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84 websites you might not have heard of – a Web 2.0 showcase

January 23, 2007

Below is a selection of websites considered by many to be part of the Web 2.0 revolution. Believe it or not, it’s a relatively small selection. Some have been around five or six years, and others make up a few of the dozens of start-up sites that launch each day and have been around about five minutes – but all do something quite different to the ‘old school’ websites you have probably come to know and love. And almost all of them have silly names.

Social Networking
Connecting with friends and whatnot

Social News
News by the people for the people 

  • www.digg.com  – the biggest, full of geeks but covers many subjects
  • www.slashdot.com – web1.0 survivor and the original article – but only tech
  • www.inform.com – world affairs and politics specialist
  • www.newsvine.com – also a serious slant – the pitch is you create your own ‘column’ 

Social Bookmarking / Search
Not only can you keep your bookmarks in one place, you can see other people’s fave sites 

Media Sharing
Searching for ‘funny cats’ on youtube is an hour’s entertainment 

Localisation
Making the global village local 

Knowledge Sharing
Share your experiences, expertise, thoughts, or anything really 

Blogging
Blogging is one of the web2.0 cornerstones – making the Internet a truly read/write medium 

Start pages
Make these your homepage and you’re one click from all your favourite content 

Widgets & Symbiotic sites
Making stuff to stick on other sites 

Web Based Applications
Stuff that might put Bill Gates out of a job? 

Social Music
Share your music, and your tastes – legally!

  • last.fm – simply amazing – free radio and it learns what you like!
7 Comments
  1. January 24, 2007 10:56 pm

    Hope you have a chance to check out Lijit more…we’re doing a big update today and have big stuff in the pipeline. 🙂

    Basically we create a vertical search engine for bloggers, centered on their content (blog posts + social bookmarks + photos + etc..) *and* the other blogs/sites that you connect to (in your blogroll or other).

    A better description is here:
    http://wanderingstan.com/2006-12-26/personal_network_search

  2. February 1, 2007 7:47 pm

    Hi Paul –

    Thanks for the Searchles mention. We have a new widget out and you might enjoy taking it for a test drive: http://www.searchles.com/misc/widget – come see us again soon!

  3. June 2, 2008 11:53 am

    Lovely list, will you be updating it?

  4. June 2, 2008 12:42 pm

    I’d planned to do a new list every quarter, but just haven’t had the time to update the twopointoh blog unfortunately.

    Lots of sites are listed in my bookmarks which are public at http://ma.gnolia.com/people/PaulLomax/bookmarks – I’d recommend subscribing to the feed.

  5. October 8, 2008 12:44 pm

    A good web 2.0 logo showcase…
    http://www.logotwo.com/

  6. October 1, 2009 11:02 am

    Hi Paul,

    This is an excellent list. I wonder if you could add my new Web 2.0 Application – Article Boxer to it?

    It would be much appreciated!

    cheers
    Tony

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