Two Point: Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0? Come and decide for yourself.

Monday, January 23, 2006


Swicki is new kind of search engine that allows anyone to create deep, focused searches on topics you care about. Unlike other search engines, you and your community have total control over the results and it uses the wisdom of crowds to improve search results. This search engine, or swicki, can be published on your site. Your swicki presents search results that you're interested in, pulls in new relevant information as it is indexed, and organizes everything for you in a neat little customizable widget you can put on your web site or blog, complete with its very own buzz cloud that constantly updates to show you what are hot search terms in your community.

Thursday, January 19, 2006


LiveJournal is a simple-to-use (but extremely powerful and customizable) personal publishing ("blogging") tool, built on open source software.


Technorati is a real-time search engine that keeps track of what is going on in the blogosphere — the world of weblogs. Technorati displays what's important in the blogosphere — which bloggers are commanding attention, what ideas are rising in prominence, and the speed at which these conversations are taking place.


HipCal is an online calendar and to-do list with alerts, group calendars and an address book.

Google Suggest

Google Suggest assists you in your search. As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time. This is similar to Google's "Did you mean?" feature that offers alternative spellings for your query after you search, except that it works in real time.


Rollyo puts the power of Yahoo! Search in your hands, by giving you the tools to create your own personal search engines - with no programming required. All you have to do is pick the sites you want to search, and we'll create a custom search engine for you.


Findory uses personalization technology to build a homepage for each reader, recommending content based on what they've read and what new content is being published. They crawl through thousands of news and blogs articles so you don't have to. Anybody can promote a single news agency's content, or build an overly-complicated RSS aggregator. That's not the hard part. The hard part is finding interesting and relevant content.


Fotolia is the first worldwide social marketplace for royalty free stock images, allowing individuals and professionals to legally buy and share stock images and illustrations. Fotolia offers the largest image bank of free and affordable royalty free photos and illustrations perfect for any medium, web or print.


Digg is a technology news website that gives editorial control back to the community. Most technology websites allow users to suggest content by submitting links or stories to an editor. If the editor believes the story to be relevant to the masses, he or she moves the story to the homepage. With digg, users also submit links for review. But rather than allowing an editor to decide which links go on the homepage, the users do.

Favorville is a social networking tool which provides members with the opportunity to help and be helped by others. With Favorville, members can post help requests, offer help and help grow the community. Favorville makes it easy to get in touch and build lasting connections with helpful neighbors, both in your locale or across the global village.


Fruitcast automates the process of inserting ads into podcasts. We download a podcast's MP3 audio files, add the advertisements on the fly, and then send them to the podcast's subscribers. Each time a podcast episode is downloaded, the advertiser is charged a certain amount, and a significant portion of that amount is credited to the podcaster.


Veetro is an online team and business management system that helps you to work more efficiently and become more profitable. Including tools such as electronic timesheets, projects, billing, sales pipeline, helpdesk and document management, Veetro makes your organization work better.

Windows Live

Windows Live is Microsoft's move into the Web 2.0 neighborhoood. Windows Live suggests your online world gets better when everything works simply and effortlessly together. That's the basic idea behind Windows Live. So the things you care about - your friends, the latest information, your e-mails, powerful search, your PC files, everything – comes together in one place. This is a brand new Internet experience designed to put users in control. is a collaborative event calendar, completely driven by people like you. Enter in the events you're attending, comment on events entered by others, and syndicate event listings to your own weblog.


Gather a place where you can share the things that matter to you with the people that matter to you, too. You can connect around a Supreme Court nominee, an Umbrian chicken recipe, a new album by Aimee Mann, or your child's soccer game. You can share your thoughts with the entire world, or exchange ideas, photography, audio (even podcasts), or video with just your friends, your family, or your work colleagues.


TailRank finds the best content from thousands of blogs so you don't have to.


TagCloud searches any number of RSS feeds you specify, extracts keywords from the content and lists them according to prevalence within the RSS feeds. Clicking on the tag's link will display a list of all the article abstracts associated with that keyword.


Nuvvo is a way to teach on the web. Everyone knows a little bit about something, and this free, AJAX-enhanced eLearning web service is designed to bring out the teacher in all of us. Sign up and build a course in minutes.


Zoho has a suite of web services that offer web based applications with simple and clean functionality, including zoho write for online document sharing, zoho creator for sharing web applications and Zoho planner for organizing to-do lists.


Shadows is a social bookmarking service for discovering, sharing and managing information on the web. Shadows supercharges this information with a "Shadow Page" — a community blog for any web page that includes views, ratings, tags, and comments by users, their friends and the Shadows community.


Gmail is Google's innovative email program. Gmail is an experiment in a new kind of webmail, built on the idea that users should never have to delete mail and should always be able to find the message they want.


Clipmarks allows users can clip and save just the stuff you want from any web page. Users can create a personal online collection of clipmarks, Tag them with keywords, add their own comments and share them with friends. Users can also search the Public Clipmarks to see what's being clipped and who is clipping it.


Basecamp is a unique project collaboration tool by the same guys who do Backpack. They also do a couple of other apps called Writeboard and Ta-da List. Basecamp makes it easy to centralize group communication with co-workers and clients. Basecamp makes it simple to communicate and collaborate on projects.
It's elegant, easy, and web-based. You don't need to download, install, or configure anything (no IT department required!). All you need is a web browser and an internet connection.

43 Things

43Things is built on the idea that people have known for years that making a list of goals is the best way to achieve them. But most of us never get around to making a list. 43 Things is great for that. Users can make a list on 43 Things and see what changes happen in their life.


Kiko is a cool new web calendar that delivers all the functionality of desktop calendar software, and all the convenience of online access. Click On Anything - Everything is interactive. Right click it, drag it - it all works the way you expect from a native application.


Zoto allows users to organize an unlimited number of digital photos, with total control over who has access to the photos. Users can share photos with family and friends through albums and slideshows or quickly and easily publish photos to a blog. More features being added in the future.


Rallypoint is an online collaboration service that can be used to create, organize and share a company's knowledge. It enables users to build web-based documents and pages to share with team members or other teams. It uses tags, and labels and has a slick search fature. Works with Excel, Word and more.


Netvibes is a customizable web 2.0 homepage solution. This service is free and gives users the ability
to create a personalized page, put together data feeds and services from web 2.0 applications with a very simple interface and access the page anytime and from any computer . Users can browse, modify, and import RSS feeds with an integrated RSS/ATOM feedreader. Users can import, download and listen to podcasts without any additional software and can check e-mail on one or many Gmail accounts...

Google Maps

Google Maps is now integrated with Google Local and is no longer known as a standalone product, but it was revolutionary at its launch. The first time users realized they could grab and drag the map around, they knew they were seeing something special. Google Maps also added a clean, almost cartoonish mapping design that has made it the gold standard.


CalendarHub is a web based calendar you can access from anywhere. You can keep it private or share it. It has a smoothe Ajax-based drag and drop interface and you can import/export from calendar programs like Outlook or Yahoo. You can also get reminders via email or on your cell phone.


Flickr is the undisputed champ in online picture management and sharing. Flickr was also purchased by Yahoo, do we see a trend here? Flickr enables users to get their pictures online from numerous distribution methods - cellphone, home PCs, etc and then get them out to other people in every way possible be it through RSS feeds, email, blogs... is an incredible social bookmarks manager and proof that you don't need an easy URL to get popular. These guys were recently acquired by Yahoo and have built an addictive app unlike anything I have seen in years . They aren't just bookmarks, they are "bookmarklets", and with them, you can add bookmarks to your own list and categorize them.


Backpack is a great organizer and the list of features is long: Organize to do lists, notes, images, and photos Plan a personal or business trip Keep track of what your competitors are doing Plan a home improvement project Collaborate on a new business idea Keep track of houses you're considering buying Gather information for a research project Keep a list of gift ideas for friends Build a For Sale page, Organize and plan a wedding or event, and more

Friday, January 13, 2006



Write is web based document collaboration. Writely allows you to edit documents online with whomever you choose, and then publish them. You can upload Word documents and other text based documents or you can create a document from scratch. The service is free, for now. It is an amazing piece of technology.

Thursday, January 12, 2006



What is Meebo? In short, its incredible. It's web based IM. It supports Yahoo! Messenger, AIM & ICQ, GTalk, Jabber and MSN. No download required, its all in the browser.

What is Web 2.0?

We aren't going to talk about it, we are going to link to it. We are going to show you and let you write your own prose. You can surf it, ride the tube and immerse yourself...and decide what you think Web 2.0 is. Come back and visit because it's all going to be here for the taking.

Remember The Milk

Remember the Milk

Who doesn't forget things? We can only keep so much in our heads at any given time. And our world of information is ripe with distractions. Remember The Milk is an easy way to manage your to-do lists online.