I feel like there has been an explosion of cool, AJAX
-ed, web2.0-ish services in the last few months. Everyone seems to be eager to show up their skills in this new innovative web field, not just from a technological standpoint, but also with new and improved layouts, organization schemes and usability of richer user interfaces, as well as on generating ideas of new original and useful services, or better implementations of existing ones. These web-based rich-client applications are meant to be the word of order in the web of today, like the dot-com's were a few years ago.
Services are of different well-defined categories, like wikis, file sharing, pictures and video sharing
, news-feeds aggregators, social bookmarking, personalized homepages serving as a web entry-point, users communities, robotized news and blog crawlers that select the best from the web and present it summarized for you in a homepage, user-centered news sources like digg, emulators of window managers and desktop interfaces, pod-casting and vlog
ing tools, and a few more I guess, including combinations of all these, and combined with other more traditional services like web-mail, calendaring, on-line dating, IM
I recently talked about some of these categories mentioned above, but I decided to expand a little bit the spectrum because almost everyday, when I sit down at my aggregator in the morning and fetch from all my feeds of choice, I find out about at least one new service I never previously knew about. And I repeat, at least one, because occasionally two or more appear in a single morning!
To better justify these claims I could go on and enumerate here a few examples, like flickr
. And not even the big ones are escaping from the phenomenon. Google perhaps was the starter, with Gmail
prompting an interest of web developers on Ajax techniques. They now have Gmail, Google Reader
, Google Maps
and their personalized homepage
Yahoo! was prompted by Google's success, and they improved their services to keep up with the competition. They now have Instant Search
and they're also redesigning the web-mail interface (see previous post
). And last but not least, Microsoft, the giant of software is also being pushed into it. Windows Live
is a live
example of what I mean.
As you can see, there are both big ones and small ones. The big ones are trying to maintain/strenghten their dominance, and the small ones are fighting to stand up in between the mainstream providers, or trying to be noticed and be acquired
by one of the giants.
If you want to be regularly updated about new services, improvements on old ones, alliances or any other related stuff, be sure to add TechCrunch
or some other web2.0 workgroup
blog to your aggregator. For instance, directly from TechCrunch's about,
TechCrunch is a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling and reviewing new web 2.0 products and companies.
Seriously, I don't know how this Mike Arrington
is able to keep himself informed, but is great to have him informing the rest of us. Thanks!