Here is a summary of the week's Web Tech action on Read/WriteWeb.
Top Web News
It was a relatively quiet week in Web news. There were various mobile announcements from the 3GSM conference in Spain and some product releases (e.g. MS Soapbox). Also Google acquired video game advertising company Adscape. Perhaps the most interesting news came right at the end of the week, with Dell's web 2.0 Digg Clone and Video Sharing Site. But not much else to report really!
Our most popular post this week was an Index of the main video sharing sites. Emre Sokullu did a tremendous job of categorizing the white hot online video industry and listing the main players. The feedback to the post was overwhelming, but we plan to update it over time with more companies.
Also I recommend Alex Iskold's analysis of How Social Sites Reveal What Your Audience Likes. Especially if you're a blogger, there are some great tips in there on how to deliver what your audience wants. And as commenter James Brown noted, there's an opportunity for Google or even a startup to make these stats easier to obtain:
"Wouldn't it be great if these kind of statistics were pulled from social sites into existing web-analytics software? Imagine opening Google Analytics and seeing a correlation between number of del.icio.us bookmarks and sales, or ad hits."
Other analysis posts this week:
- European Startups and Web Innovation Around The World
- Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS)
- Five Key Takeaways From Microsoft, OpenID Announcement
- Yahoo! Pipes and The Web As Database
- Windows Live Confusion - One Year On
- Firefox 3 To Support Offline Apps
- Top Web Apps in Latvia
- Google Search AJAXified
We didn't deliver as many startup reviews as I wanted to this week. But of note were:
- EditGrid - New Online Spreadsheet, Better Than Google Spreadsheets
- Stray Cinema: Open Source Film-making on the Web
- 1dawg Converts Online Video For Mobile Devices
Next week I will make a special effort to pump out more reviews (there's certainly no shortage of candidates in my email inbox!).
As mentioned in the previous post, the topic this week was: does location matter in Web innovation? So far nearly half of you (47%) think that location does matter, but that several places in the world have just as high a chance of innovation as Silicon Valley (depending on product type and other factors). A third of you (34%) think that location doesn't matter and that innovation can happen equally everywhere (NZ, Timbuktoo, etc). Only 1/5 of you (20%) think that Silicon Valley has the highest chance of innovation.
That's a wrap for another week!