2007 Half-Year Web Technology Report. This review showed that Google and Facebook have been setting the pace on the Web so far in 2007. Do you agree? Please leave a comment on that post if you have an opinion on the top Web Tech companies of 2007.To mark the halfway point of 2007, I wrote up a
the pivots of the Web, which in a nutshell asked: What's Next After Social Networking?. Check out the comments on that post, as an excellent futuristic discussion is still in progress.Emre Sokullu wrote two fascinating pieces this week. First he explored
Emre also wrote a revealing post on what Internet millionaires do with their money. He classified 4 different types:
- Serial entrepreneurs - keep doing the same
- Dreamers - expand their horizons
- Midas - invest and help multiple entrepreneurs grow new businesses
- Consistents - stick with their jobs
Unfortunately there were few women on the list, as commenter Angela pointed out. Another commenter, the anonymous "Mr Example", claimed that he was one of the people on the list and that "the real reason to do startups is the adrenaline. It's a thrill ride. Why not get on again?".
On a similar theme, Josh Catone wrote a piece this week entitled Making a Copycat Site? At Least Copy an Idea That's Working. Josh noted that some entrepreneurs strike it rich time and again, but rarely with the same business. In other words, originality is key.
Digital Life vs Life Digital. His thesis is that life is becoming more digital and the digital is becoming more alive. On one hand we have the rapid rise of Second Life and other virtual worlds. On the other we are beginning to annotate our planet with digital information, via technologies like Google Earth.Alex Iskold wrote about
Also this week we tracked the aftermath of the iPhone launch last Friday. We continued to explore Web Apps on iPhone and Alex wrote an in-depth piece on Why iPhone May Really Matter. The latter post explores the high level strategy behind Apple's iPhone - and it may surprise you how far-reaching it is for the Web.
Last week also marked the go-live of CNN.com's web 2.0 re-design. This week Josh took a look at redesigned mainstream news sites, comparing CNN, USA Today and AOL News.
In another Web Office play, Google acquired GrandCentral this week - a web-based telephony service. Our post noted that this move is a threat to Skype.
Also we reviewed New Netscape.com - One Year On. How has their social news makeover, which occured June 2006, turned out?
R/WW Network Blogs
last100's weekly wrapup has all the latest news from the digital lifestyle frontier. Plus this week last100 tested and reviewed three Internet TV applications. VeohTV, which is pitching itself as a more open alternative to Joost; Zattoo, a p2p live streaming offering; and LiveStation, which like Zattoo also specializes in ‘live’ TV over the net, rather than on-demand content.
AltSearchEngines, the big news was the latest Top 100 Alt Search Engines, for July 2007. This month's list has 'gone global' - from now on there will always be 10 slots reserved for International Alts.Over on
Thoof: A New Social News Startup. It's a link sharing and social news site, allowing users to edit link titles and descriptions (or add new tags). In that sense, it papers over some cracks in digg's system.The Startup of the Week is
Other web products we profiled this week:
- Current TV Takes User Generated Content On Air
- eSnailer: Send Postal Mail From the Web
- Glubble: Parental Control in Firefox
- MyLifeBrand: Social Network Aggregator Playing Catch Up
Our poll this week asked: What Will Apple Conquer Next?. Here are the results:
Mobile Web (WAP, Nokia, ...) 38% (118 votes)
Browsers (IE, Firefox, ...) 14% (44 votes)
Social Networking (Facebook, MySpace, ...) 12% (36 votes)
Search (Google, Yahoo, ...) 5% (16 votes)
Other (please comment below) 17% (52 votes)
All of the above (Mua ha ha!) 14% (43 votes)
The Mobile Web is seen as the next conquest of Apple, but check the comments because "Other" got the next best vote. Examples of other include: new types of hardware, in-dash gps/audio solution, cameras, TV. Read the discussion for more details.
That's a wrap for another week! Enjoy your weekend everyone.