what 3 web apps or services you find the most exciting right now. Not your 3 most used or favorite, but the apps that currently make you tingly with excitement. We got some great responses in the comments, so in this post we pick out our top 10 from your choices.Yesterday we asked
We've chosen the 10 in two batches. Firstly, the services that got the most number of mentions. As expected, these are well known apps that millions of people are using (or will use when it's launched, in the case of Google Wave). We didn't want this to be purely a popularity contest though, so we've also selected 5 lesser known web apps or services. Those apps all got multiple mentions and in our estimation they're each worthy of being labeled 'exciting.'
Note: we offer the full list of apps voted for at the bottom of this post.
Top 5 Apps
This was fairly predictable, with Twitter well out in front. There's been such excitement and activity around Twitter this year, that nobody could really argue against Twitter being the most exciting web or service around in 2009.
Twitter was followed by no less than 3 Google products, one of them as yet unreleased! (Google Wave). This shows that Google still has that aura of being 'exciting,' at least with ReadWriteWeb's early adopter readers.
Facebook slipped in at number 5, so it too seems to have kept up its reputation for being innovative.
Top 5 Lesser Known Apps
6. Spotify (RWW coverage): this Swedish online music app is about to launch in the U.S. and is highly anticipated by that market. It's so exciting that we've predicted it may even threaten Apple's near monopoly iTunes product. We'll have to wait and see what happens on that front, but Spotify certainly has a lot of people salivating! Other online music services mentioned multiple times in our poll were Blip.fm and last.fm.
Dropbox: this was listed as one of ReadWriteWeb's 5 Favorite Online Storage Services in September last year. At the time it had only just opened to the public, but it has since gained many fans. Its integration with the desktop is perhaps the most exciting feature of this product. Other features we like are the sharing of folders and preservation of every revision of every file.7.
8. Seesmic: A number of Twitter clients were mentioned, like Hootsuite and TweetDeck. But one which has impressed us a lot in recent months has been Seesmic. In July we reported that Seesmic, previously only a desktop client, had released a web-based version and a new version of the Seesmic desktop. The web-based version of Seesmic recreates most of the features that are currently available in the desktop application. Our own Frederic Lardinois listed Seesmic Web as one of his 3 most exciting apps.
Wolfram|Alpha: Ever since Wolfram|Alpha's admittedly much hyped launch in May, we've been tracking this innovative product closely. It's a self-described "computational knowledge engine" and while it's not quite the Google killer some predicted, it has many potential uses - which makes it an exciting app to follow for us.9.
10. Pubsubhubbub: With a name harder to say that 'ReadWriteWeb,' this new Google Code project has excited the web development community. It's not a product, but a protocol. The project page describes it as a "simple, open, server-to-server web-hook-based pubsub (publish/subscribe) protocol as an extension to Atom (and RSS)." In laymans terms, it delivers your RSS feeds to you much quicker - in near real time.
To understand the context of Pubsubhubbub and similar exciting initiatives more, read Marshall Kirkpatrick's fine analysis of Distributed Social Networking.
There you have it, the top 10 most exciting web apps and services according to the ReadWriteWeb community! Let us know your further thoughts in the comments.
Here is the full list, a snapshot taken when the original post had 66 comments (sans links, but Google - or Bing - any app that catches your eye).
Google Reader 11
Google Wave 11
Wolfram Alpha 4
Google Analytics API
Know Thy Congressman
My Name is E
W3C QA Toolbox
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