Flickr, 37Signals, YouTube (in 2006, the year it was acquired by Google), Twitter (in 2007, before it went mainstream), Zoho, and Aardvark. As you can see, many of these companies have gone onto much bigger things. When we select the Best LittleCo winner each year, we look for small companies (less than 100 employees) that have set the online world alight.Every year since 2004, ReadWriteWeb has selected a best 'little company.' In past years we've given this honor to
This year there was plenty of competition. Foursquare won the battle of the check-in apps, Flipboard created an innovative iPad app that caught our imagination, Instagram burst onto the scene with a mobile photo app. The LittleCo that impressed us the most though was New York-based Tumblr.
We've already noted that the rise of Tumblr, Posterous and other 'light blogging' services was one of the top trends of 2010. These are products which enable you to publish and share things very quickly and at the click of a button. A lot of the activity in this form of publishing in 2010 was due to Tumblr's increasing usage among people outside of the early adopter set, along with pick-up from a number of traditional media companies.
Tumblr launched back in 2007, but this year it really took off in terms of growth - crushing its nearest light blogging rival,
ReadWriteWeb's 2010 In Review:
Tumblr currently boasts over 11 million blogs running on its service, perhaps leading to some performance hiccups recently.
In a recent comparison we did between Tumblr and the popular blogging service Wordpress, we discovered that people who visit Tumblr blogs view far more pages per person and twice as many pages in total. WordPress still has many more publishers and far more site visitors, but Tumblr is doing better on a user engagement level.
Heading into 2011, Tumblr has a full tank of funding petrol and is racing full speed up the page view growth slope. Content curation is expected to be a big trend of 2011, so next year could be another tipping point again for this trendy New York startup.
What do you think of our choice for Best LittleCo of 2010? Do you agree with Tumblr, or should it have been another startup? As always, let us know in the comments.