Following on from my post
at the end of last week listing the top German web apps,
R/WW reader Mark Schoondorp sent me a list of Dutch web apps. Mark himself is the
designer of Wat vinden wij over (meaning ‘What
do we think of” / ‘What is your opinion on’ / ‘what do we find’). It’s a social
bookmarking site, which Mark says focuses on the user as much as the bookmarks – i.e. it
makes recommendations and rewards experts.
Mark also told me about 5 other Dutch web apps, all of which resemble US web 2.0
poster children. Cloning of web apps is a common occurrance all over the world –
including in Silicon Valley itself. Once a successful formula has been created in a 2.0
market segment, there’s a market for a local version – particularly if that country’s
language is different. But even here in english-speaking NZ and Australia (my neck of the
woods), there are local versions of Flickr, del.icio.us, MySpace, YouTube, etc.
Hyves.net – a dutch version of LinkedIn
eKudos – a dutch digg clone
qport.nl – like Netvibes, but dutch (i.e. personalized
I’d love to get similar info about other international markets, so contact me if you’d
like to contribute your country’s top web apps.
Update: Robert Gaal, who works on eKudos and Linklog, also has a list of Dutch web apps.