How To Use Google+

How To Use Google+

Waiting for a Google Plus invite? Google is rolling out the service in waves and you can expect it to become a ubiquitous social option in the coming months. We have been playing with the service since getting invites yesterday and there are a lot of things to like about Google’s new social initiative.

Unlike Google’s last big invite-only…

Top 10 ReadWriteWeb Quotes of 2011

Top 10 ReadWriteWeb Quotes of 2011

An intern once asked me, what’s the difference between a “journalist” of my day and a “blogger” of his? I laughed and told him my day ain’t over yet. Then I followed up by saying that journalism is something I do on a blog, and there are many other things one can do on a blog, only a few of which I’ll allow.

The thing journalists still do…

Top 10 Enterprise Cloud Apps and Services of 2011

Top 10 Enterprise Cloud Apps and Services of 2011

It seems like just like summer, Bill Murray used to sing, and that’s because it was. This year, for the first time, ReadWriteWeb expanded its coverage of the technologies that change our world through the Web, with new emphasis on cloud-based services to consumers and cloud technologies for businesses. Cloud services are more than just hosts…

How Mobile Payments Will Evolve In the Next Several Years

How Mobile Payments Will Evolve In the Next Several Years

Mobile payment has become a mainstream tech topic in the last couple of years, mirroring the rise of smartphones and application stores. E-commerce is becoming m-commerce. The focus point of the buzz has been the evolution of near-field communications as related to smartphones. The thing is, nobody in the payments industry expects NFC to be a…

2012 Predictions: Richard MacManus

2012 Predictions: Richard MacManus

ReadWriteWeb is all about what’s next on the Web, so our team has been busy making their predictions for next year. Before I began writing my own, I took a look back at my predictions 12 months ago. Predictably, I had mixed success. But that’s a lot of the fun with predictions. Why not make some bold bets on the future, because that’s in the…

2012 Predictions, Mobile Edition: Dan Rowinski

2012 Predictions, Mobile Edition: Dan Rowinski

2011 saw the biggest boom in personal computing since the Apple II invaded homes and offices across the world. This time around it was not a desktop computer, or even some fancy new laptop. The smartphone has penetrated society with such speed and to such depth that basic human interaction with information has yet to adapt to the change…

Top Trends of 2011: How TV Grew More Social

Top Trends of 2011: How TV Grew More Social

This year wasn’t the first time any of us heard about the impact of social media on television. People have talked about TV shows on Facebook and Twitter for about as long as those social networks have existed, and the trend has only accelerated as social media usage in general has exploded.

Last year, chatter on Twitter helped the MTV Video…

Top 10 Culture-Tech Stories of 2011

Top 10 Culture-Tech Stories of 2011

Technology is frequently examined as though it were the reason for its own being, a kind of byte-driven tautology or spectacularly dry religious sect. But technology is a means to address questions. In that spirit, here are the top 10 stories about how we’ve employed the social web to ask and answer questions about our lives. These are “top…

Top 10 Feed & RSS Technologies of 2011

Top 10 Feed & RSS Technologies of 2011

News and activity feeds are more alive today than ever before, even as engagement with their simplest format, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), appears to be waning. What were the Top 10 Most Awesome RSS & Feed Products of 2011? We offer our list below. Though some of these weren’t born in the past year, all of them have made a big impact and are…

2012 Predictions: Alicia Eler

2012 Predictions: Alicia Eler

It’s the end of a big week here at ReadWriteWeb. For one, we just got acquired by SAY Media. As I sit here thinking about what happened in 2011 and what’s to come in 2012, I keep in mind the simple fact that soon ReadWriteWeb will be operating under a very clean look and feel in this brave new tech world. What does that have to do with 2012…

Top 10 Consumer Cloud Applications of 2011

Top 10 Consumer Cloud Applications of 2011

For the last few years, many everyday folks who’ve been asked in surveys, “What is a cloud application?” have either guessed wrong or said they don’t know. Folks don’t know what “the cloud” is, and for the most part, that’s not their fault. Unlike the Internet, which truly is a single network of interconnected resources, “the cloud” is more of…

Top Trends of 2011: Political Unrest and the Web

Top Trends of 2011: Political Unrest and the Web

To talk about the top trends on the Web as it relates to political unrest is a bit misleading. There were not trends, so much as there was the strengthening of a single trend that has been operant since before I started following online free speech in January of 2005. The tools of the social web have been used at a higher rate, and more in the…

The 10 Best TED Talks of 2011

The 10 Best TED Talks of 2011

Watching videos online is usually considered fun, but generally a waste of time. Not so with TED videos, which are uniformly interesting, educational, inspiring, and enjoyable. If you haven’t spent much time (or any) checking out TED videos, you should – and to help with that, I’ve compiled what seem to be the very best 10 TED videos of 2011.
It…

Top 10 Enterprise Products and Trends of 2011

Top 10 Enterprise Products and Trends of 2011

It was a year of consolidation for the enterprise. A year where maturing technologies trumped startups. The year that social networking began to creep into just about every nook and cranny of corporate applications, even something banal like email that you wouldn’t have expected these to change with the times. It was a year where tablets once again…

5 Biggest Surprises of 2011

5 Biggest Surprises of 2011

Every year there are at least a few surprising new Web products or developments. Things that you never saw coming, but which either radically change the Web landscape or become a delightful user experience. In rare cases, both. The iPhone announcement of January 2007 was one such case. An example of a surprising development which had a huge impact…

Top 10 Reader Comments of 2011

Top 10 Reader Comments of 2011

Another year has come and gone, and it’s time to recap 2011 in all its glory. While most of our recaps will educate you, I hope this one, filled with the top comments from your peers, will inspire you (or at least make you giggle). So whether this list has you nodding your head or gnashing your teeth, we’re happy to have played a part in your…

Where Are They Now? RWW’s Most Promising Companies Since 2004

Where Are They Now? RWW’s Most Promising Companies Since 2004

Earlier this week, as part of our annual Year in Review series, we announced our Most Promising Company for 2012. It’s an honor bestowed on a startup that we think shows the most promise for the coming year. We chose appMobi this year because of its HTML-based mobile development platform, which is tapping into a potentially huge trend.

We’ve…

Top Web Developer Tools of 2011

Top Web Developer Tools of 2011

While browser-based operating systems haven’t taken over the world, 2011 has been a pretty good year for Web developers. It’s an exciting time to be working in Web development, and there’s never been a better crop of tools to work with. Web standards are eclipsing proprietary toolkits, and the development community is creating its own set of open…