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Top Spanish Web 2.0 Apps

Next in my
series on top international Web apps is Spain. The previous countries profiled were Germany, Holland, Poland, Korea, United Kingdom and

The information in this post comes from two people: Eduardo
Perez Orue
from the Spanish Virtual Desktop product EyeOS, plus a R/WW reader named Carlos (sorry I didn’t get
his last name).

An interesting fact about Spain’s web apps is that most sites are presented with
multilingual engines. Eduardo told me that Spanish Web entrepreneurs think that
Spanish-only sites have a limited audience – “only 300 million people or so” (!) – so a
lot of them create multilingual apps.

Also, Eduardo noted that the big three (Yahoo, Google and MSN) are a big part of the
market. Almost everybody uses Yahoo.es and Google.es – and Google and YouTube are used for videos, etc.
This may sound obvious, but remember that a lot of the international markets R/WW has
profiled so far are not dominated by ‘the big 3’ – Russia and Korea for example.

Eduardo’s Picks

Here are Eduardo’s favorite Spanish apps (and Carlos’ follow after that).

Tagzania – a geomapping site with excellent
features; you can create your own “geoposts” and it automatically produces a KML file of
your posts for Google Earth. Here is Eduardo’s account and the KML of his videos (in the form
of a travel videoblog).

MobuzzTV is an online video

Bankinter is a banking website, which is an
unusual thing in the web20 world. Eduardo said it’s “not really a great web site, but the
integration of the web with the SMSs (text messages on cell phones) is very good. You can
set alarms in your web page to get an SMS when you get money, when you transfer money,
when you reach a certain balance, etc. I have an alert every time my credit card gets
charged, so when I go to a restaurant I can see inmediately how much they charge me in my
phone – and if they charge only once! The alerts arrive sometimes before I get the paper
to sign from the waiter…”

FON is the new routing invention of an Argentinean
entrepreneur living in Madrid. The Fon router shares your DSL or cable connection so that
other people can use it. In exchange, you get to use other users’ wifi. Eduardo thinks
it’s a great idea and notes that the developer got backup from Google and Skype.

Other Spanish Web Apps

Digg clone: Meneame.net is the biggest and most followed
digg clone in Spain and Latin America. Eduardo says it’s not a full digg clone, in that
it has improvements in some aspects.

Slashdot clone: Barrapunto excellent site, now
shadowed a bit by the digg clone Meneame (similar to what’s happened in the Western

Podcasts: Comunicando and Triunfa en internet

Classifieds: Loquo is a copy of craigslist that
has been having a bit of success lately. Eduardo has his own classifieds play, in the
form of a new app called Zolow.com – which he says “is our
version of a digital bulletin, the kind you find in a supermarket.” I’ve looked at it
myself and am intrigued…

Video channels: MobuzzTV is the best (mentioned
above). Also see Cálico
, which despite its difficult name is an impressive Flash animation
site. Eduardo says go to “capítulos” and watch one. They have thousands of
subscribers. Also Eduardo mentions fresa.TV, another one
he’s involved with. He says that MobuzzTV is better, “but we are aiming at the non-geek

Blogger clone: http://www.lacoctelera.com/,
which is popular in Spain.

Monster clone: http://www.infojobs.net/

Barradevoces / Barofvoices
allows you to leave messages in your blog a la voicemail from Skype, Ekiga, etc.

QDQ has pictures of thousands of
buildings in Spain, so you can search for an address and see what the building looks like
(type Castellana 2 for instance in the street address in Madrid).

Endeve is an online invoicing system.

Video downloader to download
YouTube or Google Video videos. 

MMORPGs: La Prisión is the biggest
one in Spain.

Xiclets (Eduardo is also involved in this – he’s a
busy guy!) allows you to create mini pages in seconds.

eyeOS is a virtual desktop service that (you guessed
it) Eduardo is involved in 🙂 I can confirm though that it’s not in this list to make up
the numbers, as I reviewed it
on ZDNet and it is without doubt one of the global market leaders in the
small but growing WebOS space.

Carlos’ Picks

Carlos from Spain also sent me a great list of local apps. Some of these are repeats
of what Eduardo’s list, but Carlos has some good notes – so I’ve left his list pretty
much as-is.

First here are some Spanish apps that are available in english:

The following apps are mainly Spanish language ones, although I’d be interested to
know how many of these are multilingual (as per Eduardo’s note above). Perhaps some
Spanish-speaking people can let us know in the comments to this post?

Comments below are by Carlos…

Social Networks

http://www.econozco.com/ (business networking,
like LinkedIn)
http://qdamos.es/ (social, just contacts)
http://www.egrupos.net/ (for some, the MySpace of
the Spanish world – from the same Zoom developers (see above), this is probably the most
prolific 2.0 company in the Spanish world so far.)

Blogging platforms:

http://www.bitacoras.com/ (oldest and probably
the largest blogging platform in Spanish)
http://www.blogia.com/ (not as plentiful but many
good & popular blogs live here)
http://www.zoomblog.com/ (yup, the Zoom guys
http://www.compareblogs.com/ (some really cool experiments on blog stats)

Aggregators and Digg-like:

http://www.meneame.net/ (like Digg but in Spanish,
very popular – yes you can feel the “meneame” effect in the Spanish world just like the
Digg effect in the US but at a smaller scale of course)
http://www.fresqui.com/ (Meneame runner-up, nicer
UI, 1/4 of the success)


http://www.caleio.com/ (Online calendar, in
http://www.mirablog.com/ (blog search
http://www.ataja.es/ (like tinyurl but in Spanish, not
sure this would be considered a web 2.0 app)
http://www.mytv0.com/ (add TV to your site/blog/etc.
The service sounds interesting but I haven’t tried it)
http://www.magnatuneasy.com/ (a sleeker UI and
RSS feeds for magnatune.com)
http://www.eventtos.com/ (create & keep track
of events)

Thanks to Eduardo and Carlos for the excellent info here. As with the other
international web apps posts, I encourage people to add any Spanish apps that weren’t
listed. But more importantly, tell everyone what the Spain Web industry is like – what’s
happening there that’s different to Silicon Valley or other places? I got some fantastic
comments on the Russian post (a few of them challenging it, but that’s fine too).
So feel free to comment on this post if you’re from Spain or speak Spanish and know the
apps that come from there well.

Update: Antonio Fumero points out an excellent list of Spanish apps at Loog(ic). There are also additional apps being listed in the comments of my post here.

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