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Weekly Wrapup Special: Best Products & BigCo of 2009

In this special edition of the Weekly Wrapup, our weekly newsletter, we summarize our end-of-year series profiling the best web products of 2009. We also carried out a Reader Poll this week, asking our readers to select their favorite products of the year. We present the results of that poll here.

Finally, this week we announced our 6th annual Best BigCo award. Read on to find out which big Internet company impressed us the most in 2009.

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Reader Picks: Best Web Products of 2009

This week we ran a reader poll, asking for your votes on the top Web products of the year. Thousands of you voted for up to 10 products, from a list of 100 selected by the ReadWriteWeb authors over December.

The poll has now closed and we’re pleased to present the ReadWriteWeb community’s Top 10 Web Products of 2009.

Here is the final top 10:

1. Twitter

2. Google Chrome

3. Google Maps

4. Facebook

5. WordPress

6. iPhone platform

7. Google Apps

8. Adobe AIR

9. Hulu

10. TweetDeck

For more analysis, read our announcement post.

Best BigCo 2009

In one of ReadWriteWeb’s longest-running traditions, every year we review the top Internet companies and their impact over the past 12 months. This week we announced the 6th annual Best BigCo, a.k.a. big Internet company. In 2008 the Best BigCo went to Apple, due largely to the iPhone and App Store. Facebook won in 2007, Google in 2006 and 2004, and Yahoo! in 2005.

For 2009, the ReadWriteWeb team chose Google as our Best BigCo.In our top 100 products list for 2009, seven Google products made the cut:

  • Android platform
  • Google App Engine
  • Google Apps
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Maps
  • Google Search Options and Rich Snippets
  • Google Voice

And we didn’t even include Google Wave, its biggest launch of the year. We think Wave has a lot of potential, but it’s clearly at the experimental stage still. The web browser Chrome was probably the Google product that had the biggest impact this year.

Read more about Google and the other nominees…

Best Web Products of 2009

In what’s become an annual tradition, every December ReadWriteWeb selects the best Web products of the past year. In a series of 10 articles, we examined the top web products in categories ranging from consumer web apps to RSS and syndication platforms.

Top 10 Mobile Web Products of 2009

We kicked off the series with a look at the top mobile web products of the past year. This is a subjective list of editorially selected products, but one which includes some of the biggest names in mobile web applications for 2009.

Top 10 Consumer Web Apps of 2009

Every year at ReadWriteWeb, we look at hundreds of new web apps aimed at everyday users. Occasionally, we come across a service that stands out from the pack because it offers a novel solution, disrupts the way incumbent market leaders do business or changes the way we experience the Web. Here is our list of the top 10 consumer web apps of 2009.

Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2009

2009 has seen a lot of Semantic Web and structured data activity. Much of it has been driven by Linked Data, a W3C project which gained momentum this year. The 10 products we’ve picked out for this end-of-year review are ones that have done interesting things with data. Connecting to other data, building new applications with data, sharing data, and more.

Top 10 International Web Products of 2009

Thriving tech communities exist around the globe, from Toronto to Tel Aviv, and the success of internationally-based web products serve as a reminder to all of us that innovation knows no borders.

Top 10 RSS & Syndication Technologies of 2009

The web isn’t about pages any more. Now it’s about streams, feeds and syndication. Only one service makes a repeat appearance this year.

Top 10 Enterprise Products of 2009

2009 may be remembered as the year that enterprises truly understood the importance of social software. This was manifested by the rise of enterprise collaboration services, cloud computing technologies and the growing importance of mobile technologies for the enterprise.

Top 10 Internet of Things Products of 2009

2009 has been a turning point for the Internet of Things, when real world objects (such as lights, cars and packages) get connected to the Internet. This trend has added a significant amount of new data to the Web, so for that reason alone it is an important development.

Top 10 Real-Time Technologies of 2009

The real-time web was hot this year and it’s likely to become a standard expectation on sites all around the world next year. We’ve tracked this trend extensively with a face-to-face summit of industry leaders and an 84-page research report on The Real-Time Web and Its Future.

Who were the big movers and shakers in real time this year? Check out our list of the top 10 to find out.

Top 10 Startup Products of 2009

There were a ton of great products launched in 2009 by big companies and startups alike, but in this post we focus on the best products released by startups.

Top 10 Web Platforms of 2009

2009 has been a big year for mobile and real-time technologies, which is reflected in our selection of the top 10 Web platforms of the year.

That’s a wrap for another week. Enjoy your weekend everyone and happy Christmas!

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