Web 2.0 Applications I Use

We were discussing various well-established and hot-out-of-the press web 2.0 (pardon the overused buzzword) applications and social networking sites each other actually use and like with a colleague. I came to think that there are more of them than I thought before listing them out. In no particular order:

And then there are a few that I haven’t ended up frequenting for one reason or another:

  • NetVibes – there are only so many web based widget/RSS aggregators one can stick to; for now Personalized Google wins for me because of some Google app widgets I need which are not as good in NetVibes yet
  • StumbleUpon – haven’t had that feeling of “oh, gosh, I have this free hour to spend and really don’t know where to start reading the internet” in a while
  • Digg – there is only so much news one can take, would it be socially filtered or not; Digg tends to be too US-centric and thus less relevant for me than some other sources.

And then of course are the are the blogging/publishing tools, like Google Analytics and Feedburner in my bookmarks, but this is another topic.

But… Why?

I am a huge believer in transparency. In social interaction, in communications and in business more specifically.

I am a growing believer of giving. Donating your time and knowledge to a cause without immediate, measurable, directly monetizable result. And just putting (at least some of) the valuables you have out there for others to come, use and build on it. Think of CreativeCommons and web 2.0 services exposed via interfaces that allow mash-ups here. I mean sharing and value-creating usage, not just technological “openness” such as a blind rally for all the source code in the world being open for just the sake of it.

And last but not least there is the geeky interest into where the web and it’s participants are heading. Where does the human nature with the appropriate dose of applied technology lead us to the unexpected? When and why do the really down-to-earth, pragmatically useful everyday tools emerge from the web 2.0 hype wave?

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  • rayc

    have you tried Jaiku from our Finnish neighbors? I prefer it to Twitter.

  • As you seem to be brave to use Personalized Google, haven’t you ever experienced such thing as Google-Paranoia? 😉

  • rayc >
    Haven’t really tried Jaiku, but heard of it. As usual with these kind of services, you tend to land where your friends invite you to. I wouldn’t twit if they didn’t nudge me, to use the Twitter-lingo. 🙂

  • methodik >
    Of course, there are risks involved with any data you put online. I’d refer you back to the transparency point in my post.
    First of all, I just don’t think there is that much of what I keep with Google that I badly need to hide. My truly secure communications happen over Skype chats & calls. My business mail & calendar are elsewhere. My personalized Google homepage has panels such as summary output from Google Reader, a few Google Analytics graphs and a japanese word of the day panel. 🙂
    It becomes the paranoia-compromise point of course if you start thinking what Google could do with not the data itself, but the potential metalayer of analysis of the relations between me and various parties (like regular readers of this blog & other bloggers I read) and my usage patterns of various data.
    Thanks, this is a good discussion to have.