Social software site

Summary:We Macheads tend to be obsessive upgraders, we keep tabs on our favorite software and tend to keep it fanatically up-to-date. Sites like MacUpdate.com (my personal fave) and VersionTracker.com prove indispensable at tracking our favorite application versions and user comments about them. There's a new kid on the block that combines software updates with social networking and the ability to discover new applications.

We Macheads tend to be obsessive upgraders, we keep tabs on our favorite software and tend to keep it fanatically up-to-date. Sites like MacUpdate.com (my personal fave) and VersionTracker.com prove indispensable at tracking our favorite application versions and user comments about them. There's a new kid on the block that combines software updates with social networking and the ability to discover new applications.

IUseThis.com is a social software tracker that combines MacUpdate and Digg.com. It's simple, when you see an application that you use, you click on the icon that says "I use this." Once you build up a profile of applications that you use, the site will be able to recommend others that you may also like. In addition to their popularity system, the site also allows you to leave comments.

According to the developers (Arne and Marcus):

iusethis.com uses a much more democratic way to rate apps, by counting the number of users you can define the value of an app to a much higher degree then using ratings.
In addition to ratings you can also tag an application with keywords. If you're logged in there's also a useful tag view that displays the 75 most popular keywords grouped in five different sizes by popularity, and sorted alphabetically. When you are logged in, your app's tags show up in red.

As with any popularity system, it's only as good as its user base. Right now the site is still small but it's growing fast. Set up a free profile and fell free to add me as a friend (my handle is powerpage).

How do you keep your software up-to-date? 

Topics: Apps

About

Jason D. O'Grady developed an affinity for Apple computers after using the original Lisa, and this affinity turned into a bona-fide obsession when he got the original 128 KB Macintosh in 1984. He started writing one of the first Web sites about Apple (O'Grady's PowerPage) in 1995 and is considered to be one of the fathers of blogging.... Full Bio

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