Web 2.0 Products We Need (But Which Don't Exist Yet)

Web 2.0 Products We Need (But Which Don't Exist Yet)

Summary: Mike Arrington from TechCrunch.com has written an excellent post in which he lists 10 types of Web 2.

TOPICS: Enterprise 2.0

Mike Arrington from TechCrunch.com has written an excellent post in which he lists 10 types of Web 2.0 products the world needs, but which nobody has developed (at least to our knowledge). Here's his list and I'll add some more after:

1. Better and Cheaper Online File Storage
2. Blog/website Email Lists
3. Portable Reputations
4. Tailored Local Offers (via RSS)
5. Facebook, in other countries
6. Free Music
7. Open Source Yellow Pages
8. Podcast Transcriptions
9. Decentralized Review Aggregation
10. Build Something Cool with SSE (Microsoft's new RSS extensions)

To that list I'd add there is a real need for what I've termed Aggregator 2.0 (original, huh?). By that I mean an RSS Aggregator that is a lot smarter than the current generation. I want my Aggregator to get to know my preferences, automatically filter out content that won't interest me (start with duplicates and go from there), do future searches for me, triangulate stories, and a whole lot more. Kind of like Rojo meets PubSub meets memeorandum meets Findory meets Chandler meets something nobody has invented yet. In a nutshell, it has to be more like an agent or a bot than a piece of software. So not much to ask then ;-)

Other things I think we need:

  • more Web 2.0 products for eBooks.
  • a personalized memeorandum, where I can tweak the inputs myself.
  • better and more automated tools for inserting microformats into blog posts (e.g. technorati tags)
  • Translation service for foreign language blogs - e.g. there are a few Asian Web 2.0 blogs that I'd love to read, but which I can't because of the language barrier.
  • A reputation system that is as easy to understand as the Whuffie system in Cory Doctorow's book.

Those are just some of the things I can think of off the top of my head. Why not make some suggestions in the Talkback section, I'd love to hear your ideas!

Topic: Enterprise 2.0

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  • here is a AJAX messenger

  • Tried Searchfox?

    While it's not yet close to the "agent" status that you're looking for, the (Web based) Searchfox aggregator is worth a look. Scores/sorts items based upon your reading behavior, which has worked fairly well for me thus far.

    There are a number of features that I'd like to see added there before I'm even comfortable calling searchfox my primary reader, but it seems like it's pointing in the direction that you're looking for.

    W.B. McNamara
  • Getting closer to agent...

    Searchfox looks pretty cool. It's great that the heuristics work as well as they do. I've <a href="http://opposablemind.blogsome.com/2005/11/22/rss-remixing/">written a piece</a> that I think moves a bit closer still to the vision of an agent. It would be a semi-automatic agent that harnesses collective intelligence to help me with my daily browsing, as well as blogging...

    - David
  • Web 2.0 Products...

    A few people have mentioned SearchFox, so I must go back and try it. I did try it a while ago, but it didn't grab me at the time. But I'll give it another go.
  • Agree on translation service

    Hey, Richard. I agree with you on the translation service that is needed. I wrote about this before at:


    The Blogosphere: Lost in Translation?
    It could be if translation technology can't keep pace with the instantaneous, spontaneous nature of communications on blogs and social networks.
  • Blog email list

    There is an excellent Email Notification plugin for Wordpress that I've setup for several of my clients.

  • need Quicken killer (e.g. using AJAX)

    I think we *really* need a Web 2.0 online version of the Quicken / MS Money type of personal financial software, complete with direct access to your accounts, etc.

    My wife wants to ditch Linux and go back to Windows, so that she can run Quicken (and some educational software that she has). Yes I know about Moneydance, KMyMoney, and Wine, but the whole issue would be moot if similar functionality were available on a web site to anyone with a browser.
    • Hosted in Nigeria???

      I couldn't agree with you more, I'd love to have a WEB 2.0 version of Quicken. At present I'm even thinking of doing my personal finance using Google Spreadsheets, I'm so desperate for this.

      However, I found a site, edo.com, which offers a small scale service, and excitedly started creating accounts, etc. and then reaslised I hadn't read anywhere they'd keep it safe - Actually, for all I know it's a site run by the same money scammers who constantly tell me they have millions and need my account to "process" it through :-)

      I'd go for it, but only if a company far more richer than me (like Google) were hosting it.
  • character-by-character real time IM

    Anybody remember Unix Talk/YTalk or VMS PHONE utilities? Every time I use IM I get frustrated at having to wait for the other person to hit Enter. Why do we put up with this!?

    With those "old" technologies you see every character the other person types in real time (you even see them backspacing when they make a typo) -- or maybe a burst of a few characters a couple of times a second anyway.

    Probably not practical for more than a two-way or maybe three-way conversation, but I don't see any other downside. Network traffic should not be an issue anymore.

    Someone will object "but I want to proofread every line before I send it", and that's fine, the regular IM will still be available. It's like saying you don't like IM because you want to compose and edit an entire page before you send it -- that's fine and email will still be available for that.

    I've experimented with telserv which lets anyone with only a telnet client "talk" to you character by character by clicking on a telnet URL. But running old unaudited C code that implements a server on your PC is asking for trouble these days.
    • character-by-character real time IM

      It would be nice if some clever person would develop a software add on to Skype, to be able to chat character by character. I happen to know that many deaf people also would prefer to communicate this way. It is more natural, including the typing errors. Those people used to communicate with text phones. They could even interrupt each other. That was considered to be rude, but rudeness sometimes is part of the communication.
      It is important though, that there are NO separate windows for the two participants in the communication. Different fonts, or different colors would be great but one wants to read back the sequence of questions and answers in the conversation.
      • character-by-character real time IM

        There is such a program now. And it is entirely free. WWW.Skypetelex.com.
  • Consumer Led Innovation

    web2.0 is all about collective participation.

    Here is a concept for ?Consumer Led Innovation? harnessing Web2.0. Find more here->http://chandanscorner.blogspot.com/