Webware 100 and Inspiration

23 05 2007

Webware just posted the nominations in each category for the top 100 Web 2.0 gadgets out there. It’s fascinating seeing all the offerings. Most of the nominees are folks we’ve heard of before (Twitter, Squidoo), but some are completely new to me, like Cha Cha (a search engine that enhances searches through the use of “skilled search experts”…gee, where have I heard of that before?), Tangler (Community conversations…kind of like discussion boards/message boards, but better), and Midomi (hum that song you heard while waiting in line and Midomi will tell you the title, artist, and where you can buy it… but not only that, you can buy the recordings of other Midomi users who sang the song on the site… there’s even a recording studio).

Some of my other favorite finds from the list:

  • Basecamp – I’d like to try this one out for my next group project. It’s an online communication, collaboration and milestone-tracking tool. Way easier than trying to figure out who’s got the latest version of the Gantt Chart.
  • ConceptShare – Same type of thing but for the visuals… it’s so hard to talk about what needs fixing with a visual design via email. This lets you mark up/comment on images… draw all over it!
  • Instructables – Create something (knit it, paint it, cook it, whatever-it), then show others how they can do it, too.

So…what does all this have to do with libraries and marketing? Well, Cha Cha has a pretty direct correlation:

ChaCha’s goal is to provide a better search experience by combining results that are hand-picked by our knowledgeable human guides with the best computer-generated search results. In those cases where you can’t find what you need with our instant results, ChaCha will connect you with a live human guide who will find the information for you through an instant messaging-style search session.


And the others, well, I’m not sure yet. Instructables is fascinating… so is Midomi… harvesting all that creativity and capturing it… making it searchable. It warms my heart…

Now as for Basecamp, ConceptShare and Tangler… well, I think those are tools I want us to use. Us being the library advocates. I want us to have a community… something it kind of feels like we’re lacking. A place to share our ideas, successes, to comment on the work of others. I can say “what do you think” here on my own little blog with no readership…but the conversation is then somewhat limited to my small sphere. I want us to go bigger…much bigger.




2 responses

24 05 2007

If you get a chance, you should check out Huddle http://www.huddle.net – an online collaboration tool like Basecamp only much easier to use!

Allows you to have a proper community (inlcuding profiles & pictures of users) across multiple projects- like a private Facebook group. Has all the project and document management features too like milestones and audit trails 🙂

24 05 2007

Cool! I will definitely check that out for my next collaborative project… Thanks!

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