Certainly seems like everyone is "Web 2.0’ing" these days and after attending the recent Web 2.0 Expo this seems truer than ever before. Previously some entrepreneurs or small teams were unable to get into the space due to the high level of programming and database work required to launch a web startup. That however has all changed thanks to a tidal wave of services like Dapper, Ning, Etelos, Yahoo Pipes and many more. These services can help with a lot of the initial leg work and open the doors to a whole new demographic of web developers. Luckily for them this demographic is up for the task as they are used to running on the cheap and quickly, two much needed traits in the industry today. Still too earlier to call "Bubble Deux" however by the size of this packed conference the next 24 months are going to be very interesting….
Some other highlights from the show include:
- Social Networks: Winner and Losers - The main reason I attended the conference and the best session I caught. In addition to being one of the prettiest women in tech Gina Bianchini from Ning.com had some great things to say about Social Networks. When questioned she defended the size of a niche market on the internet (the biggest benefactors of the Ning service). In a world with 1 billion people online even the most obscure niche can develop a very rich Social Network. With Ning you can create your own Social Network in seconds and if you ask they will even through in access to the source files. More coverage to come on Ning, right now I can possibly say enough good things about their service.
- Netvibes Universe – I’ve always been a big fan of this startup, their product achieves what most portals failed to do in the first dotcom boom. They also embody the Web 2.0 experience which is all about contributing to and developing your own spaces on the Internet. Netvibes Universe takes the product one step further by allow you to share your personal spaces with the others as well. I had the good fortune of sitting next to the CEO Tariq Krim at The Future of Web Apps and was surprised when he returned my emails and even asked for feedback. This type of community development is vitally important to any Web 2.0 startup these days. Lastly they throw the best parties
- Dapper – Why I haven’t been playing with this for months now I have no idea. Mash up or strip data from just about any web sites.
- Exhibit Hall – Wow everyone has a product to make my life easier, awesome.
Ratings: (on a scale of 1-5 hams)
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