Apr 12

Nat Torkington

Nat Torkington

Web 2.0 Directory

What's the name of that Ajax calendar? No, no that one, the other one. Sgrodee? Plumpa? Calendr? Nothing kills a chat-up move in the pub like being unable to recall a trend-chasing clonealike. If only there were a place to go where every pastelled big-font Javascript palace on the web was indexed ... but wait! There is! The Web 2.0 List has a bazillion companies (disclaimer: my metric bazillion may vary from your imperial bazillion) and they're conveniently (wait for it) tagged. An easily perusable list of all the garish calendars is just a click away, and with it the check-mate in your seduction. One final tip for the day: for a really good time, don't forget to ask whether he/she has an architecture of participation.

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  Joe [04.12.06 05:22 AM]

Not a bad list - thanks for bringing it to our attention.

However, a question to all of the people writing all these apps - especially flickr and gmail: the term "beta" actually self-destructs after 7 years - you might consider dropping it from your apps after awhile. ;-)

In thinking why people keep the "beta" moniker the only thing I can think of is that they don't want to get badgered if something goes wrong. They can easily say "oh, well, it's beta!"

At some point, software needs to grow up and leave the safety of the beta womb. Just because you keep adding features doesn't mean you can stay in perpetual beta. Call it 1.0, drop the beta, then start working on new features as 1.1.


  Dharmesh Shah [04.12.06 06:47 AM]

I think the "infinite beta" is really a simple way for companies not to have to commit to things working "quite right".

I wrote a short article on this phenomenon here:

To Launch Or Not To Launch - The Benefits Of The Infinite Beta

  Brendan O'Connell [04.12.06 09:05 AM]

A more compelling place to start is looking at the excellent which not merely compiles a list but points to what is working.

  rupert [04.13.06 12:58 AM]

I like nat's sense of disdain for the names of these apps... in their defense, nat, all the good domains are taken.

Also, I think the whole endless beta thang comes from FOSS. I mean, what version # is fluxbox at? Is it actually, in any way, unstable or feature incomplete?

  bambalan [09.21.06 08:51 AM]

to me a web 2.0 site is not just about cool AJAX functionlity that enhaces the user experience; I describe web 2.0 as movement towards a user-centric design where users are presented with exactly what they want throughout the whole interaction process. A great web 2.0 site is

  Web Tool [10.12.06 02:13 PM]

I think it's nice that all the cool websites that have forward thinking design and functionality are lumped into web 2.0. But what really completes the story is if they are contributing to society at large: which is the real test of "web 2.0-ness". Here's an old concept, but with a touch of web 2.0 style added:

Free Popup Creator

  Vatsis [03.06.07 10:51 AM]

Here's another RSS feed filtering site, but with only content that matter: (warning - adult site)

  Pramit Singh [11.06.07 02:49 AM], the Community Publishing Platform also has a useful directory component.

  Ben Daniel [08.26.08 05:45 PM]

This is a new one for sending large files that are too large to email.

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