The social bookmarking service del.icio.us, one of the first and most famous Web2.0-sites, is about to redesign it’s user-interface and to introduce some new features. There’s a preview available at http://preview.delicious.com, but only for invited users.
Some of the planned new features include extended sorting options for bookmarks, bulk tag editing, better organization and sorting of friends and watched people and a new search engine.
Google recently launched a service called “MyMaps” which allows you to easily create map mashups (provided that you have a Google account).
“Users are able to create their own maps and mark them public or private. The annotation tools that are provided are very simple and easy to use. Users are able to add lines, polygons and placemarks. They can edit those placemarks with HTML, images, and video. Once a map is created it is very easy to share it and syndicate it via KML. Items found during a local search can be added to a map with a click. Places found via GeoRSS or KML files can also be added to a map.”
(from O’Reilly Radar)
The nice little mashup “Last.tv” let’s you watch videos from YouTube that match the music of your (or another) last.fm account.
Yahoo! recently released a new service called “Pipes“, which allows to visually build mashups, i.e. mix, merge and sort data from different RSS-sources into a single RSS-feed, called the “pipe”.
Pipes are created in a visual editor (which you can see above), so no programming skills are necessary to access the data-sources and combine them. This visual tool is very similar to a tool called “Visual Composer” from SAP, which you can see here:
With Visual Composer you can build applications based on SAP function-modules or web-services, also without writing a single line of code.
Probably no end-user will create those kind of mashups or composed applications, it is still to “technical” to do it, but it makes it much easier for people who are skilled to do so. Therefore a large number of those apps will be available, each one adapted and optimized for it’s single purpose, perhaps combined of other apps, so the end user has a bigger chance to get what he just needs.
(from O’Reilly Radar)
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This fantastic video very understandingly shows the development of the web to today’s “Web 2.0“. It focuses on the change of publications forms, from HTML-based web-pages to XML-based RSS-feeds, from text to multimedia, from static web-sites to collaborative and social web-services:
Here you can find a list of the best Web 2.0 sites, clearly arranged into several categories.
The popular photo-sharing site flickr announced three very nice new features some days ago:
- “Guest Pass” allows friends and family to view private photos without the need to create their own flickr-account, which was one of the most requested features of all time
- “m.flickr.com“, flickr’s mobile site, has become some new features, but requires a Yahoo-based login now
- The “Camera Finder” gives you the possibility to investigate what the most popular camera-models are, have a look on photos taken with a given camera and so on. Thus you get some very good decision help if you want to buy a new camera yourself.
You could say there are enough online- and web2.0-style calendar-/organizer-app’s out there to find one that fit’s your needs, like Google Calendar, 30 Boxes, KiKo, … But there is a new one coming up that looks “very interesting” to say the least: Scrybe.
Scrybe seems to be kind of “revolutionary” in at least tow ways: it is accessible offline (though browser-based) and has a really novel way of how users interact with the calendar-app.
Have a look at their demo-video and form your own view on it:
By the way, what I see there reminds me a little bit of what I saw from SAP’s “Project Muse“, which is Flash-based (Apollo) and is to feature offline-capabilities too…
Writely and Google spreadsheets are now combined as “Google Docs & Spreadsheets“, which includes that the writely brand has also been removed. Google’s office-suite assumes shape.
(from Web2.0 Explorer)
There have been some rumours out there, now there is an official press-release: the leading search-engine Google will acquire the most popular video-sharing platform YouTube for $1.65 billion in stock.
This is the most expensive acquisition in Google’s history, for a rival of their own video service with only half of YouTube’s market share. Some say this would show that Google is moving more and more toward’s being “another content company“, but as they still have products like writely and google spreadsheets, you could also say they are moving towards being a office-suite vendor. There doesn’t seem to be ‘the one’ strategic direction for Google…
UPDATE: nice comic related to this topic from blaugh :-)