Lots of Web 2.0 sites are great. But for every Flickr, there's a site that's just full of rubbish. Here are a few of the new web's silliest ideas.
There's no doubt that Web 2.0 technology is great. Sites such as Wikipedia, Flickr and Last.fm harness collective knowledge, promote interaction and communication, and improve the more you use them.
However, not every Web 2.0 site is a winner. Many are vague, pointless, or just plain silly. How do you identify a dumb Web 2.0 site? First, the site's mission statement must be impenetrable. For example 'Spotback' is a personalised rating system that recommends relevant content based on personal rating history using collaborative filtering and aggregated knowledge technologies'. Make sense to you - nope us neither.
Second, the site must solve a problem that has been solved a million times already or didn't need solving in the first place.
Third, its name must love the letter 'r' but eschew vowels ( Drivl, Grazr, Hngry), or be a refugee from 'Jabberwocky' (CurdBee, Egghub, Humyo and Jiffle).
Here are 14 of the silliest and most redundant, tasteless, or mystifying web 2.0 sites. warning: Visiting these sites may impair higher brain functions.
If you were a venture capitalist and some supposed web visionaries came to you with a home page dominated by an animated picture of a talking alpaca, wouldn't that in itself be enough to make you say "No thanks"? Apparently not in the case of Blabberize, which lets users add audio and animate the mouths in pictures.
Let's say your mate Dan owes you £10 for a pizza. You ask Dan for the money. "Robert," says Dan testily, "I paid for your botox last month, remember? Chill." D'oh! How embarrassing. If you were using BillMonk - "a free service that makes it easy to track expenses between friends, and to settle them up instantly online" you wouldn't be in this fix. According to its creators, BillMonk is particularly popular with roommates, college students, and other folks who can't communicate via vocal cords or sticky notes.
The Short Attention Span Theatre isn't gone, it just moved to the web. Blippr, for example, lets you review movies, books, games, and so on, in 160 characters or less. This setup results in such trenchant appraisals as "some ginger dude eats McDonalds every day until he gets fat and chunders" ('Super Size Me') and "this is a fine specimen of bookage" ('The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy').
"Ate take away every day until I got fat." Don't keep such morsels to yourself. Thanks to FoodFeed, you can share your eating habits with the world! Legarvin in Fort Lauderdale had a cheese stick 41 minutes ago. Maurawani in Vienna just wolfed down some "scholle müllerin, karotten und kartoffelpü". Mein Gott!
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