2008 was the year of Twitter and Facebook, but which sites will dominate 2009? We've put together a list of the 10 sites we think you won't be able to live without this year.
There aren't many sites with five million users that we haven't heard of, but Power.com is just that, and it's a name you might be hearing a lot more of this year. The "social inter-networking" site, as the company calls it, operates on the premise that many of us now belong to several social networking sites and that it's a hassle to log into and post to each one separately.
Power.com lets you log in once, then view (and post to) any of a long list of social networking sites that you synch up the service with - all from one place. You can see the posts, status changes, and so on, of your friends on multiple social networks, and simultaneously send new messages or updates to all of those sites (similar to Ping.fm). You can also automatically log into, and instant message using MSN from within Power.com.
Actually, Power.com worked a little too well for Facebook's comfort. In late 2008 Facebook started complaining about Power's ability to store Facebook users' passwords and access Facebook users' content. After all, Facebook has its own scheme for connecting to multiple networks at once, called Facebook Connect.
Facebook eventually filed suit when talks with Power.com failed to yield an agreement. Power.com says the two companies are now working out their differences. It's likely that Power will still support Facebook, but will have to use Facebook Connect to connect. Without a workable agreement with Facebook, Power.com's utility would be seriously limited.
Twitter proved itself during 2008 and will keep growing in 2009. Millions of people around the world are adding content (or 'tweets') to the Twitter stream every day. Some of this content is worth reading - serious discussions, not just idle chatter.
Tweetag is a sort of search engine for 'tweets'. It allows you to look for trends in what is being publicly discussed on Twitter, and, more importantly, find discussions of things that matter to you.
On Tweetag's front page you can see a tag cloud showing the most discussed topics on Twitter at that moment. You can search for Twitter messages containing a particular keyword. Once you've done that, Tweetag suggests other keywords to help you narrow down your results. Using tabs, Tweetag organises the tweets in your search results based on whether they are 're-tweets' (another Twitterer seconding an idea), or replies to tweets, or if they contain questions or links.
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