Best Web 2.0 applications

Dion Hinchcliffe lists in his blog what he considers as the top Web 2.0 software of the year. And as with any blog post, check out the comments for links to more services. Here are some of Hinchcliffes picks according to categories:

Del.icio.us for social bookmarking. Blinklist, Shadows and Clipmarks are runners up.

Netvibes for start pages. Protopage and Start and runners-up. Isnt Start now Live.com? Im no fan of online start pages. I use a combination of online RSS reader (Google Reader) and ZiddlyWiki to manage my online information.

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Del.icio.us now part of Yahoo

Social bookmarking site del.icio.us is now part of Yahoo. Here’s the post on the del.icio.us blog and here’s the announcement on Yahoo! Search blog. With del.icio.us now part of its services, what will happen to Yahoo! Search My Web 2.0?

With del.icio.us, Yahoo adds an excellent service to its already formidable lineup, which already includes social photo hosting site Flickr.

SuprGlu your online accounts or start a feed aggregator in minutes

Do you use Flickr? Do you tag sites with Del.icio.us? Do you have a blog? You can gather all your data in these services into one SuprGlu account.

SuprGlu “gathers your content from popular webservices and publishes them in one convenient place and presents your content with simple, great looking templates which you can customize.”

I agree with the “great looking templates” part. Although it offers only three choices, all the templates are really good, especially “Scotch Tape.” Check my SuprGlu site by clicking here.

SuprGlu pulls publicly available data on several web services through feeds like RSS and Atom. With this, you can start your own feed aggregator in minutes by adding the RSS and Atom feeds of sites you want to include. I might start one for Bisaya Bloggers.

Make your blog posts ‘taggable’

Many people now use online bookmarks to file sites they want to review later. Among the most popular services are del.icio.us, Furl, Spurl and Yahoo My Web 2.0.

Many of these services require you to install a tool bar or a shortcut tab in your browser in order to save bookmarks and tag these with keywords for organization. By putting shortcut buttons for tagging your posts in these services, you will encourage blog readers to file your article for reading and re-reading later.

To put these buttons in your WordPress blog, just copy the codes below and paste these into your theme’s template. I used to have these buttons display after the post titles in the index page but it looked too crowded and I decided in having it in the individual posts page. I placed the codes after the <?php the_title(); ?> part in the post template and before <?php the_content(); ?>. If you want to display these buttons after the article, then paste the code snippets after <?php the_content(); ?>

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Tell me what your feeds are…

And Ill tell you who you are. Do you share your RSS aggregator account? Do you impose self-censorship when bookmarking on del.icio.us?

I dont share my RSS feeds and I limit my del.icio.us bookmarks to non-prurient interests. However, I found out while reviewing my del.icio.us bookmarks that I wasnt as careful when I started my account with the social bookmarking service. (Dont bother searching, I already deleted the bookmarks.)

For a more candid appraisal of a person, try searching for his or her del.icio.us account or RSS aggregator public feed and you can get an idea of his or her interest, work and (gasp) fetish. Dont just google for personal information look for his or her public RSS aggregator and bookmarking accounts. Who knows? – That guy youre dating may have bookmarks in his del.icio.us or Furl accounts that point to sites of weird sexual fetishes.

Protopage vs. serverside TiddlyWiki – which works best for you?

I stumbled upon a link to www.protopage.com in del.icio.us. The description and the fact that a lot of people had bookmarked it intrigued me. Protopage is an online, personal start page powered by Ajax (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML).

With protopage, you can have an online list of the sites that you frequent as well as a to-do listing of tasks similar to sticky notes. Many people write their own HTML page containing links to frequently visited sites to serve as their browsers’ start page. Protopage would be an excellent replacement for this.

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