As we reach what some people are calling the “end of web 2.0” and (appropriately) the start of the next web – it seems like the perfect time to look back at some of the web apps from a few years ago and ask ‘where are they now…?’.
As a reference point, we’ll look at Dion Hinchcliffe’s Best of 2005 post.
Category: Social Bookmarking
Best Offering: del.icio.us
Status: Alive and well. Obviously acquired by Yahoo, not the dominant social bookmarking tool it once was but going strong all the same.
Status: Alive. Site seems to be going strong with a decent flurry of bookmarks – but much more competition today.
Category: Start Pages
Best Offering: Netvibes
Status: Alive. Going strong although immense competition from both igoogle and yahoo. In April 2008 the company announced they planned to open source their widget platform, application programming interfaces, and iPhone version.
Category: Online To Do Lists
Best Offering: Voo2do
Status: Alive. One of many todo list app but nevertheless still alive and well.
Status: Alive. Still used by many as a basic todo list with iphone and online access – although much more now an integrated feature of other 37 signals products.
Status: Alive. Still a very popular todo list app with a premium version now available. Devoted users and ever expanding features – RTM shows how it’s done.
Category: Social News
Best Offering: digg
Status: Alive: Thriving and stories of expansion into global markets and niches seem to be true. This being so, Digg does seem to have a permanent home on the ‘for sale at the right price’ listings page.
Status: Alive – but sincerely doubt it’s used all that much any more. More of a ‘see if this works’ tool.
Status: Alive but for all intensive purposes Dead. The site is up and stories are up to date (automated) however their most popular user is Lenick who has zero activity on their profile.
Category: Image Storing and Sharing
Best Offering: Flickr
Status: Alive. Sold to Yahoo and next to Facebook, the largest photo sharing site on the web.
Status: Dead. Site looks up and running, even quite new I would say but tried signing up and no luck whatsoever.
Status: Very much dead.
Category: Online File Storage
Status: Alive. Although it has never taken any funding the service still managed to stay alive and kicking.
Status: Dead, officially. A recent post by Clay Cook, one of OmniDrives main investors sheds light on some of the story: Nik Cubrilovic Omnidrive lesson .
Status: Alive: with stiff competition this service is still managing to hold it’s own.
Category: Web-Based Word Processing
Best Offering: Writely
Status: Alive – Google Docs now.
Status: Alive – Less prominent then it was back in 2005, more of a feature integrated to other 37 signals products.
Category: Online Calendars
Best Offering: CalendarHub
Status: Alive…just. Although there is very little mention of the service – it does seem to still be up and running. However their weblog seems to very much down so I doubt much work is actually been done on the app.
Status: Dead – The Massachusetts company was backed by Paul Graham’s YCombinator, but in the end just petered out and was put up for sale on ebay.
Category: Web-Based Project Management
Best Offering: BaseCamp
Status: Alive: Have taken funding from Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame and expanded into other other small business related products.