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Although Web 2.0 apps are pretty much global by definition, developers still have to live somewhere — and some sites (like Lifehacker AU, ahem) do work better with a local flavour. Futurist Ross Dawson has compiled a list of the Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications. Top of the charts is mobile community Mig33, followed by enterprise wiki Confluence and art sharing site Red Bubble. Any obvious examples missing? Choices you’d have made differently? Check out the full list then let us know in the comments.Top 100 Australian Web 2.0 Applications list
Webapp MyFolia organizes and tracks your garden’s progress using all the current “Web 2.0″ tools out there—tags, a wiki, Google maps, and social networking. Sign up for an account at MyFolia to: Track your gardening progress – list your current plants with planting dates, track your seed stashes and note down your wish list plants. Share your garden with others and check out what other gardeners are growing near you. See who else is growing the same things you are – see their photos, read their journal entries and even leave them a comment or two! Join a gardening group (or start your own!) about any gardening topic under the sun.
Even if you’re not a gardener yourself, you can check out other people’s flowers and vegetables by just surfing the tags at MyFolia. Do you keep a gardening journal? How do you do it? Tell us about your Getting Gardening Done system in the comments. MyFolia [via Unclutterer]
Where do people find the time to do things like edit the Wikipedia? They watch less television, says author Clay Shirky in a fantastic, brief talk at the recent Web 2.0 conference. Shirky makes a compelling case that people are just learning how to deal with the “cognitive surplus” of free time modern life affords us. We’re waking up from the “collective bender” of mindlessly watching sitcoms and instead, we’re choosing instead to spend our free time volunteering, interacting, and Web 2.0’ing online. Hit the play button to watch Shirky make his case for the full effect, or hit the link below to read the text transcript of his talk. Next time your TV-watching friends make fun of you for opting to blog instead, point ‘em to this talk. Gin, Television, and Social Surplus [Here Comes Everybody]
Technologist Alexander van Elsas says that the problems a lot of new services and web applications solve are specific to a certain kind of super-techie user. He writes: How many people do you know outside your tech community that want to have 25 desktop applications live, running Firefox alongside with 10 tabs open, twittering 100 times a day, reading and commenting articles on FriendFeed, writing a blog post about it, starting riots to get traffic going, AND still have a normal day job and a life after that? I don’t know anyone that fancies that kind of life.
It’s a strong argument that services like Twitter or FriendFeed solve problems only a select few have—too many social networks, no time to blog, email overload, etc. Are front-line, super-connected techies harbingers of what’s to come for mainstream folks, or are we nerds just making solutions to solve problems created by our own solutions? Photo by jonrawlinson.
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