Wow, 2006 was a violent cascade of rapid release. Michael Arrington has listed his bunch of Web 2.0 happiness this year. And, of course, Dion Hinchcliffe has his always info-packed list of favorites. I'm doing mine as well, but my post (due to the fact that today is really really busy) will be less detailed than either and I'll list 5.
1. Pandora -- Pandora is loveable. It often gives you highly annoying results from your selection, but its organic feel more than makes up for that. I've managed to get quite a few people hooked on Pandora. Plus, with the new social features, it just feels good to use.
My bet is that I’ve racked up more hours listening to music on Pandora than any other user - it’s almost always playing while I write.
Me too. I wish I could have a widget that hooked into my blog that did a "currently listening" and have both the station and the song Pandora has selected.
2. Skype - I have written extensively about Skype. Not only has it save my company a lot of money, but it is a great organizational tool.
4. Techmeme / Netvibes - These tools give me a quick glimpse of the conversation. To a lesser extent, Digg. Digg makes you work for an overview. I appreciate the concept, but not really the execution.
5. Stumbleupon / MyBlogLog - When I first found Stumbleupon, I thought it was ridiculous. But the more I used it, the more I became intrigued by it. Both Stumbleupon and MyBlogLog have unique spins on social bookmarking and blogging that have expanded my community and my viewing habits.
6. Plazes - I love plazes! I got screwed out of going to mashup camp this year, but was really hoping to go simply because there are several things I want to do with Plazes. Look around the blog, you'll find plenty of evidence of my fandom. (At the end of every post in fact).
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