Google started off big, converting Usenet into Google groups. And then came Orkut. There was a time when Google said, it had no idea of taking over Orkut. on 15th of September 2005, however, Google turned on its words. There were a lot of debates on this action by Google, but it chose to remain silent as ever and sure enough, the debates died down. Then came Google Personalized Home and Google Reader beta, an RSS feed aggregator was recently released. It won’t be long before Google combines the power of its many
MSN cobbled together a few pieces and gave its users MSN spaces, but even MSN itself knew that was not going to work. So they closed their doors and came up with start.com – an AJAX based interface that defies the trend followed by MSN. All that MSN has doled out previously as products, suddenly seem cheap by comparison. Suddenly, MSN has this sexy look and feel attached to its products.
One thing I note is, every one of these giants has its own developer space. MSN has MSN Sandbox, Google has the much publicized Google Labs and Yahoo! has the secretively hidden Yahoo! Backyard (Just a guess, but like all secrets, everybody knows.).
And now for the interesting part. While the Goliaths have been resting on their laurels with these puny apps, the Davids have been silently chipping away shares in the market. Here are a FEW names:
37signals.com is an interesting collaborative tool.
Ups-Simple and ease of use.
Prototype.com – Ajax implementation of your Workspace on the Web (Yes, Really.)
Positives. Drag and drop. Click and Save. Feel of a Desktop, work on the Web.
Blinklist – a Web2.0 implementation which allows people to share bookmarks with ‘blinks’.
Positives. – The collaborative approach
Technorati Tags – a Web2.0 implementation of collaborative blogs sharing with ‘tags’.
Positives – The collaborative approach
These are but a few examples of the many that I can’t even begin to count. Where were these players for so long? They were around, but suddenly they are being ‘discovered’. Why?
(To be continued)