Posts 2008: Web 2.0 software I use every day

2008: Web 2.0 software I use every day

Following-up on Michael Arrington's post "2008: Web 2.0 Companies I Couldn’t Live Without", here are the Web 2.0 tools and services I use whenever I am behind the computer (I'll pass on the super-obvious ones like Google Search and Wikipedia which I doubt will be displaced any time soon):
  • Delicious: over 1900 entries and counting
  • SlimTimer: impossible to live without it at work
  • Basecamp: we use it at Orbeon to communicate with our customers (I even have a personal account for some To-Do lists)
  • Google Calendar: all my scheduled activities (including a few shared calendars)
  • Google Reader: about 200 feeds as of now (I switched a few months ago after being too frustrated with the reader in Thunderbird)
  • GMail: I currently use it mostly through OS X's Mail app thanks to the recent GMail IMAP support
  • Jott: an amazing newcomer (I just keep Jotting myself when in the US)
  • Firefox: 'nuf said, using 3.0 beta 2 on Mac OS X at the moment
  • Skype: VoiP and chat (I use SkypeOut and SkypeIn as well)
  • iTunes: music player and podcast platform (but for sure I won't buy any DRM-protected music from the iTunes Music Store)
Here are some other services I use frequently:
Some tools I like but which I don't use often:
  • Dopplr: I enter my trips there, but it hasn't been really useful to sync up with anybody yet
  • MindMeister: just a very cool piece of software
  • Amazon mp3 Store: I bought a few tracks to try it out, and I liked the smooth experience (just say no to DRM)
Incidentally, I have over 150 connections on LinkedIn and I am getting started on Facebook. So far I fail to find them either really useful or exciting. I bet I am missing something, but one reason could be that neither provides me with a comprehensive RSS or Atom feed of the last updates: I certainly won't bother visiting these sites every day until that happens.

I wonder how this landscape will change in one year. Hopefully there will be lots of improvements and good surprises!

Enough about (badly) guessing the user's language

How can Orbitz and the likes be so dishonest?

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