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What’s Hot in Social Software A to Z

Steve Cohen gave a wonderful list of hot social networking software. Here is his list (I haven’t hyperlinked the URLs, but they will be on his web site soon.) After he had presented his list, he invited the audience to suggest more, and they are also listed here.

What a wonderful session! Enjoy!

Don Hawkins
IL2006 Blog Coordinator and Columnist, Information Today


A: Ajax—tool to make interaction easier. Used by every social software site
B: Beta—everything is in beta. Also Browster. Don’t have to move away from a site to view new window
C: CoComment:—keep track of all your comments on multiple blogs. Also Cohen Family recipies:
D: digg:—put up a story and vote on it and it’s ranked. Can search and see everything new
E: Econsultant:—THE directory of cool tools—organized and perfectly categorized. “A beautiful service”
F: Flickr
G: Gmail— Has chat feature. “Beats their search engine”
H: Hype. Lots of networking tools are all hype and won’t survive because they have no business model.
I: Image Editors: resize photos, (quick and easy—free, beautiful tool), Snipshot—can edit PDFs or from a URL.
J: Jenny Levine—queen of social software
K: ??
L: Library Thing catalog your own books and classify them, share them with others in the system. See who has cataloged the same books as you—a great recommendation tool. Many others (Babes with Books)
M: Moo—create cards from Flickr
Meebo—do web-based IM on multiple systems (virtual reference tool?). Never have to DL any more IM tools.
Media convert—convert any media file to any other format
N: Netvibes—create your own “My” page with feeds, blog searches, web searches, weather
O: OCLC—Web junction
P: Pandora—create your own music stations, vote on songs, and it makes you a station, can block songs for time
Purevideo—metasearch for videos over 30 sies
Q: ??
R: RSS—may not be social software. It’s all just “take”
S: Stevens, Michael
Snapper—grab parts of page and create screenshot from the selection–
Slideshare— “The U2 for ppt presentations”—upload ppt presentations and view them or share them
T: Trackback? (may be dead?)
Typo of the Day – people posting the most commonly misspelled words in library catalogs.
V: ??
W: Wikis
X: ??
Y: YouTube (1.6 BILLION hits!!)
Z: Zoho—Virtual office—Web based Word, excel, ppt.

Audience-suggested sites:
Gmail space. Remote file storage. Listen to MP3s without uploading them
Twingine—comparison between Yahoo and Google search results in parallel
Gliffy—collaborative chart building tool
Flock—firefox version integrating, Flickr, etc. into the browser
Qumana—easy blogging tool
CiteULike— for academic papers—creates a citation library and tells you where they’re available—tag and categorize scholarly papers
Picassa—web photo albums—upload and share your photos
Odeo—create podcasts—or upload and share audio files

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