Consolidation Is Coming

August 11, 2009 at 9:26 am

The trends are everywhere. Facebook just bought FriendFeed. Google Voice is currently in beta, and Google is launching Wave later this year. What do all these tools help to do? They consolidate multiple streams of information into one thread. With FriendFeed, you can now see all of your friends’ status updates from Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr on one web page. Google Voice combines all your phone numbers into one, and puts your texts and voicemail in one place. Google Wave renders all online conversation as one organic stream of consciousness. Blogs, IMs, and email all appear in real time in the same conversation. In fact, I’m sure Google would love to have their suite of online tools be the one-stop-shop for all web users everywhere.

Until recently, the very successful Web2.0 apps seemed to do just the opposite. They restricted their features to one task and did it exceptionally well. Basecamp tackled project management. Tick focused on timekeeping and budgets. Mint handles personal finance, although you could make the case that it packages all your financial data into one location. Google Maps is strictly a map. Their exposed APIs allowed them all to be extended and have their functionality broadened, but at their core, these are simple single-task tools. Web applications that attempted to do it all collapsed because of their bloated and unfocused nature.

Now that the web-as-application has matured from its infancy, users are looking to spend less time on multiple sites and get more done in one place. I expect this is just the beginning of the consolidation years, and developers looking for the next area of growth should start thinking about how to streamline multiple online tasks/data/communication into simpler, organized, easy-to-use, and consolidated applications.

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outside.in

November 15, 2006 at 8:15 am

Find out what’s going on in your neighborhood with outside.in, a new Google Maps mashup. Here’s the local news from Hoboken.

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Google Spreadsheets Sneak Peak

June 9, 2006 at 8:03 am

In their never-ending quest to take over the world, Google has just released a sneak peak of their Microsoft Excel killer, Google Spreadsheets. A lucky few will be allowed to preview the beta version.

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Yahoo! Releases UI and Design Pattern Libraries

February 14, 2006 at 9:23 am

The Yahoo! Developer Network has just released the Yahoo! User Interface Library, complete with a set of JavaScript utilities and controls for rich web applications, and the Yahoo! Design Pattern Library, which illustrates optimal solutions to common web development problems. These are invaluable resources for web developers, and Yahoo!, who in my opinion has impeccable Web 2.0 design standards, is proving to be a driving force in the web development community.

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Yahoo! Buys del.icio.us

December 12, 2005 at 12:07 pm

del.icio.us has joined the Yahoo! family. I wonder which bookmarking tool will survive the merge, Yahoo! 360 or del.icio.us? Read about it at del.icio.us.

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Google Base

November 16, 2005 at 1:06 pm

In yet another beta launch, Google has created Google Base, a place where users can post any type of information and Google will host it and make searchable. This is an interesting take on publishing – somewhat of a cross between About.com, Wikipedia, and del.icio.us.

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Yahoo! Shoposphere Launches

12:15 pm

Yahoo! Shopping has launched the Yahoo! Shoposhere just in time for the holidays. Create your own “Pick Lists” and share your favorite stuff with the Yahoo! Shopping community.

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I’m a Squidoo Beta Tester

November 9, 2005 at 5:34 pm

I just received my acceptance into the Squidoo Beta group. Time to check out the new neighborhood.

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MySpace The Phenomenon

November 3, 2005 at 4:45 pm

Wired magazine has a great article titled “The Hit Factory” about the rise of MySpace. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the huge community website, it receives more hits than Google, and has become the internet version of MTV, launching thousands of indie bands without a major label. It’s an interesting look into the future of the music industry – as listeners avoid television, radio, and store albums – instead looking to the internet and word of mouth to find new music.

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BlinkList

October 17, 2005 at 5:25 pm

BlinkList is a new social bookmarking/tagging tool. It’s still relatively unpopulated, but there does seem to be a dominant design community. Although this is definitely not a design-oriented site, we may be seeing more topic-specific bookmarking websites, as more startups follow the del.icio.us model. This almost defeats the purpose of a tagging/bookmarking portal, but it does allow for really detailed tagging within a discipline.

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