As 2005 draws to a close, I am overwhelmed by the amount of Web 2.0 startups that this year brought. There were no doubt hundreds or perhaps thousands of new services that came about following on the trend of “Web 2.0”. Developers are beginning to create apps that are truly useful. Characteristics include more user interaction, far more efficient use of technologies such as AJAX, and slick design.
2005 also brought many “me too” companies. It seemed like every other Web 2.0 application was “The Best Social Bookmarking Site” or “The Best Startpage Site” or “Another Boring To-Do List site”. My only hope is that this nonsense ends a quick death by the end of this month. I am optimistic that 2006 is the year of “Web 2.0 Innovation”. It is the next logical step…and I anticipate it with great enthusiasm.
There have been quite a few “top web 2.0 companies of 2005” lists made in the past couple of weeks and I was sick of seeing the same high profile sites over and over again. Here are my picks for Innovative Web 2.0 companies.
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