August 17, 2006
Seth Godin's Web 2.0 Traffic Watch List
Posted by Gordon Smith

Despite all that's been written on the topic, I'm still not sure I understand what Web 2.0 is, but Seth Godin embraces this simple definition from Wikipedia: "Internet-based services that let people collaborate and share information online in a new way." According to Seth, "Google doesn't make the cut, because most of their traffic comes to their search engine. eBay is an 'old' company, but the many-to-many nature of the site means that they do." Hmm.

Anyway, if you can suspend your skepticism of the underlying concept, you will find Seth's ranking of Web 2.0 companies here. I am not very interested in distinguishing Web 2.0 sites from other sites, but I find the relative popularity of the listed sites interesting. Perhaps the most surprising to me is that LinkedIn is listed among the top 20. I created a profile on LinkedIn a long time ago after getting an invitation from someone, but I never use the service.

I recognized most of the companies in the top 50, but hardly any in the bottom 50. As I visited some of the fast-rising sites, I wondered what the new Web 2.0 ideas would be. The current options: creating web pages, sharing photos, listening to music, collecting virtual friends, chatting with anyone, buying and selling junk, tagging everything ... and various combinations of the foregoing. That pretty much encapsulates life on the itnernet, no?

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