The Most Innovative Companies in Web 2.0

  1. Google: With Google Docs and the new Chrome browser, the search titan continues to take aim at Microsoft.
  2. Facebook: The social network that everyone loves to hate (but secretly loves anyway) overtook MySpace with 150 million active users.
  3. Digg: More than 35 million visitors per month submit 20,000 stories a day to the site. A recent $29 million financing round will keep the crowd thumbing through the downturn.
  4. Twitter: The microblogging phenom is adding up to 10,000 users a day, with the likes of The New York Times, JetBlue, and Lance Armstrong Tweeting.
  5. Meebo: More than 40 million users instant-message and chat across the Web through any format including the iPhone. A new partnership with Universal Music will connect chatters with artists, while a $25 million financing round in 2008 will fuel '09 expansion in Asia.
  6. FriendFeed: Relatively new to the life-streaming melee, FriendFeed aggregates every comment, posted picture, and status update from 59 Web services.
  7. Ning: More than 700,000 custom social networks have popped up on Ning, the platform that lets people make their own facebooks. The site now attracts 2,500 to 3,000 new networks a day.
  8. MySpace: Make fun of the chaos, but MySpace is the only social network that has made serious progress with targeted marketing. MyAds generates a reported $140,000 to $180,000 in daily revenue, making it a $50 billion business in theory.
  9. Yelp: With 4 million user-submitted reviews of everything from corner cafés to dog groomers, Yelp can make or break local businesses nationwide.
  10. Kayak: Already operating in 11 markets including India and China, the travel search engine is aggressively expanding in Europe. The profitable site boosted revenue by 240% last year.

 

 

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  • karl hudson

    I actually think I am working towards quite a good web2.0 site. Obviously not as innovative as Facebook or Twiiter but then again they are multi billion pound organisations.

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  • Coachdiary Coachdiary

    I really agree with Yelp and Twitter. It is mainly because they are truly different and unique in concept. I think Yelp also has the advantage of first mover. Coach Hire

  • Richard Lipscombe

    Google is not innovative in regards to Web 2.0 - Microsoft is not a player in Web 2.0 neither is Google. Facebook is certainly innovative in Web 2.0 sphere - the introduction of Facebook Questions at Davos 09 (Facebook Question introduced Web 2.0 inclusion into an elitist club). Twitter is where innovation in Web 2.0 is at full speed - Twitter is a real time search engine that is changing the way Web 2.0 social networks are formed and indeed function. Ning is making progress but it is still to reach critical mass then we will see if it is innovative. MySpace continues to innovate its revenue models to better fit the Web 2.0 culture tribes it collects and facilitates.

  • Cade Zvavanjanja

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