Web 2.0 is a category of new Internet tools and technologies created around the idea that the people who consume media and use the Web shouldn't passively absorb what's available. Rather, they should be active contributors, engaging and interacting with each other, helping customize media and technology for their own purposes, as well as those of their communities. So we would need powerful Web services and applications to aggregate and remix micro-content in new and useful ways.
Web applications can be defined as "software delivered as a service over or on the Web" in short SaaS. These applications provide value by allowing users to create, collaborate, collect, and get work done; all within a familiar Web browser window.
But when could a Web service or application be considered part of Web 2.0 generalization?
Web 2.0 has definitely morphed into something more than a set of ‘fascinating’ and new technologies and services. If you realized that the design concept of these application websites are also based on the presuppose Web 2.0 design concept.
Based on the original Tim O’Reilly discussions of Web 2.0 and the seven principles that he describes as
- The Web as platform
- Harnessing collective intelligence
- Data is the next 'Intel inside'
- End of the software release cycle
- Lightweight programming models
- Software above the level of single device
- And Rich user experiences
An application or service must at least fulfill some of the criteria before it should be labeled as a Web 2.0. You can read more about his seven principles here. In short, these concepts are about building something more than a global information space, something with much more of a social angle to it. Collaboration, contribution and community reconstructs the road which maybe creating the sense that we are migrating into a new milestone.
In recent times, however, there has been a spate of new ideas, interesting applications that we thought they might be ridiculous initially and unique start-up companies working on ways to extend existing services. Some of them might be more useful or important than others, and some are certainly be more relevant to education than others.
There is such deluge of new services that it is often difficult and tedious to keep track of what’s ‘emerging out there’ or just simply make sense of what each individual service provides.
Here are a list of interesting 45 Web 2.0 online services and applications that at least fulfill some of the criteria set by Tim O'Reilly.
Accounting, Finances & Invoice
Free Agent is an online accounting Nirvana for freelancers and small businesses.
FreshBooks mission is to deliver fast and simple invoicing and time tracking services that help you manage your business.
LessAccounting is a comprehensive online accounting tool for small business.
Pulse is the easy way to manage your cash flow online, allowing you to quickly manage and evaluate your income and expenses.
Ballpark changes the way of sending invoices and estimates.
Mint is a free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.
Outright is a free, online bookkeeping software for small businesses.
ronin is a professional looking application that does simple online invoicing and time tracking for creative teams and solo freelancers.
MailChimp offers free email marketing service which allows you to design, send, and track HTML email campaigns with its simple tools.
CampaignMonitor allows you to send beautiful email campaigns, track the results an manage your subscribers.
OtherInbox helps to keep you organized automatically and moves the email clogging your Inbox out of the way until you're ready to look at it.
CRM, Collaboration & Productivity
5pm is a web-based project and task management application for your team.
Basecamp is a leading web-based project management and collaboration tool.
Socialcast is a simple, secure, free collaboration tool that helps employees communicate in real time.
Goplan lets you keep track of your projects and collaborate with your colleagues securely through an intuitive user interface.
Onehub is a web application that provides everything you need to easily and securely share files and collaborate online.
Planning Center Online is an easy, low cost way to increase your teams productivity.
Tracking time is easy and free to use time management software and a business intelligence tool to manage projects, tasks and employees.
Seavus DropMind is online mind mapping tool with unique four sphere map layout which allows you to create original mind maps and deliver superior and stylish presentations.
Officevp is a total web solution, a CRM based application that helps you target your online market with measurable results.
SUBERNOVA makes you more productive by taking the stress out of remembering important details of your projects, lets you track your time and keeps your business smooth by keeping tabs on your invoices, deadlines and more.
colaab offers any business or organization secure, real time collaboration through a rich, simple user interface that streamlines work and cuts down wasted hours spent in meetings
Nirvana is task management software that's 100% web-based. Based upon the well known GTD method of keeping organized, it is fast, easy, available from anywhere.
Social Media Tools
Dialogix is a social media monitoring tool offering accurate sentiment analysis and near real-time data feeds of your brand in EVERY social network.
Gigya’s technology is the standard for connecting content with the social web, providing publishers and marketers with powerful tools for increasing audience reach and engagement.
nomee is the ultimate sharing and following tool which allows you to organize, monitor, follow and share over 100 social sites.
Shout'Em is a platform on which you can easily start co-branded microbloging social networking service.
Youmeo is a simple utility to bring together all you social websites and friends into one place.
File Sharing And Monitoring
Fileshare HQ provides professional users with the ability to share and send large files to their clients and staff.
Reinvigorate measures your influence on the web in real-time. Gain up-to-the-minute insight into your audience, then adapt to meet their needs and watch your site grow.
W3roi track the clicks, leads and sales from all your online advertising in one place.
freelancerkit is a feature packed PHP Project Management Script. Also known as "PHP Groupware" which includes -- Project Collaboration, Project Management, File Sharing, Note Taking, and User Management.
SugarSync enables you to share and access files from PC, Mac & mobile phones - your data anywhere and anytime.
FileGears is a file collaboration and file sharing web application allowing you to upload, store and work with your files from anywhere and share them with your team members or friends.
Other Interesting Web Applications
CoTweet is a platform that helps companies reach and engage customers using Twitter.
Site Remark gives you greater access to customer feedback.
BigContacts is a web based CRM software, online business contact management software, sales force automation software & customer contact management tool.
BuySellAds.com is an advertising marketplace for small to medium sized website owners/publishers.
CrowdSound allows companies, groups and non-profits to easily gather customer feedback.
Task.fm is a simple reminder and task management tool which can create reminders that can be delivered via sms, email or voice call.
Lifetick is an online Goal Setting application with a stylish, easy to use interface.
iamnews connects news publishers to reporters and enables them to co-create news in real time.
Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships.
Product Planner ables you in identifying and optimizing user flows is an essential part of creating a successful web product.
Well, if you have used any of the above mentioned applications or services, please provide some reviews about them. This will goes a long way of helping everyone in deciding which web application or service to choose from. We'll really appreciate that.
This inventory is not exhaustive and there are definitely more other great web services or applications that did not make into the list however feel free to recommend them if you think they are worth a look.