45 Interesting Web 2.0 Online Services And Applications That Can Make Your Life Easier

45 Interesting Web 2.0 Online Services And Applications That Can Make Your Life Easier

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 2.0 Applications

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

  1. The Web as platform
  2. Harnessing collective intelligence
  3. Data is the next ‘Intel inside’
  4. End of the software release cycle
  5. Lightweight programming models
  6. Software above the level of single device
  7. 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.

Freeagent Central

FreshBooks mission is to deliver fast and simple invoicing and time tracking services that help you manage your business.

Freshbooks

LessAccounting is a comprehensive online accounting tool for small business.

Lessaccounting

Pulse is the easy way to manage your cash flow online, allowing you to quickly manage and evaluate your income and expenses.

Pulseapp

Ballpark changes the way of sending invoices and estimates.

Getballpark

Mint is a free personal finance software to assist you to manage your money, financial planning, and budget planning tools.

Mint

Outright is a free, online bookkeeping software for small businesses.

Outright

ronin is a professional looking application that does simple online invoicing and time tracking for creative teams and solo freelancers.

Roninapp

Email Marketing

MailChimp offers free email marketing service which allows you to design, send, and track HTML email campaigns with its simple tools.

Mailchimp

CampaignMonitor allows you to send beautiful email campaigns, track the results an manage your subscribers.

Campaignmonitor

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.

Other Inbox

CRM, Collaboration & Productivity

5pm is a web-based project and task management application for your team.

5pmweb

Basecamp is a leading web-based project management and collaboration tool.

Basecamp

Socialcast is a simple, secure, free collaboration tool that helps employees communicate in real time.

Socialcast

Goplan lets you keep track of your projects and collaborate with your colleagues securely through an intuitive user interface.

Goplan

Onehub is a web application that provides everything you need to easily and securely share files and collaborate online.

Onehub

Planning Center Online is an easy, low cost way to increase your teams productivity.

Planning center online

Tracking time is easy and free to use time management software and a business intelligence tool to manage projects, tasks and employees.

Tracking time

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.

Dropmind

Officevp is a total web solution, a CRM based application that helps you target your online market with measurable results.

Officevp

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.

Subernova

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

Colaab

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.

Nirvanahq

Planzone is an online project management software that enables project teams to work smarter by sharing to-dos, documents, wiki pages and project schedules.

Planzone

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.

Dialogix

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.

Gigya

nomee is the ultimate sharing and following tool which allows you to organize, monitor, follow and share over 100 social sites.

Nomee

Shout’Em is a platform on which you can easily start co-branded microbloging social networking service.

Shoutem

Youmeo is a simple utility to bring together all you social websites and friends into one place.

Youmeo

File Sharing And Monitoring

Fileshare HQ provides professional users with the ability to share and send large files to their clients and staff.

Fileshare

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.

Reinvigorate

W3roi track the clicks, leads and sales from all your online advertising in one place.

W3roi

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.

Freelancerkit

SugarSync enables you to share and access files from PC, Mac & mobile phones – your data anywhere and anytime.

Sugarsync

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.

FileGears

Other Interesting Web Applications

CoTweet is a platform that helps companies reach and engage customers using Twitter.

Cotweet

Site Remark gives you greater access to customer feedback.

Siteremark

BigContacts is a web based CRM software, online business contact management software, sales force automation software & customer contact management tool.

Bigcontacts

BuySellAds.com is an advertising marketplace for small to medium sized website owners/publishers.

Buysellads

CrowdSound allows companies, groups and non-profits to easily gather customer feedback.

Crowdsound

Task.fm is a simple reminder and task management tool which can create reminders that can be delivered via sms, email or voice call.

Task

Lifetick is an online Goal Setting application with a stylish, easy to use interface.

Lifetick

iamnews connects news publishers to reporters and enables them to co-create news in real time.

Iamnews

Gist is an online service that helps you build stronger relationships.

Gist

Product Planner ables you in identifying and optimizing user flows is an essential part of creating a successful web product.

Product Planner

Reviews?

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.

Comments

    • Becky,
    • September 15, 2009
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    This is list ROCKS! Thank you, I can’t wait to try some of these sites out.

    • John,
    • September 15, 2009
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    I just came across w3roi after seeing it on a design inspiration list, see it’s here as well, I never would’ve found it if it wasn’t for these “45 interesting X” lists. So thanks!

  1. / Reply

    This is a great list, but overwhelming. Think how long it’ll take to visit and try out all the programs in order to choose the one that works best for you — oh, you don’t have to think about it, you’ve already done it, so you know.
    How long did it take?
    I’m using Microsoft Office Live Workspaces for some of these things, and it works well. I also use Toggl and GotoMyPC. With various clients, I use Google workspaces and Basecamp, GotoMeeting and Adobe share, as they prefer. I wonder whether the time involved in cobbling together a system from all these things negates the time saved by using them.

  2. / Reply

    Great article, but no love for Box.net? They are incredible when it comes to file storage/sharing.

    • Ryan,
    • September 16, 2009
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    This is a great post, so much to look into. The only problem is, where do I start?

      • Terrance,
      • September 17, 2009
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      I guess you pretty much have to ask yourself which one do you need first and prioritize it.

    • Steve,
    • September 16, 2009
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    Thank you for this amazing and helpful list. I found that 5PM – http://www.5pmweb.com project management tools are very simple and great. I like it.

    • Yoed,
    • September 17, 2009
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    I’ve found http://www.shoeboxed.com very helpful and it integrates with some of the web sites mentioned.

    Also, shameless self-promotion; Oarkey provides small business owners with government immigration compliance an an easy to use online system, not as glamorous as some of your other solution providers perhaps, but unfortunately almost essential in today’s world.

    • Coolfinn,
    • September 17, 2009
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    Great list. Love it. I am a serial user of cool web apps. I have just started using Nirvana and it is really streets ahead of anything else out there. I have also tried Task.fm but it is an also ran.

    I have now just started trying lifetick and this is beyond excellent. A life planning and goal tool – it looks great, I may even start subscribing.

    • Pat,
    • September 17, 2009
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    Pretty solid list there, I’ve only used a few of them, so I’ll definitely look at a few more. And since everyone is sharing… I use http://www.FMYI.com for work and it’s been a godsend as far as keeping track of all my work. I would consider them web 2.0; check them out if you get time.

    • Andy,
    • September 18, 2009
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    Nice list! I’m a big fan of mint.com. Here’s another tool that I find useful: hootsuite.com. It’s a Twitter management tool. Really nice.

  3. / Reply

    Phenomenal list! Thanks for all your work.

  4. / Reply

    This is the best collection I have ever seen! Thanks for taking the time to compile it. Some of these apps will be very handy!

  5. / Reply

    Thanks for the resource….
    Keep up the good work :)

    • Bhavesh,
    • March 10, 2010
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    This is perhaps the most comprehensive web apps list I have ever come across. Awesome work and effort!

    There is one more online invoicing web app that I would suggest – Invoicera.com (http://www.invoicera.com)

    This is an amazing web 2.0 tool to organize your billing & invoicing online. I have been using it for about an year and even feel it is way ahead of freshbooks.

    Cheers!

    • Edwin,
    • April 7, 2010
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    Great!

  6. / Reply

    Nice list, 2.0 is huge and, I think, will continue to grow.

  7. / Reply

    This is an awesome list of web apps for increased productivity for developers and designers alike. You can find kind of different web 2.0 apps list here which is more useful to general users. Hope that helps.

    Regards,
    Divyang

    • Idan,
    • February 1, 2011
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    Behavioral targeting and site content personalization are also very useful apps that can turbo charge your website for online success. You might check out Personyze.com, Webtrends.com and Omniture.com for the leading platforms out there.

  8. / Reply

    Its really wonderful and watchable. I like to share it with all my friends and hope they will like it

  9. / Reply

    Great list… One to add could be Cloudware City, that very much makes web 2.0 developer’s lives easier when it comes to adding subscriptions billing and management to their products.

  10. / Reply

    awesome list ….lots of thanks,……:)

  11. / Reply

    Awesome list. Our team leader uses workforcetrack as a collaboration tool. It chose it bacause of integration with google apps. Sometimes our clients appoint tasks in spreadsheets but simultaneously we needed smth private and own.

  12. / Reply

    Thank you for sharing this listing. It is a bit outdated, but most of the records are still valid.

    • Rich,
    • March 23, 2012
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    Not just a useful list of resources but some really nice designs in there to copy.. er .. I mean, be inspired by! :p

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