What’s Hot in Social Software A to Z

Steve Cohen gave a wonderful list of hot social networking software. Here is his list (I haven’t hyperlinked the URLs, but they will be on his web site soon.) After he had presented his list, he invited the audience to suggest more, and they are also listed here.

What a wonderful session! Enjoy!

Don Hawkins
IL2006 Blog Coordinator and Columnist, Information Today


A: Ajax—tool to make interaction easier. Used by every social software site
B: Beta—everything is in beta. Also Browster. www.browster.com Don’t have to move away from a site to view new window
C: CoComment: www.cocomment.com—keep track of all your comments on multiple blogs. Also Cohen Family recipies: cohenfamilyrecipies.blogspot.com
D: digg: www.digg.com—put up a story and vote on it and it’s ranked. Can search and see everything new
E: Econsultant: www.econsultant.com/web2—THE directory of cool tools—organized and perfectly categorized. “A beautiful service”
F: Flickr
G: Gmail—http://www.gmail.com. Has chat feature. “Beats their search engine”
H: Hype. Lots of networking tools are all hype and won’t survive because they have no business model.
I: Image Editors: resizr.lord-lance.com resize photos, pixn8.com (quick and easy—free, beautiful tool), Snipshot—can edit PDFs or from a URL.
J: Jenny Levine—queen of social software
K: ??
L: Library Thing www.librarything.com catalog your own books and classify them, share them with others in the system. See who has cataloged the same books as you—a great recommendation tool. Many others (Babes with Books)
M: Moo www.moo.com—create cards from Flickr
Meebo www.meebo.com—do web-based IM on multiple systems (virtual reference tool?). Never have to DL any more IM tools.
Media convert media-convert.com—convert any media file to any other format
Mojeek www.mojeek.com/mps—
N: Netvibes www.netvibes.com—create your own “My” page with feeds, blog searches, web searches, weather
O: OCLC—Web junction
P: Pandora www.pandora.com—create your own music stations, vote on songs, and it makes you a station, can block songs for time
Purevideo www.purevideo.com—metasearch for videos over 30 sies
Q: ??
R: RSS—may not be social software. It’s all just “take”
S: Stevens, Michael
Snapper—grab parts of page and create screenshot from the selection–
Slideshare—www.slideshare.net “The U2 for ppt presentations”—upload ppt presentations and view them or share them
T: Trackback? (may be dead?)
Typo of the Day typooftheday.blogspot.com – people posting the most commonly misspelled words in library catalogs.
U: Utube.com
V: ??
W: Wikis
X: ??
Y: YouTube (1.6 BILLION hits!!)
Z: Zoho www.zoho.com—Virtual office—Web based Word, excel, ppt.

Audience-suggested sites:
Gmail space. Remote file storage. Listen to MP3s without uploading them
Twingine—comparison between Yahoo and Google search results in parallel
Gliffy—collaborative chart building tool
Flock—firefox version integrating del.icio.us, Flickr, etc. into the browser
Qumana—easy blogging tool
CiteULike—del.icio.us for academic papers—creates a citation library and tells you where they’re available—tag and categorize scholarly papers
Picassa—web photo albums—upload and share your photos
Odeo—create podcasts—or upload and share audio files

4 Responses to “What’s Hot in Social Software A to Z”

  1. Cindi December 16, 2006 at 1:41 am #

    L – libraryelf.com – library users can receive due date and hold notices via email, RSS or to their phones.

    Slideshare: is this the “You Tube” and not the U2 of PowerPoint slides? Though being the U2 for sharing slides would also be cool…

  2. joelogs November 1, 2006 at 6:57 pm #

    How about vox.com?

  3. Anonymous November 1, 2006 at 6:57 pm #

    U – urbandictionary.com It’s a dictionary of (raunchy) slang. Add new words, or your own definitions to existing words.

  4. Jonathan Crow October 27, 2006 at 5:02 pm #

    Not to be too self-serving, but you may want to check out ThinkFree. We offer a free service to create and edit Microsoft Office format documents, 1GB of storage and tools for collaboration and publishing.