Top 100 Web 2.0 applications

Webware.com posted the 100 best Web 2.0 applications, with Webware readers and Internet users across the globe casting nearly two million votes to select the winners. Winners are being feted tomorrow at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

As with any wide open Internet voting, Web 2.0 awards were subject to e-ballot stuffing, and certain apps — like Maxthon in the browser category. While it employed a widget on its website to help boost voting numbers, and it doesn`t show up on most marketshare reports for browser use in North America, Maxthon has been downloaded 140 million times. And as Webware points out, it’s the second-most popular browser in China and holds 30 percent of the market there as of late April 2008.

Notables: no Rhapsody in the Audio category.  Friendster still makes the top ten in the Social category, but no Bebo. In the video category, News Corp.`s Hulu didn`t the make the cut and, arguably because of U.S.-centric voting, neither did the BBC`s iPlayer. iPlayer has dramatically exceeded expectations, attracted a much younger demographic than the stodgy BBC is known for, and demonstrated that traditional networks can use the Net as an alternative distribution vehicle that can actually retain and expand its audience.

 

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