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You recently mentioned you live in an area where there is a higher awareness of what's on the web, and that people there assume most every one knows what they know and have no idea the rest of the world is unaware.

From this perspective, what, if any, web tools, resources, sites, etc. might seem old hat for you, but we might not yet know about?
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

I probably shouldn't have generalized my comments to *everyone* in this area (Silicon Valley), but more to the group of people with whom I tend to socialize. There are plenty of people in Silicon Valley who deal in more mainstream industries and technologies; my job deals a lot with identifying Internet technology and business trends, or what's more commonly referred to as Web 2.0.

When you're in the middle of it, you often don't realize that your world isn't the "real world." I have friends who have founded and worked for companies like YouTube, Linden Labs, Prosper.com, Mint.com, etc (all companies mentioned on this forum), so when I find out that others don't use these sites/technologies everyday, I find myself surprised.

Not that I should be...because I'm the one that's not normal... :)

That said, I have no idea which of the dozens of sites/technologies I use will become popular. But, here is a list of some of the companies/technologies that might have a shot (or that have a cult following in this area).

Keep in mind that I have no idea which of these are well-known outside the Bay Area (again, I'm in the middle of it)...but I'll list the ones that I don't believe are overly mainstream yet...

23andme.com - If you haven't heard of it, you will in the next 6 months
Twitter.com - Probably 75% of my friends twitter these days (I really don't understand the phenomenon)
Flock.com - Potentially the next *huge* breakout Web 2.0 company
Reddit.com - Best place for aggregated/rated news content (100x better than Digg and where I spend an hour a day :))
Yelp.com - User-generated ratings and reviews, mostly restaurants (has critical mass in Bay Area, so it's awesome...my favorite web tool)
Fark.com - Another news content aggregator that's very popular (around since 1997)
Blinkx.com - Video search and search technology
Ribbit.com - "Voice 2.0" telephony platform
Mahalo.com - Only currently viable competition to Google search (in my opinion)
WidgetBox.com - About a dozen ex-eBay folks there
Joost.com - Online TV network, broadcaster, and video aggregator
AmieStreet.com - Great site to find and buy music
Trulia.com - Soon-to-be best real estate site (in my opinion)
GaiaOnline.com - Similar to Second Life for younger kids
Netvibes.com - Feed aggregator
YouPorn.com - As mainstream as free porn gets (I've never gone there, of course)
PornoTube.com - Similar to above (I assume)
Lulu.com - Online publishing company (been around for a few years, surprised they haven't gone mainstream yet)
Picasa - Popular Google photo-sharing technology (web and client based)
Meebo.com - Web-based IM (been around for a couple years now)
Kiva.org - Micro-finance for the impoverished
SimplyHired.com - Job listing aggregator (I found my last job through this site)
Drupal.org - Open-source content management system (next-generation Wordpress)
Jingle - Free 411 provider (Dial 1-800-FREE-411 for free 411 service)
37signals.com - Simple, popular, valuable web applications
Admob.com - Mobile advertising leader
Billeo.com - Pay bills online
Wesabe.com - Competitor to Mint.com
Jaxtr.com - Phone related (bunch of friends use it, but I have no idea what it is)
BitTorrent.com - Streaming video technology (been around for years, but not yet mainstream)
Gigaom.com - Best technology blogger (in my opinion)
PBWiki.com - Online collaboration tool for businesses
Xoom.com - Money transfer service
Ning.com - Create your own social network
MeeVee.com - Trying to merge TV with the web
Lala.com - Discover new music that you might like
RockYou.com - Develops the most popular Facebook apps
TripIt.com - Cool site to organize travel plans

That's just off the top of my head...if you get bored of those and want more, let me know.... :)

Are we going to archive this post to see if any of these companies goes mainstream in 2008?
 
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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

Wow, thanks, lots too look at. I've heard of some but not most of them. I'm always on the look out for something to use as a tool, an opportunity or an idea for one, and of course sometimes just fun!

Rep ++ (shoulda done it then)
 
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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

I probably shouldn't have generalized my comments to *everyone* in this area (Silicon Valley), but more to the group of people with whom I tend to socialize. There are plenty of people in Silicon Valley who deal in more mainstream industries and technologies; my job deals a lot with identifying Internet technology and business trends, or what's more commonly referred to as Web 2.0.
Hey neighbor! :seeya:

I'm in Silicon Valley and I only know/use about 5 of those sites!! I must be living in a cave...
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

23andme was founded by Sergey Brin's wife.
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

23andme was founded by Sergey Brin's wife.
Ya would have thought she would have a bit of Page Rank, apparently Google doesn't play favorites, or else she got caught purchasing inbound links...Probably Sergey found a secret charge from Text Link Ads on her credit card.

:)
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

Hey JScott, nice post!
Im really looking forward to use streamy.com but its taking them too long to launch...
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

thanks for all the sites I just set up an ning account to share pics with family and friends.
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

I got turned onto Flock from the 30 day challenge - and love it.

There were a few other's in your list that I'm going to go check out...

Thanks!
 

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Re: JScott, share with us what you know that you don't know you k

Hey, I know 15 of those sites quite well, though I'm quite afar from Bay area :cool:

BTW has anybody already experience with the result of 23andme? I'm quite curious now that the price considerably dropped...
 

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