Monday, October 30, 2006

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Top 5 Probable Digg Buyers

Rumors are hot about News Corp planning to buy Digg. It’s a rumor right now, how much truth is there, is anybodies guess. This can be a real news and might have been leaked to press as a part of strategy as suggested by Internet Analyst, Henry Blodget,

Settle on basic deal terms and a provisional price, leak details so the market has a couple of days to chew on the idea, see how the stock reacts, neutralize the market’s biggest concern (lawsuits) by announcing a distribution pact with the main guy who might sue you, fix the price, rubber-stamp the press release, and go.

Coming days will tell us how much truth is there. If News Corp cannot buy this then these might be probable buyers for digg.

Microsoft - Microsoft will be the obvious choice because Microsoft is lagging in this Web 2.0 phenomenon. There hasn't been any decent/buzzing service offering by Microsoft in this space. If this comes on board, it will provide them a kick-start, which they are hoping for a while. Microsoft has got all the ingredients the to make this happen.

Yahooo - Yahoo's revenue is not increasing and is losing to Google on many fronts. If yahoo can pull this off it will be their third prize catch after flickr and Both of these are brilliant applications. Digg will fit well into their service offering.

Time Warner - Time warner group which own Netscape will be other contender. Netscape has launched their portal on digg style but is not popluar as digg is. Netscape recently asked top digg contributors to join and get paid for their contribution. Netscape would definitely like to acquire this.

Google - If nobody can buy digg than Google will definitely try. It will be more of a strategic move, to not to allow Yahoo, Microsoft or News corp to buy this. Google can pull this off.

I can think of only these 5 contenders, what do you think? is there any other company (media) which might be interested in?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Top Web 2.0 Apps in Australia

Everyday we read/hear about the new web 2.0 applications start up with interesting concepts used. Recent acquisition of Youtube by Google has raised hope for new start ups to realize there dream of making it big time. Aussies are not behind in this trend. There are quite a few interesting applications which have come out of hibernation.

To do list - Remember the Milk

It allows users to manage tasks online as any to do list will do. It is integrated with Google Maps, Skype (IM) and is available on Mobiles as well. This is a very popular application around the globe with more than 100,000 users from 155 countries. It was launched in October 2005.

Digg clone for funniest email - FWDitOn

This is inspired by digg. It allows users to read hilarious emails, do a rating and share it with others. It is an interesting concept and has caught attention from few Venture Capitalists from overseas. This site was covered recently on techcrunch.

Community for parents - Minti

Minti provides an online platform for dads & moms to share and rank their advice about parenthood in a simple way and with lots of fun. It was launched in March this year after raising USD$1.2M.

Connecting students in Australia - Student face

It is a social networking service inspired by Facebook, Orkut, which allows students to share information, swap pictures, videos and more. It helps in uniting students with similar interests from all over the country. Membership in StudentFace is exclusive to students who are enrolled in an Australian university and have a valid university (.au or .edu) email address. The site was lunched this year.

Marketing for bloggers using emails - Zookda

Zookoda is a blog broadcasting service provider. It allows bloggers to spread the word about their blogs by sending blog summaries via email. Zookoda provides blog owners with the tools to manage their mailing lists, design their emails, broadcast blog summaries and track recipient usage. It was launched this year in March and is now up for sale.

The Universal Web Storage Platform - Omnidrive

This is a full-scale web storage platform that can be accessed from a web browser, Windows or Mac desktop and even a mobile device. It allows users and developers to easily access and share content and files on the web. This was started by Nik Cubrilovic and launched in the beginning of this year. It was covered by techcrunch and recently got coverage in nine msn's The Bulletin magazine.

Blog search engine - Gnoos

It is a blog search engine which is inspired by Technorati. It's main focus is towards local bloggers. It was launched in May 2006.

Social networking service - Babbello

It is a social networking service inspired by Myspace. It allows people (popular with teens) to write blogs, chat, download ring tones for mobile, swap photos and more.

Connecting buyers and sellers -

Its a portal inspired by Craiglist. It provides a free forum for all community advertisements and listings .

Property Search - Spyk

This allows you to search all residential properties for sale or rent across Australia. It is a project designed and developed by Tim Kremer.

Other notable ones in dealing with real estates are :

Update: I have found two more notable sites.

News rating- Sukk

Its a Digg clone for rating of news from Australia and New Zealand. Site was lunched on September 5th, 2006.

News rating- PerthNorg

Its a Digg clone for rating of news from Australia. Its more comprehensive and allows news to be published and rated separately in different categories like technology, sports, lifestyle, business and others. Interestingly in addition to voting, it increases the rating if some one post a comment on a news/story/article .

Note: I can't think of covering all the Web 2.0 applications in Australia, if I have missed any application. I would like all of you to share information on other Web 2.0 applications in Australia. Please do leave a comment.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here are my personal. I am not a paid employee of any business/organizations covered in this article. I work for a software development and integration company, in Melbourne, Australia.