Where Moore meets Metcalfe - Part 2

This is a continuation of the post I did a few days ago showing the impact of Web 2.0. Here is the rest of my personal Web 2.0 Top 10 list, and how Moore's law could impact them:

6. Konfabulator - this one is now known as Yahoo! Widgets, after Yahoo! bought Konfabulator. This is totally cool - if you windows folks have ever drooled around your Mac-loving friends, particularly the Widgets feature in OS X, you need to get Konfabulator. You get a bunch of very cool pre-built widgets (I normally run the clock, weather, picture frame, stock report and RSS feed widgets, maybe a couple of others). But what's totally cool is that with a little work in XML, you can create your own widgets lickity-split! There is a large and growing gallery of community-created widgets, some of them cool, some of them kind of dumb. What I would like are widgets which represent more of the status of my system, like the apparent network bandwidth, load on the various resources, need to upgrade my processors, etc.

7. Mapmyrun - My favorite Google Maps hack. This is so cool for a runner or biker. Let's say you are in a new city on a visit, or maybe you just want a change of pace from your normal routes. You bring up this site, search for the starting point, then just start clicking on the map. The application connects the dots with a route, and shows the accumulated mileage. After creating a new route, you can save it to the site, and share it with others. Of course, when Google created Google Maps, they never dreamed of making a service for runners to log and save their own running routes. Now the combinatorial effect of open innovation is cranking up! Since people can share runs and comment on them, it adds the power of a community site as well. Another more sophisticated example of this is"

8. USATF Routes - USA Track and Field have their own version of the mapmyrun function, which seems a bit more stable and supported. With the availability of Moore computing power, imagine the possibilities! Today when I map out a run, I have a mileage goal in mind, and laboriously map out the points. So for example, if I want to run 10 miles, I can map out my proposed run, but if it winds up being longer than 10 miles, I need to retrace my steps and reduce the mileage. A better solution would be to give the software my goal mileage, and then have it work with me to adaptively develop a route, or start with an existing route and adapt it for me visually as we work along. Or what about integration with other data sources to give me a visual simulation of the run itself, complete with predicted weather and temperature patterns and assumed traffic load on the streets, woven in based on the time and day I plan to run.

9. Zillow - this has got to be my favorite mashup of all! Based again on Google maps, these guys take a home address and figures out the value of the house, based on comparables in the neighborhood, I assume just like a human realtor would do. I have to confess, my use of the site is entirely voyeuristic. When I go through a neighborhood and wonder how much the houses cost, I have Zillow to satisfy my curiosity. For my use, it doesn't even have to be that accurate! But why not have a service that can integrate with other data sources which might lead you on a tour of available properties, based on your income, assets, running routes, del.icio.us links, Digg articles, blog entries" OK well maybe not!

10. Second Life " most recently, I have been hearing stories about Second Life for months, and finally got a chance to create an avatar and start living my second life! I'm so blown away by the similarity to science fiction I used to read and enjoy, especially the virtual world in Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson. Here again, the value of Second Life increases as more people enter the world and add value through creation and sales of new objects in the world. One story I heard from "Steve A.", who introduced me to Second Life was that of a member who was severely paralyzed in the real world, but in the virtual world, he was able to communicate and interact with others, go on hikes, have discussions. His Second Life was a lot more full and complete than his actual life.

Happy collaborating!


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Mapmyrun is definitely worth checking out!