Web 2.0

  • Gamestrata site tries to community-ize gamers even further

    [photopress:gssss.jpg,full,center] German chemical corp BASF had (has?) a slogan, “We don’t make many of the products you use; we make them better.” Something to that effect. The recently launched Gamestrata has a similar slogan. “We don’t make the games you are playing; we just want to make the games you are playing better!” It’s a pretty bold claim… Read More

  • Do you use Web 2.0 apps – like a lot?

    Drop me a line @ john at crunchgear dot com if you really, really like web 2.0 apps as in “I erased Office so I could use Google Docs.” Read More

  • CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Picknik, the online photo editor

    CG Holiday 2007 Recommendation: Picknik, the online photo editor

    Hate opening Photoshop, that resource hog, just to resize an image? Me, too! That’s why I use Picnik, an online photo editor that uses the magic of Web 2.0 to—get this—edit photos. It can grab photos from your Flickr, Facebook, Picassa, Photobucket and Webshots account, or edit photos you have on your computer. There’s a premium version, too, that, for $25 a year, gets… Read More

  • iDrudgeReport: Drudge goes mobile, is now readable on iPhone and BlackBerry

    iDrudgeReport: Drudge goes mobile, is now readable on iPhone and BlackBerry

    Readers will have noticed that I’m a big fan of the Drudge Report. Well now—NOW!—I’ll be able to read the Web site on-the-go. Mr. Drudge just launched idrudgereport.com, which is a mobile version of the Report. It’s just headlines: no pictures, no sirens, no zaniness. It must be Mobile Optimization Wednesday. I bet the code for iDrudge must have taken months… Read More

  • Awesome Party Guy Vid!

    Awesome Party Guy Vid!

    Now this is what I call a Halloween costume. Leave your unoriginal iPhone costumes at home people, ’cause Awesome Party Guy is on a roll this year as a YouTube video. He even has a comments section, where people can write dirty jokes and draw dicks after slamming back a couple Jello shots. Dress up as a YouTube clip and let people comment on you directly [MAKE] Read More

  • Why Facebook is worth $15 billion

    Why Facebook is worth $15 billion

    With Microsoft recently purchasing a 1.6-percent stake in Facebook for a whopping $240 million, many are questioning if Facebook is truly worth $15 billion. While many pundits are calling $15 billion crazy, the BBC takes a look at why Facebook could actually be worth the big bucks. For instance, did you know that over 200,000 new users join Facebook each day? Talk about astronomical growth! Read More

  • 'Prism' runs web apps from the desktop with ease

    'Prism' runs web apps from the desktop with ease

    Mozilla Labs has created a really easy way to run any web site in its own separate window. Some people may find this useful and some may ask "what’s the point?". Well, for instance, I’m currently running Prism on a multiple monitor setup that allows me to keep Google Reader, Gmail, and our super-secret CrunchGear web-based chatting app open in three separate windows, all… Read More

  • Facebook to ink deal with either Microsoft or Google in next 48 hours says NY Post

    Facebook to ink deal with either Microsoft or Google in next 48 hours says NY Post

    Facebook will accept an offer from either Microsoft or Google within the next 24 to 48 hours, according to the New York Post. Both companies are looking to sink between $750 million and $1.5 billion dollars into the site. The Post didn’t give odds or anything, but said that if Google wins it’ll look to undo the ad deal that Facebook struck with Microsoft earlier in the year. Read More

  • Some guy's five ways to make Facebook 'useful' (because it stinks now?)

    Some guy's five ways to make Facebook 'useful' (because it stinks now?)

    I love people who criticize Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, as if he and the rest of the Facebook crew need any outside input from anyone. I’m pretty sure they know what they’re doing over there. Take this guy’s suggestions. Alexander Wolfe, in his “Wolfe’s Den” column (I was actually going to start a column called “Deleon’s Den;” too… Read More

  • Will we see a browser-based Joost in the near future?

    Will we see a browser-based Joost in the near future?

    Let me rephrase that title in the form of a statement instead of a question. We better see a browser-based Joost in the near future. With the impending release of the H.264 codec into Flash Player 9 and its ability to do high quality, full screen video inside a web browser, downloading and installing an external program like Joost is going to become an inconvenient extra step. Read More

  • Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade

    Adobe to drop desktop apps, move entirely online-based within the decade

    And you thought this whole Web 2.0 thing was a fad. Adobe’s CEO said yesterday that, in five to 10 years, all of its applications, including Photoshop, will be available to use online. Not only that, but that by the time that happens, Adobe said it will have completely shifted its resources from developing desktop applications like we see now to online-only apps. No more multi-gig… Read More

  • Intel opens software bookmarking site to the public

    Intel opens software bookmarking site to the public

    Once an internal bookmarking site shared amongst Intel employees, Cool Software is now open to the public. It’d be easy to take potshots at the lame name, the photo of five people in summer clothes leaping into the air atop a frozen lake, and that it’s basically the same stuff you could find in the software section of Digg.com but the fact that it’s little more than an… Read More

  • The Futurist: Will Human Laziness Burst The Web 2.0 Bubble?

    The Futurist: Will Human Laziness Burst The Web 2.0 Bubble?


    At first, the Web was simple. It was a world so full of static pages with useless information that a GIF of a dancing hamster or (god forbid) baby could turn into an overnight sensation. It was an era so enthralled with its own existence that its purveyors, creators, and financiers never really asked if it was sustainable until it was too late. And, as we can all learn from South Park, without… Read More

  • Microsoft To Possibly Invest In Facebook

    Microsoft To Possibly Invest In Facebook


    Go to 2:07 in the video Mark Zuckerberg is chugging a can of beer right now and screaming “Shit yeah dudes!” somewhere on this earth. Why? Microsoft is looking to possibly invest in his popular social networking site. You may have heard of it actually, it’s called Facebook. Microsoft is looking to buy a reported 5-percent stake of the company in exchange for some cash. Read More

  • Facebook Polling Says HD DVD More Popular Than Blu-ray: Bunk?

    Facebook Polling Says HD DVD More Popular Than Blu-ray: Bunk?

    The great—I suppose—war rages on between Blu-ray and HD DVD. So today I was browsing Facebook when I noticed one of those polls that show up in your news feed—HD-DVD or Blu-ray? You knew the poll would be screwy when went out of its way to misspell HD DVD. There’s no hyphen there, pollmeisters. Out of the 1,000 recorded responses, HD-DVD won, 64 percent to… Read More

  • Google Defines Web 3.0, Calls Web 2.0 'Marketing Term'

    Is Web 2.0 already on the way out? At a digital something or other conference in Seoul, Google’s CEO was asked what the company thought Web 3.0 will look like. After admitting that Web 2.0 is just a silly marketing term designed to make AJAX and related technologies seem chic, he let loose Google’s vision of a Web 3.0 world. Bottom line: Web 3.0 means pieced together… Read More

  • 8coupons.com For The Win

    8coupons.com For The Win

    Web 2.0 is in full-throttle and it’s becoming increasingly harder to start a great website. Luckily for 8coupons.com, they offer a service that any working class person will love. Coupons and discounts from local business are offered up for you. You can send them to your cellphone and sign up for alerts when new coupons are being offered. However, the site is currently invite only and… Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: John C. Dvorak Negative About Something

    NEWSFLASH: John C. Dvorak Negative About Something

    Crotchety old crapapple John C. Dvorak is predicting that the whole Web 2.0 isn’t going to last. Of course it’s not going to last, guy. Nothing lasts forever…even cold November rain. I tend to disagree that there’s going to be a “burst” of the Web 2.0 bubble. That word connotates something negative happening. I’d like to think of it as the period of… Read More

  • Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Now Facebook Fights Back At Online Predators

    Facebook is my white whale: I write about it seemingly every day even though I purport to want nothing to do with it. Be that as it may, it’s good to see the Web site handle its business with regard to keeping child predators away from unsuspecting minors. Just like MySpace before it, the social networking site has become something of an attraction for guys from “To Catch a… Read More