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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Web 2.0 General Applications Beginning To Roll Out Of India

I had long wondered what the likes of Paul Kedrosky (He in my opinion has the best fresh content published in his blogsite) or Tom Foremski’s reading list looks like. While OPML feeds are in some cases made available – there is nothing like having a view of their regular reads accessible that too all spread in one screen.
Rajesh writes about the launch of MyToday.com (created at Netcore) - as a public RSS aggregator providing the latest news, views and content on a topic-based collection of feeds, called Dailies. It is simultaneously available on the web through an Ajax client and on the mobile phone in WML. Veer Bothra explains that a public aggregator like MyToday.com depends on editorial expertise to choose and pick the best sources in a subject. This way, the reader can get going without any sweat. MyToday’s selection is based on the quality of the source and not on the stories in contrast to the aggregators like topix.net organized by topics. I particularly liked the horizontal and vertical partitions that are made available in the system – months back, I have seen this system for sometime – backtracking from my visitor log – did not then know that it is product under beta(it looked good even then) and more than that did not know it is a Netcore product. Rajesh – over time you may consider to publish some analytical information about the frequency of blog updates as they get published – also the number of blogs that on average user subscribes to and read. Perhaps a view of common subscribers/taggers (like shown by bloglines/del.icio.us) and details like top50 subscribed feeds would make usage more attractive. I have also pointed out in the past about the near total domination by the US based enterprises on web 2.0 applications(I have no complaints about that - The US is the epicenter of the IT World).New Web2.0 applications like MyToday, R.L.Narain's TracBac,a visual project handling, digital white board, version tracking tool for the designers worldwide and others coming out of India make it that much more interesting to watch. I am sure that in the near many more such applications would folow - looking forward to the day when the next riya.com, flickr.com or the next writely comimg out of india based enterprises. Congrats folks - you are setting an example to the several hundred thousand IT wannabe entrepreneurs out in India to take the plunge. Paul - time for you to consider using MyToday - for reasons stated earlier.

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