Top 5 Web Applications of 2004

Been meaning to do this for a while, after Andy Budd did it.

  • Gmail. Like Andy, I think it’s cool. It’s just nice, and easy to set up accounts, and now that Google have opened up POP access and so on it’s much easier to get at your data. Plus: full-on web application with client-side scripting, although I don’t think that anyone would hold it up as an example of how we should be doing this sort of thing.
  • Gravatars. I can’t use them here, because I don’t want your email addresses. I’ve mailed the guy asking for the ability to pass an SHA of the email address, so I can mine addresses from your FOAF files, but no response. It’s just a cool idea, though. Lots of little bits, all fitting together.
  • Bloglines. Fantastic. Switched to it, never looked back. I’ve mailed them a suggestion or two over time and they’ve responded cleanly and well. The weight seems to be hanging a bit heavy on them sometimes, though: too many subscribers?
  • Flickr. I like the idea. I’m not using them myself, nor do I intend to, but they’re doing online photo management the )right way_ (modulo their use of Flash in a few places where I think that they could get away with DOM scripting). Good work, fellas!
  • del.icio.us. I bounce back and forth in my head between using them for my short-n-curly links and not doing so. I think I will, though; it’s just so clean. API, REST stuff, it’s just so obvous in retrospect, which is said about all the great inventions.

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