Web 2.0, The Social Web, Crowd Intelligence, there are dozens of terms and catch-phrases to describe this latest technology craze that has faint hints of the Dot Com era in the late 1990s. In the past few years, many sites have embraced the concept of sites whose content is provided and controlled by the crowd, who focus more on providing a social context than any real substance. It started with sites like MySpace which let you build a social network of friends and strangers online, and has since grown to sites such as Digg, whose size and weight can't be ignored by anyone in the online tech world. Of course, since it's the hot thing these days, there's an annual awards event for it, naming the top Web 2.0 sites across numerous categories. The awards, managed by SEOmoz.org, a site dedicated to information about Web 2.0 and how to get the most out of your search engine results and optimize your contextual ad content. Outside these awards, the site is a fantastic resource for anyone trying to improve their site's visibility and income.
The awards themselves are a who's-who of the current crop of hot web properties, listing sites like Digg, Flickr, Facebook and PageFlakes. Categories cover everything from books to blogs, music to travel. There are actually a few interesting services I hadn't heard of prior to reading the list. You might find something cool and/or fun on the list so go check it out.
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