CIO: 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009

My last post, ReadWrite Web: Top 10 Semantic Web Products of 2008, provided 10 websites that were on the leading edge of web services.

Another article from CIO.com titled 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009 also caught my eye.   I am always interested in articles like this as they almost always have a few new websites that I have never heard of before, but are pushing the envelope of Web 2.0 and web services.  This article did just that.

Take a look at this list of ten web sites.  They all have the potential to generate lots of buzz in 2009.  A few of them might become among your most favorite sites.

  1. TV.com:  TV.com (http://www.tv.com/). owned by CBS, has been relaunched with full-length programs (movies and prime-time TV shows).  In addition you can find promo clips, cast profiles, interviews, and discussions.  The big question in 2009 is will tv.com mount a big enough challenge to Hulu?  Right now Hulu (owned in part by NBC) has momentum and video quality on their side.  

  2. Qik:  Qik (http://www.qik.com/) provides a platform where you can easily stream and share live video from your mobile or cell phone cameral.  You can even set it up to send the video straight to YouTube, your blog, or to your page on Facebook.
  3. Boxee:  Boxee (http://www.boxee.tv/) is designed to collect video from all over the web (Hulu, YouTube, CNN.com, and many others) and put it in a very neat and easy-to-use interface that you can access via a PC or on your TV.  Currently available only on Apple / Linux machines, the company says it is working on a Windows version.
  4. Blackberry Application Storefront:  Research in Motion (RIM), learning a lesson from the Iphone playbook, is opening up a store for independently developed BlackBerry apps, called the BlackBerry Application Storefront.  This page is not open, but you can check for it at  BlackBerry signup page on the Storefront
  5. Loopt:   Finding friends and  then things to do with those friends has never been easier.  Loopt (http://www.loopt.com/) shows you a map, and your position on it, and also the positions of your mobile friends who are in the vicinity.  Then Loopt detects businesses in the area and makes suggestions based on your interests or specific queries ("beer, pizza, bowling"). 
  6. Blip.fm:  Blip.fm (http://www.blip.fm/)  really is like Twitter for music.  A social networking place for people who enjoy music.  What you see at the site is a scrolling list of people's song choices with their short comments about them.  These are called Blips. You can listen to the "blipped" songs as they come up, or skip up and down the list to songs you like. And that is just the start of all the fun you can have on this site.
  7. Power.com:  Power.com (http://www.power.com/) operates on the premise that many of us now belong to several social networking sites and that it is a hassle to log in and post to each site separately.  Power.com lets you log in once, then view (and post to) any of a long list of social networking sites that you sync the service up with–all from one place.  One thing to watch in 2009 is their stormy relationship with Facebook.
  8. Tweetag:  Designed to feed off the Twitter buzz, Tweetag (http://www.tweetag.com/) is a sort of search engine for "tweets." It allows you to look for trends in what is being publicly discussed on Twitter, and, more importantly, find discussions of things that matter to you.
  9. Hi5:  Hi5 (http://www.hi5.com/) is the third largest social network in the world, with 40 percent of the members coming from Spanish-speaking countries.  It has been growing rapidly and has some great features not found on other sites.
  10. Tripit:  Tripit (http://www.tripit.com/) wants to be your travel assistant.   Tripit aggregates all of your travel reservation details and based on those details, automatically pulls in key information for you like maps, local attractions, dinner reservations, and weather reports, and wraps it up in an easy-to-use master itinerary.

I've seen Tripit hyped before, so that sounds like a winner.  If you have not checked out Hulu (mentioned above in the tv.com entry, you should check that one out. 

I think in 2009 and 2010 we will see a ton of new sites like these that launch new and exciting services.  Can't wait to see them…

You can read the full article at titled 10 Websites That Will Matter in 2009.