bye bye beta

I guess this day had to come: Gmail is now out of beta. Gmail was the very first site I have listed back in 2005 and it’s the most popular beta Google has ever released, sad to see the beta tag go.

But Google recognizes the cultural dimension of the beta tag, so they also announced a ‘Back to Beta’ feature which you can enable in Gmail Labs.

meta posted Jul 07, 2009

beta stats

beta on Wordnik

meta posted Jun 24, 2009

I just stumbled upon the 1,111th Twitter application (the lovely Twittami from Italy) – time for a few fun stats:

twitter apps since 2007
Twitter apps since 2007 (518 in 2009 so far)

twitter beta 18%
only 18% of Twitter apps are released in beta

twitter 2009 32%
massive 32% of all apps launched in 2009 are based on Twitter

The data are not exhaustive of course, but I do track a lot of sites. Since I’m missing both Twitter and other sites the overall picture should be about the same.

I’ve also updated the Twitter 100 list:

  1. tweetdeck (5783 overall)
  2. twitterfeed (5742 overall)
  3. twitter-search (5373 overall)
  4. wefollow (5207 overall)
  5. twittervision (5078 overall)
  6. twhirl (4598 overall)
  7. twitpic (4220 overall)
  8. twistori (3559 overall)
  9. tweetscan (3078 overall)
  10. hashtags (3062 overall)

meta posted Jun 09, 2009

Umair Haque’s presentation on Capitalism 2.0

meta posted May 18, 2009

Beta of the Day

A big shout to John Blossom (@jblossom) who startet a MoMB Beta of the Day series on Twitter.

meta posted Mar 05, 2009

launches 2005 - 2008
launches 2005 – 2008

I’ve added a fresh set of lists – the yearbook – to the labs section. Basically they organize the mixin top 100 list by year:

meta posted Dec 22, 2008

The MoMB just crossed the 6000 betas mark (the 6000th app listed is the super sharp youcalc.)

It doesn’t seem like the beta-phenomenon is cooling down soon, so stay tuned.

meta posted Oct 27, 2008

the next web took a look at Dion Hinchcliffe’s Best Web 2.0 Software of 2005 list and asked asked the brilliant question where are they now…?.

Most of them (22) are still alive – is alive and well, blinklist is alive but dying – and six of them are dead.

I’m always interested in benchmarking the performance of beta sites so I too took a look at the Betas of the Year list I’ve compiled at the end of 2005.

And guess what, all of them are still around and well, most of them actually best in class in their field.

Nr. 1: Writely


Status: alive and well – purchased by Google in 2006, became the basic building block of Google Docs.

Nr. 2: flickr


Status: alive and well – was acquired by Yahoo.

Nr. 3: Netvibes


Status: alive and well

Runners-Up: (alphabetical)

Amazon Mechanical Turk Amazon Mechanical Turk

Status: alive

Dabble DB Dabble DB

Status: alive

Status: alive and well – also puchased by Yahoo.

Etsy Etsy

Status: alive and well

Google Base Google Base

Status: alive

Google Book Search Google Book Search

Status: alive

Measure Map Measure Map

Status: alive – also acquired by Google, was integrated in Google Analytics as part of the redesign.

Num Sum Num Sum

Status: still around.

Odeo Odeo

Status: alive – didn’t quite match the expectations, but let’s not forget that Twitter is a spin-off.

Remember the Milk Remember the Milk

Status: alive – small but dedicated group of users.

meta posted Oct 25, 2008

the beta according to Google in 2001

Celebrating its 10th birthday, Google has brought back their index from January 2001. E.g. beta

meta posted Sep 30, 2008

Beta is a state of mind

slightly off topic, but an interesting interpenetration between the systems beta, twitter and art: 854467791 @ Twit2art #47

(via After Twit2art, here comes Auction Art)

meta posted Sep 22, 2008

The MoMB just crossed the 5555 betas mark (the 5555th app listed is the super sharp Ameritocracy.)

A few fun charts:

As most of you know we focus on plain vanilla public betas (77.7%). But we also collect sites in alpha (4.9%), sites which have not publicly launched yet (private alphas, private betas, sites in stealth mode, …) and require some sort of invitation to get in (15.7%), or sites which come in some other beta-ish (gamma, zeta, feta, …) flavor (1.7%).

Google has launched only 2.6% of all betas,

but they still lead the pack compared to Yahoo, Microsoft and others.

We’ve listed sites from 25 languages, about one out of 12 betas is in German.

Interestingly enough only 185 sites (3.33%) have been formally released (i.e. dropped the beta tag) and only 62 sites (1.12%) have gone out of business and entered the deadpool. I try my best to update the status of sites and I definitely missed a few, but even if you triple the numbers more than 90% of all sites remain in perpetual beta and only a handful of sites just die.

The most popular initial letters of betas are S (552), M (459) and T (396); rather neglected letters include X (26), Q (55) and U (71).

Btw: you can follow me on twitter here or on FriendFeed here and new additions to the MoMB are retweeted here

(see also 2001: A Beta Odyssey and 1000 Betas)

meta posted Jun 19, 2008

thenextweb 2008

Good news (from a betalogical point of view): more than 60% (14 of 23) of the startups presenting at the TheNextWeb Conference which will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on April 3rd & 4th are released in beta*:

andunite *
bemba *
confnetwork *
empressr * *
fleck *
goojet * (private beta)
hoera * (under construction)
introniche * (under construction)
radionomy *
symbloo *
twingly * (private beta)
ubervu * (demo)
wauw! *

(see the beta quotient for Webware 100 (19%), TheNextWeb 2007 (32%), German Twitter Clones (38%), Hungary (45%), Seth Godin’s Web 2.0 List (37%), DEMOfall 06 (27%), MoMB (37%), TechCrunch (38%), web 2.0 (1 – 25%), germany (60%), rails (5%), connected innovators (83%), apps inspired by flickr (43%) and apps inspired by digg (21%))

meta posted Mar 26, 2008

Twitter probably has inspired more cool mashups and remixes than any other site in recent history.

Twitter 50 is a list – in early alpha at best – of the 50 most popular ones ranked by measuring the popularity at


  1. twittervision (2914)
  2. twitterrific (972)
  3. twitterfeed (948)
  4. terraminds-twitter-search (662)
  5. twitbin (616)
  6. snitter (474)
  7. hellotxt (467)
  8. twitthis (441)
  9. tweetmeme (358)
  10. twitterposter (352)
  11. twitterholic (343)
  12. twittermap (334)
  13. twittercal (333)
  14. twitteroo (329)
  15. tweet-r (311)
  16. twittergram (297)
  17. twitter-karma (290)
  18. tweeterboard (289)
  19. tweetvolume (284)
  20. twhirl (283)
  21. twitternotes (279)
  22. twitterfox (252)
  23. twitter100 (247)
  24. twitku-2 (247)
  25. twitdir (242)

read the full list here

(btw.: you can follow a Twitter stream of the MoMB here)

meta posted Feb 14, 2008

Slightly off topic: Plugg opened up registrations for its Start-ups Rally

Plugg wants to provide a platform for emerging European tech start-ups looking for early-stage funding and trade press, tech blogger and early-adopter attention. A selection of 20 start-ups with strong roots in Europe will be carefully picked by a jury of renowned industry professionals out of the submitted companies. They will have the opportunity to present themselves on stage in front of the entire audience and have a chance of winning the Plugg Start-Up of the Year Award 2008.

meta posted Jan 14, 2008

We’re on vacation for 2 weeks, for the MoMB that’s a wrap for this year. Thanks for visiting and have a great holiday season!

meta posted Dec 21, 2007

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