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.
posted Jul 07, 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 (518 in 2009 so far)
only 18% of Twitter apps are released in beta
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:
- twitter (19161 overall)
posted Jun 09, 2009
posted Mar 05, 2009
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:
posted Dec 22, 2008
It doesn’t seem like the beta-phenomenon is cooling down soon, so stay tuned.
posted Oct 27, 2008
Most of them (22) are still alive – del.icio.us 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
Status: alive and well – also puchased by Yahoo.
Status: alive and well
Status: alive – also acquired by Google, was integrated in Google Analytics as part of the redesign.
Status: still around.
Status: alive – didn’t quite match the expectations, but let’s not forget that Twitter is a spin-off.
Status: alive – small but dedicated group of users.
posted Oct 25, 2008
Celebrating its 10th birthday, Google has brought back their index from January 2001. E.g. beta
posted Sep 30, 2008
posted Sep 22, 2008
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).
posted Jun 19, 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*:
goojet * (private beta)
hoera * (under construction)
introniche * (under construction)
twingly * (private beta)
ubervu * (demo)
(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%))
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 del.icio.us.
- twittervision (2914)
- twitterrific (972)
- twitterfeed (948)
- terraminds-twitter-search (662)
- twitbin (616)
- snitter (474)
- hellotxt (467)
- twitthis (441)
- tweetmeme (358)
- twitterposter (352)
- twitterholic (343)
- twittermap (334)
- twittercal (333)
- twitteroo (329)
- tweet-r (311)
- twittergram (297)
- twitter-karma (290)
- tweeterboard (289)
- tweetvolume (284)
- twhirl (283)
- twitternotes (279)
- twitterfox (252)
- twitter100 (247)
- twitku-2 (247)
- twitdir (242)
read the full list here
(btw.: you can follow a Twitter stream of the MoMB here)
posted Feb 14, 2008
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.
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!
posted Dec 21, 2007