Web 2.0 and the Future of Pervasive Computing

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

5 Tips for Creating a Popular Web 2.0 Service

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with some friends at a Pittsburgh-based start-up, Talkshoe. They are doing some pretty slick stuff that has the potential to change the way we communicate online. More on them later, as they are currently in stealth-mode (shhh).

After meeting with them, they asked me for some feedback pertaining to the release of a web-based service. Some of the points that I addressed were based on observations of Web 2.0 services (, technorati, youtube, meebo) that have seen some traction. As these are points generally applicable to most web-based service providers, I figured like any good Web-head, I would share with my friends online.

Many of these are "no-brainers," but for some insane reason, some people have not taken the hint! Enjoy, fan-boys. Back to work for this web-slinger.

1. User Interface - Keep it simple. Keep it slick. Patience is short on the web.
2. Developers - Service can be mixed, remixed, and mixed some more. See the possibilities.
3. Tight Feedback Loop - Stay in tune with users and actively leverage feedback in order to...
4. Release fast, Release Well, Release Often - Users will unlock your true value.
5. Create HTML Do-Dads - Enable power users to cut-and-paste services to drive traffic.

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  • At 9:16 PM, Anonymous south beach condos said…

    I completely agree with you on this article. Especially number 1, having a good user interface is essential, one because it's the first thing that users will be able to see on our websites, secondly its usability will be judged the moment they use it. People most often judge a website by its appearance.

    So we have to impress them with ours.


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