And now the moment you've all been waiting for... The Webware 100 winners. Go to www.webware.com/100 to see the top 100 Web 2.0 products, 10 each in 10 categories, selected by the Web's users.
The project was a big success for Webware, and for Web users overall. Users cast 489,467 votes on our 250 finalists. Here's more data about the winning Web 2.0 services:
The 90/10 rule Overall, 91 percent of all votes cast were for winning products.
In many categories, there was a very steep drop-off between the top vote-getter and the No. 2 (and lesser) winners. In Browsing, for example, Firefox received 50 percent of all votes in the category, and the second-most-popular product, Opera, got only 13 percent.
The greatest disparity was in the Community category. Gaia Online won a staggering 91,293 votes--60 percent of the votes in its category and 19 percent of all votes cast in the awards.
The categories with the least amount of drop-off--the most even distribution of votes--were Productivity and Publishing. In Productivity, which also included Commerce, there was a block of votes (45 percent of all in the category) fairly evenly distributed among eBay, Amazon, and Paypal. Google Docs and Speadsheets and Google Calendar were in the next positions, and then there was a fairly straight-line drop-off for the remaining five winners in the category.
Publishing had no mass consumer brands in the top 10, as most of the other categories did. WordPress got the most votes. I was interested to see the Drupal CMS platform placing high in this category--above the consumer-oriented publishing products Typepad and Vox. Even combined, these two Six Apart services didn't come close to winning the same number of votes as Drupal.
The top 10 vote winners, which accounted for 45 percent of all votes, were, in alphabetical order:
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