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Depending on how much you pay attention to the tech press, you may be aware that the DEMOfall08 and TechCrunch50 conferences were this week. But – although you’ll find some coverage on our parent blog GigaOM – we haven’t featured a single startup from either of […]

Depending on how much you pay attention to the tech press, you may be aware that the DEMOfall08 and TechCrunch50 conferences were this week. But – although you’ll find some coverage on our parent blog GigaOM – we haven’t featured a single startup from either of those conferences on WWD. Why not?

The main reason is that we haven’t seen anything coming out of either one of those events that looks like it will make a difference to the average web worker in the short run. Indeed, we suspect that the majority of these high-profile launches will vanish without a trace. The world already has a pretty good supply of mobile, social applications who mistake using Google AdWords for a business strategy. While that doesn’t characterize every startup at the conferences, the level of innovation seemed to be off from some past years.

But surely the web can’t be running out of innovation steam, can it? Here’s our invitation to you, the real web workers: what have you seen lately that was new and exciting? What tools and services have you run into that do help streamline your day? What’s worth shouting from the virtual rooftops about, even if it didn’t participate in the VC-fueled dog-and-pony shows this week?

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  1. The really innovative ones are hard at work building their stuff, not prancing around at conferences! Kidding, kind of.

  2. Most of us are leading big dogs like yourself clear the path, so we can trail along and pick up some crumbs.

  3. I agree with John. We are working at building our stuff. Plus, conferences and travel fees can get expensive. I think $3k-10k can be put to better use when you’re seed or early stage. Plus, since we are in NY, we have the Web 2.0 conference next week.

  4. Recently I have been impressed by DropBox, Posterous and Vimeo. They each have made my life easier and have been a pleasure to use. Interesting to think that most of their innovations are around UX…software is maturing, thank goodness. :)

    Peldi

  5. The internet has become kind of cluttered with so many applications and options given to a regular users. But for those who are behind the scenes working to make these innovations possible, they are getting fine treats from companies like zivios (www.zivios.org) or Red Hat’s FreeIPA (www.freeipa.com), both recent open source projects who openly challenge the magnanimity of IBM, CA, Novell and even Microsoft.

  6. For me the most boring (for big shows, techcrunch, etc.) but also the most important innovation is…. mozy.com….

    So many problems I had (as a web worker) are solve with this tool..

    It is not a webapp but a powerfull Internet tool!

  7. Robert S. Robbins Wednesday, September 10, 2008

    Recently I’ve been using Liquid XML Studio 2008 a lot after discovering that it can format XML for me. No more Ultra-Edit regular expressions to add a newline after a tag!

    I’ll be looking for a RSS Feed aggregator that can manage multimedia enclosures soon. I’m working on a vlogging site that needs some way for users to subscribe to a vlogger’s videos. I think FireANT already supports Media RSS intake.

  8. A kid in my dorm put me on to Cavenger, a service that let’s you watch tv shows online. Don’t know if it’s that revolutionary, but it works for me

  9. insqribe.com! QR Codes are going to be huge, and these guys have the right approach. Simple and very useful.

  10. Here’s a few I’ve been interested in and excited about:

    1. Posterous.com – Easiest photo sharing I’ve used.
    2. Wufoo.com – Ok, maybe it’s not new, but still cool.
    3. Addoursearch.com – Well designed, fills a niche need
    5. Qik.com – Just a step away from televising your entire life.
    6. Blippr.com – Gotta love the 140

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