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Earlier today, I asked folks who follow me on Twitter: “Which is that one web startup you can’t live without. Just one. Google products not allowed. no Yahoo. STARTUP Offering(s) only. And no Twitter!” In the early days of what is Web 2.0 we saw the […]

logosmashupEarlier today, I asked folks who follow me on Twitter: “Which is that one web startup you can’t live without. Just one. Google products not allowed. no Yahoo. STARTUP Offering(s) only. And no Twitter!” In the early days of what is Web 2.0 we saw the emergence of products and services such as Moveable Type, Flickr and Del.icio.us. Amongst early adopters, these apps were pretty popular. Flickr and Del.icio.us were acquired by Yahoo. Moveable Type is part of SixApart, a thriving software startup.

I just wanted to see if a new generation of must-have services had emerged. In response to my question, I ended up getting a pretty diverse set of answers from Twitter-land. Three startups that got a lot of mentions were: Evernote, FriendFeed and Mint.com. Sure there were mentions of Digg and Facebook, but those three got most mentions. Remember The Milk, Xobni and Dropbox were other names that were mentioned. With the exception of Mint, I pretty much use (or have used) products made by these startups on a daily basis. I can see why people can’t live without them. My pick is Remember The Milk. What’s yours?

PS: You can follow me on Twitter as I go through my day. We also have Twitter feeds for NewTeeVee, The Apple Blog, Earth2Tech, and WebWorkerDaily, along with Twitter feeds from Kevin and James of jkOnTheRun.

PS #2: I blame all this talk about Twitter today on Pat Phelan who is looking for some Twitter intervention.

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  1. Mohamed ElGohary Friday, January 23, 2009

    And gigaom.Jaiku.com :)

  2. Brad Davis Seal Friday, January 23, 2009

    Dropbox has made working from multiple computers a dream. I would hate to not have it.

  3. Brian Macdonald Friday, January 23, 2009

    http://go2.me URL shortening service

  4. of course I can’t live without my startup:
    http://www.cloudcontacts.com

    Other startups I would prefer not to live without:
    ZocDoc
    StreetEasy
    Pubmatic
    eBuddy
    Meebo
    Yelp (not sure they qualify)
    Viddler

  5. Your twitter link goes back to my replies rather than yours.

    Does Netvibes count as an answer?

  6. “Live without” might be too specific/extreme. In the scheme of things I can’t think of any including Web-1.0 companies I couldn’t live without. They’re all ancillary.

  7. Socialbrowse is my necessity. It sits in my sidebar, feeding me new links of interest all day. Sharing is as simple as one or 2 clicks, no need to visit a different page or fill anything in. With 2 devoted developers who are quick to fix any problems, Socialbrowse makes all the other link sharing sites seem overly complicated and hard to use.

    My profile: http://socialbrowse.com/profile/view/381/

  8. Samuel Sidler Friday, January 23, 2009

    I’d have to say that Mint is high on my list. I use it almost daily and check the iPhone app quite a bit. The features I want are in the pipeline. Most companies that say that I don’t believe, but Mint seems to be chugging along, releasing feature after feature. I can’t imagine not using them.

  9. I hope I’m not the only person who is skeptical of Mint. Even if it’s the best app on the web, there is no freakin’ way I would upload my financial information to a free website so I can see more ads targeted to my income & spending level. I’ll spend the $50 and use Quicken or MS money or something that allows me to maintain the illusion of privacy.

  10. George Bounacos Friday, January 23, 2009

    Xobni and RTM (a favorite of mine) offer services that I think will be quickly replicated. I’m a fan of Zoho’s ever-growing offering because they seem to be following the “grow big fast” mantra that would save them.

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