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Evolve to Web 2.0 Directory or Face Extinction?

Slather on the social engagement (ratings, reviews), add maps, shake and bake?



11:21 pm on Mar 23, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi Dataguy & Everyone,

This post is a reply to [webmasterworld.com...] message thread.

I've been thinking about user-generated 2.0 web directories for a while now. I think it is a really exciting idea. Mixing the two worlds (boring links with interesting dynamic content) could be a hit in the future.

I started a project about 2 years ago, which is called <snip>. I have spent days and nights thinking about how we could make a web directory "social". Two years later, <snip> was born. This website is still in the beta stage. I'm planning to test it for a further 6-7 months.

It would be interesting to hear/see your opinion <about a version of Web 2.0 social engagement directories>.



[edited by: Webwork at 1:30 pm (utc) on Mar. 25, 2009]
[edit reason] Per Charter we don't discuss specific directories, do website reviews, etc. [/edit]


1:35 pm on Mar 25, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hello danv80. Welcome to WebmasterWorld and the Directory Forum.

I invite you to describe, without including specific website identifying information, what it is that you have included in your directory that makes it a UGC or Web 2.0 directory.

Tell us what you added to the directory's functionality to engage your users. Tell us if there are any signs of early success.

We do not perform nor allow "website reviews" but we are always happy to discuss matters of strategy, techniques, etc. - whilst avoiding any hint of promotional activity.

So, tell us about your experience if you will and ask any questions.


4:56 pm on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I for one am curious.

[edited by: Webwork at 4:58 pm (utc) on April 1, 2009]
[edit reason] Per TOS please do not suggest nor solicit search phrases [/edit]


5:16 pm on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I thought it might be interesting, too, but we don't allow specific site reviews (we discuss issues and ideas, not sites) and we don't allow site links to avoid promotional posting.

I looked at the site before removing the link and I regret to advise that the part about it being "Web 2.0" - well, it wasn't all the compelling.

My friends in the industry suggest that "flat directories" - listings only, such as the static listings that once appeared in print directories - have only so much user appeal. Some argue for the integration of ratings and reviews. Some argue for the addition of greater UGC or other information.

What's Web 2.0 when it comes to a directory? It's an interesting question, which is why - despite the "look at my site" opening post - this thread was allowed to run, to see if there has been any progress.

Web 2.0 is what? Social engagement? Voting? Reviews and ratings? All this, everywhere and all the time, or "there's no value"? Just how valid and valuable are the ratings anyway? What happens when the countermeasures start taking hold and every business starts inserting their own ratings? It will come to this.

Maps are a Web 2.0 "must have" with listings? Probably a good idea. Is a directory that's not "designed for the last step" a loser in the making?

Is slathered on social engagement now the one size fits all standard? If you ain't got it you ain't got it? Directory "as community"? Is this a call to return to the original Yahoo model - directory as portal?

[edited by: Webwork at 9:45 pm (utc) on April 1, 2009]


9:27 pm on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well, i didn't want to promote my website this way. Especially when it is still under heavy testing! The reason why i didn't reply, is because i'm writing my dissertation which is taking up my free time.

i'm sorry to hear that you didn't like my directory. But at least i got a quick "review" from a professional like you.

Once i've finished my dissertation, i'll come back and continue the discussion about web 2.0 link portal.

Thanks for your posts.



9:59 pm on Apr 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Well, I am still curious to see that site..maybe can you send it to me via some type of message? I was reading about all that web2.0 bla bla bla.. which I think is mostly just marketing... just like AJAX is nothing new, been around for a while.. but the word gave it life.
I love playing with directories... I wrote my own too, but is mostly a toy for me to learn PHP, Mysql, SEO and so on... Maps, Ratings, Voting.. it all depends on type of directory. Mostly just bells and whistles, since no one ever uses them... unless it is a very niche directory.
By the way.. I do like the idea of a directory/community

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