Would You Give Your First Born To Name Websites Like These?

Some qwerky suggestions for webapps. A bit on the cynical side. I’m sure you can guess which webapps these ones are parodying.

Social Networking

  • Hi5-O
  • ClinkedIn

News

  • Rigg

School

  • KeggsList
  • Faithbook

Entertainment and Sports

  • FumbleUpon
  • Speedoo

Consumer Reviews

  • GrumbleUpon
  • Ask Questions

Social Bookmarking

  • Blanklist

Love and Dating

  • StagNation

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Mapping Web 2.0

The serious one shows color-coded regions where the given social networks are popular. I don’t think LiveJournal is comparable to MySpace, but just look at that! Curiously, there’s not one website that dominates equally across continents. According to the article, Hi5 is the most diverse.

The funny one depicts the popular places on the web both as land forms and water forms. Remember, it’s only an approximation!

The mashed up one shows which country made which web application. Not comprehensive, but I’d love to see this when it’s become more comprehensive than ever.

The confusing one lets you navigate through Web 2.0 much like a Tokyo Subway map. (Because unsurprisingly, it’s made by Japanese information architects.) It shows an interesting combination of how successful they predict these webapps will be, as well as other relationships like Chinese-made websites and political blogs.

Don’t forget eBoy’s eCities! (Not exactly maps but they’re the most astounding of all.)

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Top 10 Worst Web App Names

Read/WriteWeb has posted a list of the 10 Worst Web App Names.

I don’t particularly with every single one of the ten, but makes for a good laugh.

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Mahalo

Mahalo

Jason Calacanis’ secret “Project X” has finally launched and it’s called Mahalo. It’s a human-powered search engine, meaning anyone can supposedly suggest helpful results for search keywords. And if your searches are good enough, you can get paid as a reward.

The interface, despite its pastel/Hawaiian/nature-loving look, seems to behave more like a highly customized wiki (MediaWiki, to be specific) than a search engine, even if this controversial blogger claims he’s got no plans of killing that website format, which, coincidentally, is also named after a Hawaiian word. In fact, the secondary goal of Mahalo is to help fund Wikipedia itself:

…So, you can make the world better 2x: first by making clean, spam- free search results and second by helping keep the Wikipedia running (those server bills ain’t cheap!).

We’ve earmarked up to $250,000 in donations to the Wikipedia this year.

Source: Mahalo Greenhouse Launches

Now that’s pretty kind for someone who declared war against the search engine optimization industry and got called all sorts of colorful names for it.

Web 2.0 Validator Score
5/65

The Formula
Foreign Word

Confirmed Etymology
“thank you”, “(May you be) in (Divine) Breath.”

Belongs to Circle Number

2, The Metaphor

Not to Be Consfused With
PayPerPost, Squidoo

Did You Know…
“…that Mahalo.com is a human-powered search engine whose lead investor Sequoia Capital helped start both Yahoo! and Google?”

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Wakoopa

Wakoopa

It’s no longer enough that you declare every little thing you’re doing right now. Wakoopa wants you to download an unobtrusive piece of software, track the programs you use, and send that information to their website. Sounds a lot like spyware, right? These days they call it “software gone social”. And I can’t blame them one bit—we love sharing all these little things about ourselves.

It doesn’t stop there. Since Wakoopa is more or less a social network for people who use software, we’ve got groups (“teams”), comments (“reviews”), and of course, our own profile pages where others can discover which media player do we watch those questionable videos with.

The biggest surprise: the name Wakoopa isn’t gibberish! It actually stands for something (I asked).

Imagine if they used their slogan as their name. You’d get SoGoSo!

Web 2.0 Validator Score
10/66

The Formula
Acronymity, Doublized (“We discovered later that we also comply with the “double o” rule of successful companies: just like Google and Yahoo we have “oo” in our name!”)

Confirmed Etymology
W.A.K.O.O.P.A., “Where All Kinds Of Original Progs Appear”

Belongs to Circle Number
4, The Cab Calloway

Also a Great Name For
Donuts

Brownie Points For
The Pink and Green Color Scheme!

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Jaiku

Jaiku

If Twitter likens its service to the twittering tweets of a bird, then Jaiku likens its own to, well, haiku. Not that Jaiku is an exact replica of Twitter, though. You can not only micro/nano-blog, you can also add other online presences of yours: blog feeds, Flickr photos, del.icio.us bookmarks, or anything else that carries a feed. (Twitter included!)

Why do Web 2.0 sites have a fondness for Japanese-sounding words?

Score 9/65; Formula: Bastardized Foreign Word (haiku); Circle No.: 2, The Metaphor; Qwerky Rival: Twitter; Qwerky Blog Name: The Jaikido Blog

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Twitter

Twitter

Brevity is the soul of (T)WIT(ter):

Jack gave our acceptance speech which went exactly like this, “We’d like to thank you in 140 characters or less. And we just did!”

That’s at the SXSW Web Awards 2007, where Twitter easily won.

Everyone and anyone who’s a blogger should stop whining right this instant about people stalking their blogs. You signed up for MySpace, you have at least one IM screen name, and you might as well podcast or vlog. Twitter takes stalking to the next level. And throws productivity out the window every time you update your sorta’, kinda’ blog about what you’re doing or thinking at the moment. In 140 characters or less.

It feels like Twitter’s going to be the biggest thing since Flickr in terms of “cuteness” and explosion of 3rd-party tools, except that somebody thought of photo-sharing before Flickr did, while Twitter is the first of its kind. Maybe because it’s nine parts silly, 1 part possibly productive.

If YouTube brought about microconsumption of videos, then this is bite-sized vanity blogging.

Score 9/66; Formula: Sound FX (Twitter messages are called Tweets); Circle No.: 2, The Metaphor; Coined Words: Microblogging, Nanoblogging; Biggest Tag in Cloud: nonstop

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Fauxto

Fauxto

You’d think online photo editing software are nothing compared to the top guns of Adobe, Corel, and Open Source. You obviously haven’t met Fauxto. It’s got a rich interface with the help of Flash and if you weren’t keen enough you’d think it was the online Photoshop program Adobe has announced.

There’s nothing “fake” about being able to edit “faux”-tos and more—all online. It’s possible now.

Score 9/66; Formula: Bastardized English (faux, photo); Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract; Qwerky Rival: PXN8

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Google, DoubleClick, $3.1 Billion.

Guess which bought which. Easy.

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Qwerky Redesign!

Here’s a new look for Qwerky after more than a year of blogging about weird Web 2.0 names. Come to think of it, I didn’t exactly celebrate this blog’s first anniversary (which is January 14th), unlike what I did with Stellify.net.

Some statistics according to the archives page:

There are currently 99 posts and 199 comments, contained within 3 categories.

I know the colors are loud, but I’m a fan of the combination and I’m glad I found a place to use it. The 2.0 denotes “version 2.0” and, of course, “Web 2.0”! Hope you like it. If you have any comments or suggestions, let me know!

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Scribd

Scribd

Who said all the viral fun that distracts us from “work” can only be found in videos? For everything else, there’s Scribd.

Of course, the main idea of Scribd isn’t really to archive all the distracting readables, but to archive documents in general, with the classic Web 2.0 twist: Digg-style voting. Sure, in the midst of the jobhunting people are about to face this graduation, a Girlfriend Application form is quite a hoot.

(The weirdest part about Scribd is the use of Adobe Flash for embedding Adobe Reader files. Doesn’t anybody else find that a little disturbing? What does Google, who gobbled up online word processor Writely, have to say about this?)

Score 13/65; Formula: Bastardized English, Vowel Drop; Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract; Biggest Tag in Cloud: Religion

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Renkoo

Renkoo

Unlike sites like MySpace, Friendster, or FaceBook, Renkoo assumes you have a life. And that you already have real-life, offline friends. To top it all off, it encourages you and your friends to meet in real life, offline.

So now the only thing left to do is agree on what to do, as well as the when, where, and how. If email, instant messenger, text, or the combination of all three is too much of a hassle to set things up, you might want to let Renkoo handle the unniceties.

Now, the origin of the name Renkoo is not a mystery. But that bee on the logo has had me wondering even before the website opened for signups. It does go well with the “beeeta”, though. (Not that everybody understands why Web 2.0 webapps keep on putting up the word “beta” beside their logos.)

The Qwerks

Web 2.0 Validator Score
6/65

The Formula
Doublized, Bastardized Foreign Word (renku) and Metaphoria

Belongs to Circle Number
2, The Metaphor (renku is a type of “linked” poetry created by two or more collaborating poets)

Confirmed Etymology
Renku

Brownie Points For
Awesome logos and webdesign/css gallery accolades

Qwerky Tag Team With
Zazzle

Qwerky Mascot
Kawaii (Japanese for “cute”) animals! See logos

Definitely Inspired By
Google Doodles, just like Reddit

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Wesabe

Wesabe

There are websites that help you spend money. Ones that know you’re scared to use that credit card but make it perfectly painless to add items to a virtual shopping cart and head to checkout even before registering your personal details.

You’re broke. And squirming at the thought that your name and number intercepted and stolen. And done for.

Then there are websites that help you save money. Nothing is more useful a money-saving website.

Add a name like Wesabe, other spicy features, and you’re good to go. It also helps that Wesabe could equal and even replace the paid, desktop personal finance software nobody is fond of.

Score 9/66; Formula: Bastardized English (“we save”), Bastardized Foreign Word (“wasabi”); Confirmed Etymology: Bastardized Foreign Word (“we sabe”, “we know”, instead of “tu sabe”, “you know”); Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract

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Grouptivity

Grouptivity

If you want collaboration without the instant messengers, conference calls, and other alienating interfaces, try plain-old HTML forms. Assign tasks, make surveys, share lists, turn events into reality. If you’re daunted by melding a group of heterogeneous mindsets into one well-oiled machine, Grouptivity could be a modest solution for you.

I wonder how many people collaborated to come up with the name. The -ivity makes pronouncing it something of a little game in itself. Perhaps co-collaborators can toy with saying it out loud as many times as they can.

Score 7/66; Formula: Bastardized English (group + activity); Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract; What Makes It Web 2.0: The template options are tags in a cloud; See Also: Thinkature

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Fedafi

Fedafi

These self-appointed “RSS Guys” at Fedafi provide a bunch of RSS-related tools fit for any self-respecting blogger (or feed publisher). They’ve got stat-checking, advertising, and banner exchange all for free, but their flagship product, the RSS Generator (for websites that don’t generate feeds), is for-a-fee. (And that’s the business plan right there.) Sounds like they’re taking on the not-so-Qwerky FeedBurner.

They seem all-too obsessed with the term RSS, but what about other feed standards such as Atom? Perhaps that’s why they named themselves Fedafi instead of RSSafi or something. My bet is that the “fed” in Fedafi rhymes with “feed.” It’ll sound much more Arabic it weren’t.

I’m also guessing it’s because RSS sounds a lot snappier than Atom (or RDF). That double S is akin to the two curved lines on the feed logo. I guess nobody wants to go neutral on this one, calling the feed icon an RSS icon instead. Others, however, are more concerned with the size of the icon (it’s a contest) rather than explaining what RSS actually is. (It’s “Really Simple Syndication”, by the way.) Face it, feeds are exclusive to automated publishing platforms such as blogs.

Score 11/65; Formula: Gibberish, Bastardized Foreign Word (sounds like one, at least); Circle No.: 4, The Cab Calloway; Qwerky T-shirt Tagline: “Bite My Flaming Metal ASS RSS

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Web 2.0 Love Letter

Before the melodrama came the mush. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Web 2.0 Love Letter. A tad late for Valentines, but who cares?

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Bandwagon, formerly known as Xacktunes




Bandwagon is up!

From the Flickr of avlack.

Get a free online music backup account for Bandwagon if you blog about it and post the logo before February 22 PST.

Actually, “online music backup” is a loose term since they’re only open to OS X (10.4) + iTunes users, so that’s probably why they dropped the “xack” from Xacktunes (did that make any sense?). I also don’t normally blog about paid products without a free version whatsoever, but this was too good an opportunity to pass up. Plus points for knowing at least one of the developers from college, and even more ’cause it’s Philippine-made. Wink.

The name isn’t so qwerky as it used to be, though. Let’s see… for Xacktunes, the formula is a combination of Bastardized English, Consonant Swap (X for B), and Compounded (Backup + iTunes). Whew, that was a lot. It’s not very often you see qwerky Web 2.0 names with a combination of formulas for its name. But now, it’s just a real word, Bandwagon (Metaphoria, I guess). Too bad! I think a more appropriate name would be a recently featured webapp about music.

I hope they haven’t changed Xackup yet.

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IMified

IMified

Where IM stands for Instant Messenger. Where, if you haven’t figured that out by now, you probably wouldn’t “get it”.

IMified is actually descriptive of the web service, for a change, but still creates a non-existent name in the process. The proposal: do everything from inside an IM window. Befriend imified and start noting, reminding, todoing, backpacking, basecamping, 30boxing, stikkiting, rememberthemilking, calendaring, or blogging (a choice of T, B, WP, LJ, or MT).

Of course, make sure your messenger isn’t blocked by your company firewall first.

Score 7/52; Formula: Bastardized English; Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract

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Musicovery

Musicovery

Tune your online radio listening experience with a rainbow of moods and genres. It’s your choice to be positive, energetic, calm, or dark when you flip that virtual switch, or switch that virtual taste. Funky relational map—where that current song playing belongs in the scheme of themes—included. Play around and explore it for more Musicoveries.

Score 5/52; Formula: Bastardized English, Compounded; Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract; Plus Points For: Qwerky colors; Minus Points For: Flash Player dependencies

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Zillow

Zillow

The word Zillow doesn’t exactly convey images of dream houses and land parcels, but at least they made sure they had an explanation for it. Now how tricky should virtual buying and selling of real estate should be? The Z-language ought to help, so they say. And while not as cushy as the letter P, it’s enough to start the PZillow Talk (need a dictionary?).

They’re cray-Z about you. After all, using your name as a verb in true Google fashion is a positive sign of Web 2.0 greatness, right? Next to mentioning it in the same breath as Google, that is.

But does everybody agree that you, dear Z, the be-all and end-all of real estate on the web? Z careful, verbing your noun isn’t always a good thing.

Score 6/51; Formula: Bastardized English, Consonant Swap, Metaphoria (“Zillow” evolved from the desire to make zillions of data points for homes accessible to everyone. But a home is about more than data – it is where you lay your head to rest at night, like a pillow. »); Circle No.: 2, The Metaphor;

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Urbis

Urbis

Practically everybody’s a writer these days and it’s fairly easy to see the W-word tagged on countless About Me’s just because one is blogging. But if you haven’t tried serializing your novel in a blog yet, or NaNoWriMo just isn’t your thing, you might be interested in peer review 2.0. (It’s a bit disappointing that they don’t have the Digg-style plus/minus voting, but perhaps this was to give way to more comprehensive commenting on a user’s work.)

Join the Creative Republic at Urbis. And do as they do.

Score 7/52; Formula: Metaphoria, Foreign Word (“city”); Circle No.: 2, The Metaphor; Qwerky Mascots: Funky Headshot Silhouettes; Biggest Tag in the Cloud: Love

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Phrazr

Phrazr

Here’s a source of profoundess that’s befitting of the end of 2006. If you’re looking for answers to age-old mysteries such as the essence of life, this site might be of help. Of course, the one-liners contained in these scrolls are not written by unknown deities but equally puny beings who dream of becoming immortalized through their supposedly wise words.

Phrazr, on the other hand, could’ve gotten better inspiration in coming up with a more Web 2.0-looking site. After all, when you use a Flickr-inspired site name, you’re supposed to be a Web 2.0 company too, right?

Score: 3/51; Formula: Bastardized English, The ‘R’ Thang, Vowel Drop; Circle No.: 3, The Pseudo-Abstract; Notable Web 2.0 Features: None (ok, fine, “user-generated content” is there…)

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Top Social Networks of 2006 Announced!

Winners!Here’s the Web 2.0 holiday treat brought to you by Mashable!: the Social Networking Awards 2006. Here are the winners (both “their” choices and “our” choices have been named):

  1. Mainstream and Large Scale Networks: MySpace and Multiply
  2. Widgets and Add-Ons: Slide.com and Zwinky
  3. Social News and Social Bookmarking: Digg and Trailfire
  4. Sports and Fitness: FanNation and Takkle
  5. Photo Sharing: Flickr and Twango
  6. Video Sharing: YouTube and Gotuit
  7. Startpages: Netvibes and Pageflakes
  8. Places and Events: Yelp and CollegeTonight
  9. Music: Last.fm and ReverbNation, MOG
  10. Social Shopping: Etsy and ThisNext
  11. Mobile: Twitter and Wadja
  12. Niche and Miscellaneous Social Networks: Flixster and Dogster, LibraryThing

As you may have noticed, there’s a fair share of qwerky names, but there are also real words, either on their own or paired together. There will always be competition between these two naming schemes, but it’s the quality of service that’ll make or break it in the end.

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A Web 2.0 Soap Opera

In one of the more popular areas of the webosphere (slash blogosphere), a soap opera has just bubbled up. This involves Mr. Web 2.0, who dissed the New York Times, much to the dismay of fellow A-list bloggers.

Unlike most soap operas, though, there is no love triangle, long-lost child, and not even a Cinderella story in this one. It’s a brawl for the boys. Web 2.0 style.

Yes, Web 2.0 has gotten so big that it’s got its own subgenres now. This one’s under drama. (Who knew such these big guys would be great soap stars?)

Confused? Here’s a diagram courtesy of Duncan Riley.

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Social Networking Awards 2006 (by Mashable! and Photobucket)

This just in: Pete Cashmore of Mashable! is holding the 2006 Social Networking Awards. There are twelve categories and the winners will be announced on the 22nd at 4pm PST. As of writing there is no indication that the voting has ended so vote now! (Visit the website and you’ll be greeted with quick links at the top.)

Footnote: Not too long ago, SEOmoz released a list of Web 2.0 winners.

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