Feel out of the next generation Internet loop? Dazed and confused by all those new new thangs sprouting up across the Web Two Point Oh landscape?
I sympathize...I follow this stuff as closely as I can and as my schedule allows (refer to previous post about multitasking), and my head is still spinning like a Turbo Bobblehead. A person could spend all day just trying to keep up!
CNN's Money.Com/Business 2.0 team has done some VA (value-adding) in this area. While it's hype-ladenly billed -- (Sound the Trumpets)...."The Next Net 25"...(Could someone find me Don Pardo?) -- it does a nice job of calling out some of the key emerging players in the "next net" landscape, crisply dividing the companies into the following categories: "Social Media," "Mashup and Filters," "The New Phone," "The Webtop," "Under the Hood."
Turbo says check it out, especially if you're just looking for the 50K flyover.
Phone Me the Money
Meanwhile, Michael Arrington of TechCrunch asks us if we can keep a secret...SHHHHHH!....by sending us to the beta of Ether, a super top-secret site going live tonight at midnight (No, I don't know which time zone...but I'm sure it's midnight somewhere!).
The pitch? Oh, you're gonna love this...Got some advice you want to give (call yourself a "service provider.")? Set up a toll-free number with Ether, provide your personal info and a phone number to refer your toll calls to, set a rate and schedule when you're available, and go to town. Buyers go through the Ether space to find Sellers, and once they've agreed to the terms, the deal is done, they make the call, and the cash register starts to ring...or not.
Think phone consultation eBay and you're on your way into the Ether.