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  • I decided some time ago that I won't have time for updating. There are now dozens of websites that do better. However, once in a while I may add or remove entries
  • Also see the links pointing to other resources, e.g. in Jan 2013 The Best of Teachers Web Tools was a good resource, but it is broken now. In particular "web 2.0" websites seem to have a very short half life....

- Daniel K. Schneider 12 May 2010 / Jan 14 2013


This is a list of web 2.0 applications. It should centralize software discussed in rich internet applications, virtual office, social software, e-learning 2.0, personal learning environments etc.

Basically I want this to be a toolkit for:

Note: webtops (applications that integrate web widgets, i.e. some light-weight web 2.0 applications and information feeds are described apart). Also, this list may include on-line tools that are not really "web 2.0", e.g. are not Ajax or not sharable. It also may contain useless junk. There is 'no' endorsement.

See also Creating websites with online services and using web widgets, i.e. some background information in the web technology tutorials series that explain how to create (a) web sites with online services and that (b) may include other services as widgets.

The List

Notice: As mentioned above this list should be completely revised, updated and also reorganized


Desktop (webtops), also called mashups.
  • Google Homepage, Clic!Dev, Computadora, Desktoptwo, eskobo, eyeOS, Favoor, HomePortals, NetVibes, Nowsy, ORCA Desktop, Pageflakes, Protopage, Windows Live, YouOS, YourMinis, Zimbio, XIN.
  • See webtop, for a list of some
Office suites
  • Google Docs. Includes wordprocessor (ex- Writely), spreadsheet and presentations.
  • The Zoho suite Similar as Google but more applications (on oct. 2007). Zoho writer, spreadsheets, show, online database, projectmanager, DB, Planner...
  • Think free
Boards (several things you can stick onto it)
Feed Reader (news feed aggregators)


Test Messaging/SMS

eFax, InterFax, TrustFax, and more.

Feed Processor

Feed Digest, FeedBlitz, FeedBurner, Feeds2Be, SocialMail, Spanning Salesforce, Teleflip.

File Sender

YouSendIt,, DropLoad, DropSend, Krunch, MailBigFile, Gigafile.

Instant Messenger (instant messaging)

Meebo, Campfire,, Gabbly, JumpChat, Kool IM, Lingr, Mabber, MSN Web Messenger, Wablet.


Zoho Polls, dPolls, PollGenius,, QuestionForm.


SpinVox, Aptela, GotVoice, Odeo.

Web Conferencing videoconferencing

Webex, GoToMeeting, Dimdim

Voice over IP


Microblogging / status

Jaiku, Twitter, Pownce

Writing applications

See also: writing tools and collective writing


Gmail, Fleck, Google Notebook, Helipad, Magnoto,,, SnapBits, SNIPPit, StickyTag, stikkit, Workspace, Wridea.

Weblog (blogs)
Word Processor
  • GoogleDocs (free and the most well known, was Writely)
  • Zoho writer. Free and probably the best in terms of WP functionality. Zoho also has other tools, e.g. Spreadheet, presentation, database. All good (except the wiki tool)
  • Thinkfree an other *.doc compatible tool
  • gOFFICE Word Processing
  • Shutterborg
Desktop Publishing

gOFFICE Desktop Publishing

Document Manager

EchoSign, Alfresco, Blinksale, FreshBooks, Koral, ShareMethods.

Web Publishing

Google Pages, Blockstar, Freewebs, Office Live, SiteKreator, Socialtext, Synthasite, Weebly, Weebly, Wetpaint.

Note Taking (Note taking)
  • NoteTango! a free collaborative note sharing website for students. Students can take notes and share their notes, and collaborate on notes
  • NoteMesh. NoteMesh is a free service that allows college students in the same classes to share notes with each other. It works by creating a wiki for individual classes that users can edit.
  • NoteCentric A web based note taking application. Notecentric keeps your notes organized and readily available online. Sharing with friends is possible.
Flashcard Sharing
  • StudyStack create and share flashcards. Site also takes the data from your flashcards and creates other activities - matching, hangman, crossword, bug chase, etc. Flashcards can also be put on your cell phone.
  • Quizlet a flashcard sharing site created by a high school student.
  • Anki is a popular flashcard sharing tool powered by spaced learning.
  • Synap is a flashcard / Multiple Choice Question sharing site created by medical students.
  • Memrise is a flashcard site used mostly for learning languages.

See also the wiki article (more links)

  • wikispaces (public read/write or read/only is free, private is $50/year).
  • Jotspot (currently locked for new users, since bought by Google - Daniel K. Schneider 21:24, 6 June 2007 (MEST))
Other collaborative writing
  • currently (12/2007) closed for non-invited. "Band together with friends and colleagues to exchange ideas, network, and collaborate in real time private communities".
  • BricaBox. A sort of service that allows to combine wiki, photos, maps, etc. into your own space.

Web pages and sites

There are lots of sites that allow you to create an online presence.

Data gathering and analysis

Online survey tools
  • Requestio for market research using online surveys and opinion polls. Provides a multilingual interface to create and publish questionnaire.
  • Typeform to create surveys which are optimized for all platforms and devices.
  • SurveyKing to create free online surveys and forms. Provides advanced reporting features such as cross tabulation and filtering to spot hidden trends in data.
  • SurveyMonkey
  • Survicate
  • Google Calculator, Calcoolate, Instacalc.
  • See Integration tools - Office tools, in particular Google and Zoho.
  • ajaxXLS, EditGrid, gOFFICE Spreadsheets, iRows, Num Sum, Sheester, ThinkFree Calc, wikiCalc, XCellery (share Excel files).

Data management and repositories

File hosting, sharing, Manager

fluxiom, Backpack, Omnidrive, Openomy, Streamload, Strongspace, Xmail Hard Drive, allmydata.

File Server


Social bookmarking and references

  • Delicious
  • Diigo
  • BlinkList, BlogMarks, Blue Dot, Clipmarks, Cogenz, ConnectBeam, , Furl, Google Bookmarks, listal, LookLater, ma.gnolia, Netvouz, Raw Sugar, Simpy, Spurl, Yahoo! My Web, zurpy.
Reference managers
Navigation trails
  • Trailfire (String together web pages and add notes).

Media players and digital artifacts sharing

Photo Manager

23, AllYouCanUpload, Riya, SmugMug, Zenfolio, Zoto.

Video and Podcasts
  • Youtube
  • Video.Google (much better than YouTube since you can share contents in MP4, youtube only allows you to share viewing unless you teach students to use tricks like [1].)
  • Since youtube and google are probably censored in schools, use teachertube
  • ClickCaster (128 audio free)
Music Player

MP3tunes, ajaxTunes, Jinzora,, Pandora, Streampad.

Format convertors

  • converts between many kinds of files: text formats, video formats, audio formats, image formats, archive formats etc.

Multimedia editing, Presentation and Drawing

Photo Editing
  • Snipshot
  • PXN8, Phixr, Pixer, , and more.

Zoho Show, AJAX-S, Empressr, fliptrack, gOFFICE Presentations, Preezo, S5, Scooch, Slide, Slideshare, Spresent, ThinkFree Show, Thumbstacks.

Drawing / whiteboards

Gliffy, ajaxSketch, Cumulate Draw, Imagination Cubed, LiThA-Paint.

  • Imagination at Work. GE collaborative drawing tool (works nicely, allows printing, sending a message to invite people).
  • skrbl. Sketch, text, share files, upload pictures all in one common shared space...
  • CreateAGraph, Graphs and charts maker (online tool where you can configure the graph and enter data, no registration required)
  • Supports Bar, Pie, Line diagrams etc. and interactive maps.
  • Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. It also can import RSS feeds and tags from users.
  • Tool to Create Charts Online. Easy to use and free. No login required.
  • yUML. You will have to specify the diagram with a short hand notation. The result can be taken as picture or embedded as widget in a web page. Currently (May 2009) UML Class diagrams and use case diagrams are supported.

iOutliner, iJot, Listigator, ListPool, Nelements, SproutLiner.

Sound Mixer

RAZZ Mixer

Video Editing

Jumpcut, eyespot.

All-in-one tools
  • Aviary Photo-editing, logos, web templates, filters, color palettes, screen capture & more

Concept mapping and argumentation diagrams

Mind mapping and concept maps
  • Mayomi (was good, but the URL is dead now. Is there a replacement ?).
  • Nice and easy to use application
  • Mindomo Web-based mind mapping tool (free)
  • MindMeister is an online mind-mapping service (free, at least beta version of Feb 2007)
  • Gliffy Online Diagramming in your web browser (needs Flash 7). Supports various domains (UML, Flow Chart, Floor Charts). Five drawings are free. ($30/30 per year).
  • Drop mind (Sliverlight technology). Free (as of May 2009)

CoPe_It!, is a web based tool supporting argumentative collaboration and decision making for Communities of Practice.


  • Ning (nice features)
  • Facebook (not too useful in education)

See also the List of social networking websites in Wikipedia.

Organizing (specifically for education)

Personal Organizer
  •, Student organizer and social notetaking tool where students can create a schedule, track their grades, manage a to do list, store files for classes, and write public notes in an outline-like format.
Educational projects
  • NoteStar, not really web 2.0, but useful :)
HomeWork Organization
  • GradeFix, homework management system for students.
Teacher tools (Grade tools, organizers, contents)

See also: Gradebook

  • Chalksite Teachers, students and parents have a central point to access grading, assignments, discussions and messaging.
  • iversity Interactive online-teaching platform. Universities can make introductory courses available online
  • Engrade Gradebook, Attendance book, HomeWork Calendar, Student Reports.

Learning management systems / e-learning

Most of these do less than a full blown LMS, but since they use AJAX interfaces, they are usually much easier and faster (!)

  • Haiku LMS (Haiku) (Learning Management Tool) Drag & Drop environment to organize a class website (Text, Files, Links, Photos, Audio, Video), Events, Calendar, Assignments. etc. For teachers, their students and parents. Daniel K. Schneider wouldn't call it an LMS yet, since it doesn't include collaborative work and upload facilities for students. Otherwise a nice and easy to use tool. Free for one class (includes all tools and 1MB storage).
  • LearnHub (formerly NuVVo). Quote: "LearnHub is a network of communities, each one built around a specific subject (ex. Algebra, History, Software Development). Search to find a community that fits your interest. You will find many communities offer a wealth of freely available information, created by expert teachers, and other students. The line between teacher and student is blurred, because a student in one subject, can be a teacher in another. Communities are a mixture of lessons (pages, videos, presentations, concept games), tests, discussions, debates and fun activities. You will also find a marketplace, where you can find courses and tutor offerings from expert teachers." (retrieved april 11 2008). Use of LearnHub is free, but teachers may sell courses. Therefore Learnhub may become an e-commerce platform for open microlearning.
  • Mindpicnic, Courses at Mindpicnic are a simple method of organizing and sharing large amounts of study material. More precisely, a course is an ordered collection of cardboxes (flashcards), books, links and notes referring to one topic. So this is a personal learning environment in a way. Free (but there is a pro upgrade). Not too impressed by the examples I have seen.
  • Free web-based education site with comprehensive features for teachers, students and parents. Anyone can teach and/or learn using the system, whether it's at school, at home, or on the move....
  • Unison. Web-based rapid elearning development. Allows teams to collaboratively capture, storyboard, develop, review, test, and publish Flash-based courses. A simple version is free, others up to $500/month.


  • Scrybe (an augmented calendar, since 9/2008 closed to beta testing, final version will have both free and paying services).
  • Google Calendar, 30 Boxes, CalendarHub, Epointment, HipCal, Jotlet, Kiko, Planzo, Spongecell, TimeBridge, Trumba,


Personal Organizer
  • Zoho Planner, Athyrium, MyTicklerFile, SynapseLife, Tracks, TracksLife, voo2do.
Group Manager
  • CollectiveX, AirSet, BlueTie, Central Desktop,, Foldera, GroupLoop, GroupSharp, HiveLive, TeamWork Live, Todoz, WebEx WebOffice.
Task Manager
Time Tracking
  • Tick, 14Dayz, Beeplet, clockodo, Harvest, Deskmeister, minutes in a minute, SlimTimer, Time Tracker, Time59, Toggl.

Development and webos

On-line web development tools

(e.g. manipulate images, create web layouts, etc.)

  • See: Web2Rain A list of 434 (or more) tools that make web development easy.
On-line configuration and hostring of web applications

(there are more, e.g. wikis, LMSs etc.)

Operating System

Browser extensions

  • Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. E.g. features automatic capture of citation information from web pages, Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages, flexible notetaking with autosave, fast, as-you-type search through your materials, playlist-like library organization. A kind of personal learning environment.



SugarCRM, Relenta CRM, Salesboom,



Command Prompt

YubNub, JS/UIX.

Expense Tracker

foonance, billQ, ClearCheckbook, Mvelopes, OneStatement.

Form Designer

Wufoo, FormLogix, FormSpring, Icebrrg, jotForm, Sidewalk, Sidewalk, The Form Assembly.


Kinko's, Big Blue Saw, Lulu.


scanR, Mytago.


Timeline, emurse, FiveRuns, MyOpenID, Naymz, simplifid, Zamzar.

Links and References

Major resources

Major sources are/were (also would need updating !)

Introductions for educators

See also e-learning 2.0 and personal learning environment. Here we focus on articles that contain lists of useful applications.

  • Anderson, Paul, What Is Web 2.0? Ideas, Technologies and Implications for Education, JISC Technology and Standards Wath, PDF. One of the best technical overviews of web 2.0 I have seen - Daniel K. Schneider)
  • Benzinger, Brian (2006), Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1, [2]. On 19:51, 14 May 2007 (MEST) this was the best "web 2.0" list made specifically for education I found. This article has three parts. [], [], [] - Daniel K. Schneider.
  • MacManus, Richard (2007). e-learning 2.0 Infiltrates the Classroom, Read/Write Web, HTML
  • D'Souza, Quentin, 100+ Web 2.0 Ideas for Educators: A Guide to RSS and More. Abstract/PDF
  • Molina, Pablo G. and the 2006 EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee, Pioneering New Territory and Technologies, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 41, no. 5 (September/October 2006): 112-35 HTML/PDF
  • Wagner, Mark (2006). Best of 2006: The Read/Write Web in Education, HTML.


web2.0 / Office 2.0 lists and databases

Office 2.0 oriented blog entries and articles

  • Descy, Don E., (2007). Browser-based Online Applications: Something for Everyone!, TechTrends 1, Number 2 / March, 2007. 10.1007/s11528-007-0014-z PDF.
  • Ghalimi, Ismael, Office 2.0, IT|Redux index of overview articles, HTML, retrieved 16:49, 26 April 2007 (MEST).
  • Ghalimi, Ismael (2006), How To Build a Website with Office 2.0, IT|Redux, [3], retrieved 16:49, 26 April 2007 (MEST).
  • Hayes, Alexander, A Web Office Toolkit HTML, retrieved 16:49, 26 April 2007 (MEST). (a large list).
  • Hinchcliffe, Dion, Blogs, wikis, and Web 2.0 as the next application platform, ZDNet article, HTML, retrieved 16:49, 26 April 2007 (MEST)