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November 4, 2006

Killer Applications

Tags: Web — 2:56 pm Comments (2)

List of Killer Applications

This list is based on killer categories and then lists the application that has market share and/or is a superior product in the category. Web sites are not listed here even though many sites have app-like services e.g. ESPN with live sports scoreboard or Amazon wishlists or portfolio apps. Everything listed here is just my opinion and best guess.

Killer apps are mainstream or apps that are stellar and primed to go mainstream.

Clients –

Web Browser: Internet Explorer 6 – 7; Firefox 2
Email: Outlook, Apple Mail, Thunderbird 2
Calendar: Outlook, iCal
Instant Messenger: Yahoo!Messenger, iChat
Music/Video: Windows Media Player, iTunes
Photo: iPhoto, Picasa

Word Processor: MS Word, Pages
Spreadsheet: MS Excel
Presentation: MS Powerpoint, Keynote

Anything missing?

Web Applications (mainly US) –

Search Engines: Google
Specialty Searches: Google Maps/Local, Google Finance
Webmail: Yahoo!Mail, Gmail
Calendar: Google Calendar
Collaboration (may become a killer app): BaseCamp

Photos: Kodak Gallery, Flickr
Music: iTunes store
Video: tbd

Networking: Linked-in, MySpace, Facebook
Blog software (may become a killer app): WordPress, Typepad/Movable Type

Anything missing?


  1. […] I’ll write more about this and maybe even come up with a better diagram.  This, unfortunately is the state of the Web — the Web is property centric versus user centric.  People potentially have to sign-up for everything in order to make their online life useful and work together.  My identity and data is stuck in every property, everyone’s got a piece of my data. This is somewhat of a visual representation of the Web “a la carte audience” and here’s a related document, my killer applications list.  There are some major problems and opportunities here. […]

    Pingback by » property centric web — November 20, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

  2. I’m the PM on a client’s in-house project. We are using basecamp to coordinate project information and schedules over four user sites with additional remote support sites. Reflecting: During hte 90s when helping to design DTV, that project back then would have been a lot easier if we had had today’s Internet.

    Comment by Eugene Parks — December 13, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

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