Our 2008 application zeitgeist post exactly one month ago generated some attention, which is why when it was suggested we do a follow-up for our finalists I was a little hesitant. There’s a fine line between a useful device and a gimmick, and I feared we might stray into the latter territory (like how Chubby Checker amazingly managed to maintain his credibility following “The Twist” with “Let’s Twist Again”, but succumbed to hubris and released “Slow Twistin’”, his ultimate undoing). After actually performing the analysis though, I see there are some interesting contrasts: “mobile” has dropped off the top of the “what are you creating?” list to be replaced by “travel”, “advertising” is less of a top-line panacea (and yes, we realize the tautology of “revenue” as a way to make money – thankfully it was substantiated a bit more than that), and Amazon has replaced Google as the cloud solution of choice. There are other differences as well – which is why I’ll cease my yammering and leave you to draw your own conclusions.
PS: I this time I manually hyphenated “open-source” so it would appear as one phrase for the “tools” question – if only Mr. Checker had learned from his past mistakes as well.