Tuesday, March 1, 2011

How Do All These Utilities Compete #edtech

A number of posts ago, I told you about Similar Sites which allows you to find alternatives to your favorite sites.  I referred to the demise of free Nings as an example of why such a site is important.  I've also told you about Quantcast.  This site allows you to see who is viewing a particular site through analytics that not only display the number of visitors a site has but who those visitors are through impressive demographics.  But what about when you find a number of alternatives and just aren't sure which one has the most value.  Well, Compete can help you with this.  With the free version you can compare up to three websites without even needing to have an account. Simply type the websites into the search boxes and you'll end up with a comparison about how popular these sites are as well as details about their growth.  Let's use social bookmarking as an example.  With the future of Delicious in question, let's use social bookmarking as an example tonight.  Let's compare three popular alternatives: Pearltrees (which I have posted about before), Diigo and Clipmarks (the other two will be future posts for sure). So when plugged into Compete what do we find out?

Well for one, I seem to have a bit of the Web 2.0 prophet in me. Clipmarks is actually more popular than Diigo even though Clipmarks has not been talked about much in EdTech circles.   But Pearltrees in recent months has really started taking off and is getting more visitors than the others - looks like my predictions are coming true. As you can see it's a great way to include analytics when discussing different web 2.0 utilities because you can embed the data into slides and blog posts.

Compete also has a number of other tools that you can tap into (some of them are only available in the paid version).  But I'll let you explore these on your own and let you add your comments about this fantastic site.
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