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The 100 Most Popular Web 2.0 Sites From Germany

My first post here at blognation Germany back in July was a list of 50 Popular Sites From Germany. In the 5 months since about 500 new sites – on average 3.5 each day – have launched, with the end of the year approaching perfect time for an update. Without further adoo here is the list of the 100 most popular sites from Germany right now:

pageflakes (7129) – a start page and personal news aggregator
mindmeister (5679) – lets you create, manage and share mind maps online
ultimate-flash-face (4196) – fun site which lets you assemble faces via a minimalistic interface
websnapr (2318) – lets you capture screenshots of web pages or provide (slightly annoying) hyperlink target thumbnails
favicon.cc (2199) – create and share favicons
amberjack (2112) – lets you easily create site tours of your website
mypictr (2025) – a picture resizing service (e.g. to to create a custom profile avatar for social networks)
musicmesh (1770) – aggregates music videos from YouTube in an interesting way
studiverzeichnis (1653) – Germany’s largest social network for students and was largely inspired by Facebook. Earlier this year it was acquired by Holtzbrinck for an estimated 80 million euros.
pixer.us (1621) – edit your photos online using only your browser
popuri.us (1560) – check the link popularity of any site based on its ranking, social bookmarks, subscribers and more
logo-creatr (1455) – lets you instantly create Web 2.0 compliant logos
xing (1278) – a popular social network for business professionals. Xing went public in December 2006.
spreadshirt (1014) – lets you design and sell your own T Shirts (and accessories.)
map24 (994) – provides various map services, was acquired recently by Navteq
chefkoch (904) – a food and recipes community
fotocommunity (852) – online community for photography
mister-wong (786) – Germany’s most popular social bookmarking service
seitwert (729) – calculates the popularity of your site at various search engines
plazes (675) – detects your location and connects you to people and places nearby
photocase (606) – a community for photographers
podcast (543) – a podcasting portal
myvideo (532) – a video sharing site. This one belongs to the Pro7/Sat1 Group
qype (521) – a community which enables anyone to search for & review service providers, businesses and public places.
mnemomap (520) – an experimental search engine
anymails (512) – an experimental visualization of emails
iliketotallyloveit (486) – a digg-style aggregator for cool, hot, beautiful stuff, preferable with a link where it may be bought
fotolia (468) – a stock photography site
holidaycheck (462) – a platform for hotel and trip reviews with a social twist
mabber (396) – a web based instant messenger
favoor (395) – a start page which lets you organize your feeds, bookmarks and notes
teamslide (386) – lets you give online presentations
yigg (384) – a popular digg-style aggregator
jimdo /364) – lets you easily create web pages
clipfish (327) – a video sharing site. Clipfish belongs to the RTL Group
mite (324) – a beautiful tool for managing your time
playmygame (321) – lets you create your own personalized games
a-better-tomorrow (278) – Design Contests + Streetwear + Community
piqs (269) – a photo sharing site
noserub (248) – a decentralized social network
visualorgasm (239) – a design community
hitflip (236) – lets you swap your DVDs, CDs, books, and games
sevenload (201) – another popular photo and video sharing site
kochpiraten (201) – a recipes wiki with social features
edelight (195) – a social shopping site with focus on gifts
snapmania (195) – an online photo manager
dawanda (192) – marketplace and community for handmade goods
webnews (192) – a digg-style aggregator
lokalisten (186) – a social network
amiando (184) – lets you plan events and manage invitations. You also can open a shop and sell tickets for your events
mydays (164) – a community about wishes
folkd (163) – a Firefox extension which enriches your browsing experience in multiple ways
yasni (163) – a people search engine
brainr (160) – a tool for social brainstorming
dealjaeger (151) – a social shopping site which lets its members hunt for deals
spreed (151) – a service for web based conferencing
verwandt (147) – lets you create your family tree and stay in contact with your relatives
gutefrage (147) – a knowledge community / Q&A site
meinprof (147) – lets you rate your college and teachers
kindo (144) – also lets you create your family tree and stay in contact with your relatives
sudokular (143) – a sudoku community
loudblog (142) – lets you easily host podcasts
2video (138) – lets you download videos from many video sites
weblin (137) – lets you create an avatar and chat with people visiting the same website
stayfriends (134) – search engine and community for finding and staying in touch with former friends
dopcast (134) – a community for pod- and vidcasters
rivva (133) – a minimalistic but fantastic memetracker
knuddels (133) – chat rooms on various topics
zpeech (132) – lets you comment any website on the website itself
schuelervz (132) – a social network for kids and high school students
linklift (123) – marketplace for selling text link ads
familyone (120) – photo and video sharing site for families
aka-aki (118) – a mobile social network, currently in private beta
feedbuddy (116) – lets you find people with similar interests based on common subscribed feeds
trigami (116) – marketplace for paid reviews
kwick (111) – a social network
jogmap (107) – lets runners add and discuss maps
25peeps (106) – a fun tool to promote your blog
doktus (105) – share documents
faroo (104) – a distributed peer-to-peer search engine
ostube (103) – media CMS which lets you run your own youtube-style community
experteer (103) – a platform for jobs
utopia (102) – a portal for a green lifestyle
mindpicnic (100) – a user driven e-learning site
lovelybooks (98) – a community for book lovers
icio.de (96) – a social bookmarking site
globalzoo (93) – a travel community
kinkaa (91) – a travel search engine
schutzgeld (87) – a woot-style site, by invitation only
atoolo (86) – a web desktop
tripsbytips (86) – another travel community
projektwerk (86) – a platform for jobs in IT and media
reliwa (86) – community for people interested in books and music
blauarbeit (86) – marketplace for services
mygoya (84) – a webdesktop
sprachnudel (83) – a community about words and language
imagelooop (81) – lets you create slideshows and widgets from your photos
yumondo (79) – site for urban stylesharing
bookya (78) – marketplace for students for selling books
invyte (77) – lets you organize events and manage invitations

This list is based on counting the number of bookmarks of about 1,000 services from Germany we are aware of at the bookmarking service del.icio.us. While it is hard to find significant metrics for measuring the popularity of sites, it’s even harder to access reliable data for any metric for all sites. Going with del.icio.us is straightforward, but not necessarily an indicator for a large number of active users, traffic or economic potential.

Sites which are available in English do have a competitive advantage at del.icio.us compared to sites which are in German only. Sites which have been around for a while have an advantage compared to services which launched this year or a few weeks ago. A few of the most popular sites in this list are useful and focused but rather smallish tools which attracted a lot of bookmarks because they made it on del.icio.us’ hotlist. The list misses a few popular or interesting services, but overall the heuristics works fine.

On a sidenote: there must be some secret Kool-Aid construktiv GmbH is drinking since they have 5 services in the top 20 (websnapr, mypictr, pixer.us, popuri.us and their flagship Mister Wong.)

(This article originally was written for blognation Germany. Since blognation is gone I have reposted it here)