There has been a rise in rating sites on the web as another popular form of web 2.0 user participation. RateMyTeachers.com rates more than 1.2 million teachers, while RateMDs.com has rates 34,000 doctors and LawyerRatingz.com so far rates 1,300 lawyers nationwide. Of course, there are Amazon book reviews, travel reviews, et al.
Now you can rate your upcoming music favorites. Taking off from American Idol, one of the most popular programs on TV, a number of web sites are competing to be the top internet idol site as reported in the Boston Globe. There is OurStage (Let the Fans decide) and HowFamous.com. As the Globe wrote:
“The co founder of Silicon Valley's Bix even showed up at a cattle call audition for "Idol" last summer to pitch his site, handing out 15,000 fliers to the would-be Kelly Clarksons waiting in line. Three months later, his contest site, where you can vote for the best Elvis impersonation or the foxiest model, was acquired by Yahoo Inc. for an undisclosed amount.” How many other web wantabes want to be “acquired by Yahoo Inc. for an undisclosed amount.”
The web 2.0 gold rush continues with more wisdom of crowds democracy - let the fans decide. What is next? The Globe writer, Scott Kirsner is a freelancer in San Francisco who maintains a blog on entertainment and technology. web 2.0