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There are literally hundred of new Web 2.0 sites that appear every month and many of them sound interesting, but only a few actually get people excited and anxious to get their hands on the goods! Most of these sites start out in private beta, so only a few select people get to play around with them.

Here’s my list of some of the popular and most anticipated Web 2.0 sites that are still in private beta, but already have a pretty large following!

hulu Hulu is probably the one site I’ve heard the most about lately and that looks to have the most promise. Imagine being able to watch any of the most popular TV shows online for free including Heroes, Bones, 24, and the late night shows also! Plus all of the shows are in pretty good quality. It’s video on demand plus video sharing. It will also include shows from Bravo, Sci Fi, Sundance, etc
jooce Jooce (discontinued) is another very cool looking service that will help bring the desktop to the web, also called a web operating system. Basically, it’ll look just like your local desktop, but all of the processing, software installation, etc will take place on the server, thus freeing your local computer resources. As of right now, they have an IM client, file uploader, file sharing features and a few media players. Eventually, though, it will have photo editing apps, and office suite, and more! Jooce came out of private beat only couple of days ago.
adobe cocomo Adobe Cocomo is are components being developed by Adobe that will allow for real-time collaboration across web apps. If you haven’t played around with Adobe Buzzword, definitely check it out because Cocomo will add cool features to that such as real-time chat while you write documents and a shares real-time whiteboard.
lifestreams is a powerful new lifestreaming service from Germany that aggregates all of your inbound and outbound activity online and manages it in one place. Other services like this are Tumblr and FriendFeed. It’s like an RSS reader and a social network rolled into one product. As more information is gathered from your online activity, a fuller profile is created.
Xobni Xobni takes the effort out of organizing, searching, and navigating your email. It extends your IM (MSN, AIM, etc.) program and email client (Microsoft Outlook, etc.) by adding additional sidebar menu. View sender profile for each email (contact details, phone nr., social networking profiles, sent attachments, etc.), threaded conversations, extremely quick search, and more. [Video Demo]

Are you looking out for some other site to come out of private betta that you think will be even better? Go ahead and post a comment to let us know!

  1. Bryce
    December 27, 2007 at 9:05 am

    Hello Aseem,

    Bryce here - one of the co-founders of Thanks for your interest in

    I thought you might like to know that since you wrote that story, jooce has opened itself to the public - users can register freely (ie: no invitation codes required) at

    Meanwhile, some upcoming jooce developments to watch for:

    - translation into Hindi;
    - announcement of partnerships with Indian and Chinese-based internet service providers;
    - addition of applications to the platform;
    - eventual incorporation of QQ and GTalk in our IM client;
    - the development of the social networking aspect of jooce with the further refinement of the jooce public desktop.

    Happy joocing!

  2. UrStop
    December 19, 2007 at 2:00 am

    Thanks for the list, I liked jooce very much. Looks real cool.

  3. matt brezina
    December 17, 2007 at 4:45 pm

    Hey Aseem,

    We're pumped Xobni is on your list. It is really motivating to our team to hear that so many people are excited about our software. Email is such a large pain point for so many people. The feedback from our beta users suggests we have done a lot to help cure that pain.

    We are excited to open Xobni to more users soon.


  4. Mark O'Neill
    December 17, 2007 at 6:52 am

    Aibek - I registered on the Hulu site and after a couple of days I got an invite. So it was quite fast. When did you register for an invite?

    As another option, you could try if you have invites from other beta sites to barter with.

  5. USBman
    December 17, 2007 at 12:47 am

    For those of you that are still interested in viewing Hulu related media OUTSIDE of the U.S., I might suggest that you investigate the notion of using a proxy.

    Although please be advised that I think there may be legal issues with the use of proxies in various countires.

  6. Jwalant Natvarlal Soneji
    December 16, 2007 at 9:47 pm

    Hey, Please include in this list. Its great and make me feel like a programmer (Thats what I am! :D).

  7. Mark O'Neill
    December 16, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    After getting an invite for Hulu, I've discovered that the service is all but useless for people in Europe. Everything you click on returns a message that the content is "not legally available outside the United States". So if that's the case, why are they giving out invites to people in Europe?

  8. USBman
    December 16, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    While I understand the concept of PRIVATE beta, I also understand that it can be annoying.

    In regards to Hulu, there is currently a nice alternative that omits the need to try and sign up for a closed, private beta - . It offers the SAME content as Hulu, and in fact IS the same content, embedded. Originally seen at:

    • Aibek
      December 16, 2007 at 6:48 pm

      Thanks for the link, I have been trying to get Hulu invite for ages.
      But as I see now Hulu episodes are not available for folks outside US :-(.

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