Web 2.0 Expo: Zude, A Web service so popular, it’s getting reengineered

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Jim McNiel, CEO, and Steve Repetti, CTO of Fifth Generation Systems, dropped by my table at the Web 2.0 Expo to show off a very cool Web site tool called Zude. It was the coolest thing I saw at the Expo. Problem is, it is too cool — when they tried to release a beta they saw far more traffic than they were expecting. So the launch has been delayed as they reengineer their service. In either case it’s interesting to see what they were attempting to do.

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9 Responses to “Web 2.0 Expo: Zude, A Web service so popular, it’s getting reengineered”

  1. See ya at Katz at noon « Scobleizer Says:

    […] Speaking of events, there’s a ton of videos from when I was at the Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco up on ScobleShow.com. My favorite of those videos? Zude. One problem, though. They didn’t think their service was going to be that popular. They went into beta one day and promptly got overloaded. If you watch the video you’ll see I was very excited about it and knew it’d be a hit (it was the coolest thing I saw at the Web 2.0 Expo). […]

  2. jamman Says:

    Excellent product … any word on when they will release again?

  3. Melltt Says:

    Zude rocks ! Can’t wait to try.

  4. Jim Turner Says:

    How well is it indexed via search?

  5. Robert Scoble Says:

    Here’s a note about Zude:


    Thank you so much for such an amazing introduction for Zude. in many ways your comment of 400k users was prescient. Since May 2 we have increased our simulated user load to 10 million users, We have been running nasty misbehaved scripts to simulate nasty misbehaved users. Beginning next week will be inviting our early beta users to come in to a newly hardened Zude environment. I hope you will be one of them. Welcome to New York!

    Jim 5g

  6. Parag Mathur Says:


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  7. » Beta 2.0 of new AOL user interface: We’re not like Yahoo (and you can ’snag’ some elements) | Berlind’s Testbed | ZDNet.com Says:

    […] Incidentally, if AOL is looking to harness the Web’s social phenomenon and modularity and it wants to be entirely different from Yahoo (while be able to walk the circles of a MySpace or a FaceBook…. two properties it probably wishes it had acquired), then it should probably make a move on Fifth Generation Systems and it’s ultra-cool Zude.com (my video coverage of Zude here, Scoble’s coverage where he says it’s the coolest thing he saw at Web 2.o is here). Zude’s willingness to allow componentry from any site onto it’s pages is probably what’s driving normally restrictive sites like MySpace to allow componentry that it didn’t allow before. But what those sites don’t have is Zude’s drag and drop user interface. If AOL wants the grooviness of a MySpace or a FaceBook and it really wants to be different from Yahoo, then it doesn’t have to look any further than Zude. […]

  8. » Will the real ‘Switzerland’ of the Social Web please stand-up | Berlind’s Testbed | ZDNet.com Says:

    […] So, what was the old “Switzerland”?  (the people of Switzerland must hate this metaphor by now) .  Last month, Scoble posted a video of a demonstration of Zude.com that he recorded while at the Web 2.0 Conference and at 20:35 into the video, Fifth Generation Systems CEO Jim McNiel (parent to Zude) asks Scoble if he’d seen my coverage where I referred to Zude as the Switzerland of the social Web: JM: Do you know Dave Berlind […]

  9. Zude Super Review: Internet Revolution? 6 Experts Weigh In and a Grownup-Kid Thinks - Liz Strauss at Successful Blog - Thinking, writing, business ideas . . . You’re only a stranger once. Says:

    […] “McNiel, CEO, and Steve Repetti, CTO of Fifth Generation Systems, “dropped by my table at the Web 2.0 Expo to show off a very cool Web site tool called Zude. It was the coolest thing I saw at the Expo. –Robert Scoble, May 16, 2007 (check out the video […]

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