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Published 10 years ago · Last updated: May 3, 2006

CNN.com is today taking a look at the “25 startups that are reinventing the web“, but they don’t like Web 2.0. No! With all its reinvention and reinterpretation, CNN are going for another phrase… ‘Next Net’.

    We are in the early stages of what might be better thought of as the Next Net. The Next Net will encompass all digital devices, from PC to cell phone to television. Its defining characteristics include the ability to interact instantaneously with any of the more than 1 billion Web users across the globe — not by, say, instant messaging, but by evolving instant-voice-messaging and instant-video-messaging apps that will make today’s e-mail and IM seem crude.

Under categories such as Social Media, Mashup & Filters, The New Phone, The Webtop and Under The Hood there’s plenty of old heads and new heads with Amazon and Skype dubbed ‘incumbent to watch’!

Incumbent meaning that you pretty much have to watch them (thank you dictionary.com) – but to be honest, you can’t really avoid the developments at both Amazon and Skype anyway with what their doing for online life.

In no particular order and in a nice paragraph fashion, the top 25 companies to watch are…

Digg, Last.fm, Newsvine, Tagworld, YouTube, Yahoo, Bloglines, Simply Hired, Technorati, Trulia, Wink, Google, Fonality, SipPhone, Iotum, Vivox, Skype, JotSpot, 30Boxes, 37Signals, Writely (‘and writely so…), Zimbra, Microsoft, Brightcove, Jigsaw, SimpleFeed, Salesforce, Six Apart, Amazon.

To be honest I’m actually unaware of the activities of several of the afore named companies – anyone else in the same boat?

Written by Ken McGuire
Runs Event Media and The Devious Theatre Company and writes about food at Any Given Food. You'll find me on Twitter here and here.