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Wakoopa's First "The State of Apps" Report

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Since its inception, wakoopa has logged over 525 million hours of software usage data from 75,000 members and 200,000 applications.

Wakoopa users, have also shared more than 3 million application recommendations to date.

The site has released their first report on usage trends in desktop software and web applications, covering the first quarter of 2009. Since wakoopa users are considered early technology adopters by nature, this data is being regarded as an important marker for future trends.

And with the recent release of their Linux tracker, things should be even more interesting, in future reports.
Additional info & insight into their report:

Giga Om

One important thing to remember when looking at this information is the fact that it's 'geek slanted', i.e. most of the people using Wakoopa would classify themselves as geeks/early adopters.  After all is Joe Computer User going to go to Wakoopa and install it on his Wal-Mart PC?  I don't think so...

I think you may have missed the point. Who cares what Joe Computer user will be running today? Wouldn't you like to have a crystal ball that can see what he will be running in about 2-3 years from now?

This is the data that predicts what is the next big thing, and what is on its way out the door.

The fact that Joe Computer User won't install wakoopa on his Wal-Mart PC is a good thing. The data they are collecting today can be a pretty good predictor of what Joe Computer User will and won't be using in about 2-3 years.

Remember something, it's not the idea that Joe Computer User will be using this service, it's the idea that what the wakoopa users (the trend setting early adopters) are flocking to today, will be what he will be using tomorrow.

And what they are moving away from today, he will be moving away from tomorrow.

It's not the wakoopa tracker that is important, it is what and who it's tracking.

For instance, if 25% of wakoopa users use Twitter and the number is growing, it's safe to say that twitter usage will continue to rise for awhile. But there is another stat that's important, and that most of wakoopa's twitter users use the service through desktop apps, which means Twitter's business model better put it's hope in something other than ads on their site, if they want to survive. And knowing that, if they do decide to go with ad banners, advertisers should know that a great chunk of Twitter's userbase will never see them.

I don't think that's really missing the point.  Just because twitter is in use today doesn't mean that twitter will even be in use 5 years from now, even if the cutting edge users are using it.  Look at the linked articles- they are referring to them as trends and things that microsoft should be very concerned about.  The bleeding edge has never formed an indicator of what the mainstream trends will be as far as computer use is concerned other than in very basic categories IMO, and I think that trends show this to be true in a general use case.  In hardware such an argument that you pose does hold true- in software not so much, I don't think.

Interesting article but something else bothers me: is Wakoopa tool working on PC all of the time? Does it report loaded software continuously?

For me it is very strange that in times of spyware fighting, ads and cookies blocking, there are 75k members who allows themselves to be "tracked" willingly in the meaning of "socialising"? Come on!

I know I have nothing against making a list of software I use or even running some logging system and update it to server later but having "tracker" in background as long as I use my PC sounds fishy. I know I might be paranoid here but it's at least users' hypocrisy from my point of view.

PS. I wonder how many users have something like "crack.exe" in their stats :D


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