It’s time for the 2006 retrospectives… Mashable – a dedicated blog for social networking – did it and chose, among other categories, the Top Social Shopping Site of 2006. Etsy (Mashable’s choice) – along with ThisNext (their readers’ choice) – won this year:
Kaboodle is probably one of the first startups that come to mind when you think of social shopping, but we decided to pick a startup that we think has been a great innovator: Etsy. Etsy doesn’t compete directly with the other contenders – it’s more like eBay than a shopping directory – but we like their “shop by color” tools, their “Time Machine” and their “GeoLocator”. That said, we’re also big fans of UK startup Crowdstorm and your choice, ThisNext. StyleFeeder is new to the scene, and has a strong offering – we think it could get traction in 2007. Likewise, ShopWiki and Hawkee get credit for creating strong products this year.
As for me, I woud have chosen ThisNext and Crowdstorm (ex aequo), who brought really good products this year and seem to have growing communities behind them.