Hop aboard the next Web thing

We’re now in the middle of the third annual NY Social Media Week, five days of events and lectures open to the public citywide.

New York, aka “Silicon Alley,” is emerging as the leading home for tech start-ups, all eager to be the next Facebook or Twitter. For the first time ever, the city beat Boston in number of venture capital deals in 2010, lagging now only behind Silicon Valley.

“New York is becoming a very good place to start a tech company,” said Jeremy Fisher, a 27-year-old Carroll Gardens resident who created Dinevore.com — a personalized restaurant recommendation website.

Social Media Week introduces the work of entrepreneurs like Fisher to the world. “This is a great opportunity for companies to connect with the potential users,” he said. “And, as an Internet entrepreneur, it’s about seeing who’s doing interesting things.”

Metro’s hot list

Keep these new apps and sites on your radar, all created here in the Big Apple:

On Sunday, a trio of New Yorkers will launch Cliqueinnyc.com, an invite-only dating site that introduces you to friends of friends.

Get customized restaurant recommendations by following friends or critics.

Parents can create a private social network and find out what their kids are doing in real time, and they can set up playdates.

This networking site shows who you know and allows you to introduce friends to each other.


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