With the applications I had and have worked on, they’re all made for ‘business.’ I had experience working with applications for schools — from activity scheduler, to school web portal, to facility scheduler, to online class registration applications. Then, next I got involved with application for human resource (HRIS). And, now I am part of a coaching application — yes, for life coach, business coach, etc. Looking at it, there is no way I can be part of some *drumroll* hot application — with the likes of myspace, facebook, youtube, and such. There is no way I can find any of the applications I worked on on techcrunch or mashable or any tech publishers, or even probably on scobleizer’s list.
But looking at it, with the ‘unpopular’ applications I got to work on, they get to be the applications that are really making a few people’s lives easier — the teachers and school staffs, the HR people and so the employees, and now the coaches. They will probably never be in the Top 40 Hit Charts like Justin Bieber, but they are the thing makes the world a better place. (Of course, facebook and twitter do contribute to the humanitarian movement. But that’s a totally different story.)
Another thing with ‘unpopular applications’ or the work-aimed applications is that, I could say, they are more tedious and difficult to build. Because, they have to be very reliable and stable. If facebook/twitter gets down, nobody’s life will be seriously miserable. But if an activities scheduler is messed up, someone might be attending an empty activity. If the HR application gets messed, someone might not get their salary and so on.
My point here is that the pop apps genre are quite saturated. If people run out of social networking ideas, it is not that painful to try niche genre of applications.