Friday, 31 October 2008

Web 2.0 desktop - continued

In my previous posting I have indicated the necessity to develop a Web 2.0 desktop. Whilst doing this, I discovered that there are various activities taking place in this direction. To name a few: eyeOS, gOS and Mozilla Firefox Ubiquity.
eyeOs offers a desktop for social computing. You can install various social computing applications like YouTube, LinkedIn and others on your desktop and access them easy. gOS is similar.
Ubiquity is yet different. It provides a command line interface in your browser with a number of predefined commands. These commands are related to the sites that you would like to access, e.g. your Google Mail, Wikipedia and eBay. Still, it is also possible to add other commands yourselves.
I use scribefire to maintain this blog. It runs as a plug in for Firefox and is probably easier to use than the command line interface. Let us see in which directions these developments move. To be continued.

Monday, 27 October 2008

Web 2.0 desktop

These days, a lot of people discuss Web 2.0. As it is stated, it will influence our daily working. Government for instance can be make use of Web 2.0 to activate co-creation of policy with citizens.
A lot of these initiatives are really including blogs like this, discussion groups, contacts and their activities, and so on. As an everyday person, Joe the plumber, I am also involved in those activities, hence this blog. However, it becomes fairly difficult to integrate those activities in your daily work. A new approach will be required, focusing on an individual. A personal Web 2.0 desktop is required.

How to achieve such a Web 2.0 desktop? One of its very first requirements is that is easy to program. It has to be programmable like 'Lego Mindstorm' as someone in Sweden informed me. This brings us to the basic features of such a desktop. These are for instance:
  • managing your profile in various communities.
  • managing contacts across different communities based on different interests, e.g. personal, hobbies, work, etc.
  • publishing of information to existing sites like Flickr, Youtube, music, Twitter, Hyvess, and others, including your blog. Similar like this, that I have constructed using ScribeFire.
  • accessing information from various sites based on feeds and other mechanisms like search. Search should access the sites that you are interested in, e.g. Flickr, Youtube, etc.
  • communicating with various persons and groups, e.g. chatting, scribbling, email, discussions, and so on.
Possibly one could think of more functions of such a Web 2.0 desktop. This desktop should also run on mobile devices with their particular OS, like for instance the OS of the Apple Iphone/Itouch. If we are really able to integrate these functions on the future desktop, we achieve a new means of working. Development all depends on the existence of programming interfaces of suppliers of Web 2.0 functionality. If these exist, technical details can be hidden and an easy programmable platform can be made.