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Innovation in Assembly

This weeks Web 2.0 pattern is Innovation in Assembly the third pattern of web 2.0. Innovation in Assembly is a way of using a platform via gathering sources from multiple services and transforming it into one platform service for users on the web. These services attract users due to the innovation behind the service and the accessibility of these services. Some examples of these types of services include Amazon ,eBay, Google, Flickr where they are made out of  an application programming interface (API) powered from a web service. This method Makes these web applications and services, a online database.

An example that falls into this pattern is Yahoo Pipes, Launched in February 2007 it’s purpose is a powerful composition tool to aggregate, manipulate, and mashup content from around the web allowing users to create web applications from various sources with a final result with a personalized  feeds plus its free. In an article where yahoo was descried as ” making this whole business cool again, by changing the rules of the game” this is talking about a how they have used the traditional database structure and have been able to make them into a web page and RSS feed etc, the majority of Yahoo pipes sources come from Yahoo search and Local, fetch (RSS), Google base and Flickr. The main reason why Yahoo pipes falls into the Innovation in Assembly  pattern is that it gathers and relies on other sources as their platform

Yahoo Pipes  is a great example of the Innovation in Assembly pattern because it uses web API services which allows the user to combine multiple services and sources to create a new application known as a mashup. The benefits of using Yahoo pipes and other web 2.0 applications that have the Innovation in Assembly attributes, is that it will continue to grow because these platforms rely on  gathering the right information into the service from multiple services allowing them to provide users a service where they have control on what they want.

To conclude on this weeks pattern blog on Innovation in Assembly, web services like Yahoo pipes and others are leading the way in this area of Web 2.0 as they continue to strive from the use from open API services. These types of services   have provided many opportunities for users be able to to use their services without the hassle of searching all around the web instead users can find things more easier using these types of web services.

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Web 2.0

Innovation in Assembly

Yahoo pipes

INB(N)347 2012 Week4

Yahoo pipes web database

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This weeks Web 2.0 post is the second of the eight core patterns of Web 2.0. This weeks pattern is ‘Data is the Next Intel Inside’, where data is the core to the web 2.0 applications out there. The web and the amount of applications that are available online to users is tremendous, but what makes these applications successful is from how they use the data.The way web 2.0 applications use their data is vital to their organization, structuring it so that it can maintain users, privacy and profits.Great examples of Web 2.0 applications that apply these methods is Google, Amazon, eBay, YouTube and Wikipedia plus many more.These applications may not be from the same areas in the web but the way how their data is used makes them stand out the most.

One of the examples that will be discussed is YouTube, it was launched in 2005 and is a video hosting service. It allows users to upload view and share videos, this can be done via email or social networks.YouTube allows users to connect globally from its distribution platform. It also ties into last weeks post ‘Harnessing collective Intelligence‘ where it’s success relies on the contribution, and participation of its users.Being part of this community is easy just search for a video watch it and you become hit to the video or you can choose to upload your own videos and start you own community..YouTube grows daily due the the data the users add every second.YouTube has evolved since 2005 the capabilities it has with the use of mobiles devices had made it much easier and entertaining.

The main reason why YouTube is part of this pattern is because of its data is what it keeps it alive. The ability to upload view and share videos is what makes it popular by online users worldwide.The majority of users are the viewers which contribute to the number views on a video. People who decide to create a account would do it so they can upload videos or comment on others videos. The data in this case is the videos, which are uploaded globally for all to see unless the uploader decides to make the video private for users who have the link who can watch it or you are under-age, this is because the content may vary from many categories. The benefits of YouTube is that  allows users to control their data so that they are confident that they are using the right application for there data.

One of the main reasons why YouTube is known for it’s data is that is can spread viral in a mater of seconds.It is the reason why many people become famous from their videos. The top 10 YouTube videos of all time consists mainly music videos and only one non-music video coming in number 6 which is Charlie bit my finger – again ! and the number one Justin Bieber – Baby ft. Ludacris. It is the amount of views and how it spreads is what makes the data valuable. The ability of users to share these videos is what makes YouTube stand out from the rest,also the ability to use mobile devices and social networking applications makes it more accessible everyday.

To conclude this weeks topic the ability of web2.0 applications and how they control and manage their data will show how they stand out from the rest. As discussed the ability for users to control the data is key to growth. As they are able to contribute to the online community. Not only users  are part of the community they are the reason why people get recognized world wide (example video below if interested). By having methods in which your data can be accessed and shared by users is what keeps web 2.0 applications alive.The relationship between users and data determines if the if the application will succeed or fail.

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Web 2.0

Data is the Next Intel Inside

INB(N)347 2012 Week3

Welcome to YouTube

The top 10 YouTube

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Web 2.0 is made up of eight core Patterns. Each week I will be posting examples from each core pattern. This post will be about ‘Harnessing collective Intelligence’, what is this? Harnessing collective Intelligence is where web applications are driven by the users where they are able to add data to the application, therefor adding value to the application. Meaning that Harnessing collective Intelligence is where web applications grow from the input from users on the web.  The benefit of this pattern is that enables applications to grow in size from the users collaborative input.

An example of a Web 2.0 application which falls under the Harnessing collective Intelligence pattern is Wikia.com, it was launched in 2004 it is a collaborative publishing platform the enables people around the world to discover, create and share content on any topic that they are passionate about. Do not be confused with Wikipedia, where they fall in the same web 2.0 patterns. Wikia to date has over 200,000 wikis sites made by users who collaborate in a wide range of areas from Movies, TV Shows, Video games, food, fashion and current events. Starting a wiki can take 1 minute to start up and also allows users to customise it with customised themes activities and badges. Users can then watch as their content and community grows. The video below explains all about wikia in 80 seconds.

The reasons why wikia is part of this pattern is that the application grows from its users who contribute to the website and community on a daily basis creating or adding new information. Wikias mission is to allow everyone to contribute to a collaborative publishing platform where everyone can share their passion and knowledge on areas which may not be known to others, allowing users to unleash their inner expert. The use of wiki technology allows them to develop and implement useful tools for their users which enable the members of the communities to reach the full potential of the wiki platform.

In an article where Wikia stated that it grew 42% in the last year to 47.6 million global unique visitors proving that it is part of the Harnessing collective Intelligence pattern where the rate of users have grown. Craig Palmer the CEO of Wikia explains that “Our readers get siloed,” “People don’t know the brand except for those who edit.” And the editors are a small minority. Just as Palmer said Wikia may not be a known brand to the people who read it but the more users who are exposed to Wikia it will be expected more growth in years to come.

http://video.allthingsd.com/video/wikia-new-leaders-pitch-collaborative-media/CD8599F4-A667-43E0-88FE-4EB36F35ED25

Users are the main factor to the growth of web 2.0 applications, as you can see wikia has grown 42% in the past year from the participation of it users and the communities that have been created on a daily basis. Harnessing collective Intelligence relies on the users active participation where they can create content start a community on the web, with these actions available it add values and creates opportunities to users on the web.

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Hello world!

This is my first ever blog post, this blog is for educational purposes where I will be posting  about Web 2.0 and the eight core patterns of web 2.0. Each week i will be  identifying eight web 2.0 applications and evaluate each against a set of assessment criteria corresponding to the Web 2.0 pattern discussed in the INB347 Lectures at QUT Garden Point campus. What i want to take out of this unit is to understand Web 2.0 thoroughly so i can use it in my daily life taking in the advantages that many web 2.0 applications offer to us as users of the World Wide Web.

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