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Archive for April, 2012

This week’s Web 2.0 pattern is Software Above the Level of a Single Device, the fifth pattern of web 2.0. Software above the Level of a Single Device is about how the traditional PC is no longer the only access device to connect to the internet and applications that are only accessible from one device is no longer a problem. Many web applications fall into this pattern but the main factor to this pattern is the use of a mobile device. This pattern is important because applications that fall into this pattern inherit other patterns which make them successful such as harnessing collective intelligence and data is the next Intel inside, where we see that these applications are driven by the user adding values and the importance of the data which is being used in these applications. This pattern focuses on users moving from the PC to mobile devices which allow users to perform tasks as you would normally do in a PC.

A great example of this pattern today would be Dropbox. Dropbox was released in September 2008 and is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization and client software. Much similar to Google Docs it allows users to access and store data from any laptop or mobile device which has this application and connected to the internet. It is a free and paid service from a variety of space for storage from 2GB to 1TB, 2 GB is the introductory space for free users. The reason why drop box still allows a free option rather than a trial option was best described by the CEO Drew Houston stating that free users are still value because when they are constant users they will eventually pay for more storage after a long time using the free service. This service allows users to share files across many platforms of devices from PC’s, laptops and mobiles. The reason why Dropbox falls into the Software above the Level of a Single Device pattern is that it is accessible and compatible from multiple devices rather than only a PC and allows synchronicity between them.

Dropbox is a great example for the Software above the Level of a Single Device pattern because it applies this patterns attributes, and has successfully combined the desktop, mobile and online experience using the web. It’s ability and service provides users with this application making storing and accessing data a new online experience epically with the capability of laptops and mobile devices which makes dropbox a great example because the future is mobile. The benefits of using Dropbox is that allows access to your files from anywhere from the use of the cloud which allows you to access your data from anywhere with an internet connection.

To conclude this weeks post on Software above the Level of a Single Device, services like dropbox have changed the way we access and store data, with the use of the cloud especially and the capability with mobile devices which makes it stand out from the rest. Online services like Dropbox have allowed many users to experience a new way of accessing and storing data from mobile devices haing combined a desktop  and online experience.

References

Web 2.o

Software Above the Level of a Single Device

Drew Houston stating that free users are still value

INB(N)347 2012 Week7

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Rich User Experiences

This weeks Web 2.0 pattern is Rich User Experiences , it is the fourth pattern of web 2.0.  Rich User Experiences can be explained as a web application which enables the ability to combine the traditional computer desktop experience and  online experience. These applications that use this method  creates a great place for user interaction through the transition of the desktop interface and the online experience. Examples of web applications that fall into the pattern are Amazon, Flickr, Google docs, Google maps, YouTube and many more. What this pattern has impact on the web today is that it has made it easier for users to be able to do tasks that you would normally do the the computer desktop, in this case it can be done over the web.

An example that falls into this pattern and  will be used in this post is Google docs(Google documents).  Google docs was officially made available to Google app users on February 2007, where it is a web service which allows users to create and edit documents, also one of the featured features is to be able to collaborate in real-time with other users, plus all of this is free. Google has moved away from the desktop computer to the cloud which enables users to work away from home any where in the world with the connection to the web. In an article where Google docs has been described as a safe service for your files in a case where you computer crashes you files with still be there because of the autosave function after every action.Google docs can support a variety of file formats, where as the main formats would be the Microsoft office suite applications which are Word , Excel, and PowerPoint. This is why Google docs falls into the Rich User Experiences because it has enabled users to experience the desktop experience  on web based application therefore creating a Rich User Experience.

Google docs is a great example for the Rich User Experiences pattern because it applies this patterns attributes, and has successfully combined the desktop and online experience on the web. Offering ability to create and edit documents from any where in the world via a laptop or mobile device has made Google docs stand out with the compatibility of mobiles devices such as smartphones and tablets. The benefits of using Google docs is that it uses the cloud which allows you to access your data from anywhere with an internet connection. The ability to be able to be able to collaborate in real-time is a great function in group work, and the ability to download the file and work on it offline is a great option for people who have limited internet connection and then are able to upload it back on when finished.

To conclude this weeks post on Rich User Experiences , online experiences like Google docs have change the way how we work on the web today as it has impacted many people that use the web today. The use of the cloud has allowed users to access their data from anywhere from a laptop to a smartphone or mobile device. Web applications like Google docs that continue to find new ways to combine the desktop experience and online experience, will allows all users on the web to be able to experience a Rich User Experience on a daily basis.

References

Web 2.0

Rich User Experiences

INB(N)347 2012 Week5

Cloud Computing

Beneftis of Google docs

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