With January almost over now and conferences like Mobile World Congress and
CTIA upon us, here is a thought: In the age of Mobile applications, will 2011
be the year of the Mobile Web apps In this article, we outline the reasons
why it will be and welcome your comments.
Some initial terminology,
We refer to apps on specific technologies like iPhone, Android, Blackberry as
native apps and we call apps using web technologies as ‘Web apps’ (more
on this below) By Mobile Web, we also include widgets – not just browsing.
By Web technologies, we mean w3c technologies but more importantly for our
discussion, there are a set of emerging web technologies on the horizon such
as – CSS2.1, CSS3, SVG Filters, Ogg Vorbis, Ogg Theora, Native JSON,
MathML, Animated Portable Network Graphics (APNG), Cross-Site XMLHttpRequest,
Microformats, Web Worker Threads (source Mozilla)
Native ... (more)
This is a series of three articles – the first (this one) outlining the
significance of Web 2.0 technologies, the second article discussing the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on mobility and the final article on the
impact of Web 2.0 technologies on digital convergence.
If you are already familiar with Web 2.0, my goal, in a nutshell (no pun
intended!) is to extend Tim O Reilly’s seven principles to mobility and
Thus, I will not attempt to add to the body of knowledge in terms of basic
Web 2.0 concepts themselves. I would rather prefer to build on some of the... (more)
I see Web 2.0 as the Intelligent web or ‘Harnessing Collective
Intelligence.' Mobile Web 2.0 extends the principle of 'Harnessing Collective
Intelligence' to restricted devices. The seemingly simple idea of extending
Web 2.0 to mobile Web 2.0 has many facets, for instance:
a) What is a restricted device?
b) What are the implications of extending the web to restricted devices?
c) As devices become creators and not mere consumers of information –
what categories of intelligence can be captured/harnessed from restricted
d) What is the impact for services as devices... (more)
Following my article about "Mobile Web 2.0," I wanted to find a
blueprint/case study of a Mobile Web 2.0 service.
This follow-up article is a bit of a gedankenexperiment – but I have
drawn on the excellent work being done by Dr Marc Davis and his team at the
Garage cinema research at the University of California (Berkeley).
The service I am considering here is a ‘mobile’ version of a
combination of del.icio.us and flickr
As you probably know, both del.icio.us and flickr are based on tags. However,
note that in a mobile context, a ‘tag’ would have a d... (more)
Since I have an interest in Mobile Web 2.0 (and by extension with Web 2.0 in
general), I get some interesting reactions from people. Everyone has a view
on Web 2.0 - it's almost getting to the stage that we can't discuss religion,
politics AND Web 2.0! Anyway, here are two recent incidents...p>
A person who I met a few weeks ago insisted that web 2.0 is
‘community’. My point was – yes – it has some
community features – but no it’s not ONLY about community. See my
blog and Tim o Reilly’s original seven points and Dion
Hinchcliffe’s p... (more)