Digital convergence is a much-maligned concept. Mention Digital convergence,
and it conjures up images of the intelligent fridge : a concept most people
think they have no need for!
But Digital convergence is an idea whose dawn is near.
There is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by digital
convergence. When people talk of Digital convergence, they could actually
mean different things:
a) Co-mingled bits : The original definition of Digital convergence as
outlined in Nicholas Negroponte’s 1995 book Being Digital
b) Device convergence: One device to rule them all! Think the iphone (A
combination of the iPod and the mobile phone), Nokia N-gage etc etc.
c) Fixed to mobile convergence: A relatively new, telecoms specific area
which is a part of a much broader concept called ‘seamless
d) Devices being able to speak to each other and ... (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)
Recently, Opera announced the availability of AJAX on mobile devices through
their browser. Considering the popularity of Opera in the browser market
(especially in the mobile browser market), this announcement is indeed very
significant. Having been involved in creating mobile services for a few years
now, I believe AJAX will replace both Java ME and XHTML as the platform of
choice for developing mobile applications.
Before I do so, a caveat – I believe that Mobile Web 2.0 is far more
than ‘AJAX on mobile’. Mobile Web 2.0 involves applying all seven
of the Web ... (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)