Sunday, March 8, 2009


Web 2.0 complemented with Social networking has been responsible for a plethora of web applications of unique nature in the near past. Various frameworks, technologies and protocols have emerged to support this trend. Even the server technologies are emerging to support the movement (e.g. by solving the scalability issue with cloud computing).

Some applications are so dense in terms of user base and features that they didn't care about collaborating with others. On the other hand, the small ones (web applications) emerge with some unique idea needing the larger apps to support them and share their user base. However recently the larger apps are becoming less self-centered in providing this connectivity (loose coupling :)).

Open standards like OAuth, OpenID etc. have paved way in this direction by enabling inter-operation among web applications an established technology rather than an idea pursued differently by different apps. Still the implementations vary depending on the nature of apps.

All of this comes down to USER POWER, where the user is given precedence over the applications. User's profile, image, credibility is carried over from application to application spanning a network of user-app with a two-way directed graph. Combine this user-app set with your browser and you are ready to get a smooth experience resulting in YOU seamlessly using applications throughout the world connected via internet, be it services, social networks, email, forums, blogs, business apps or your own creation.

My proposal is for the already-too-powerful browsers to become more powerful and play a central role in this connectivity business. Like tabbed browsing was an automatic step in aiding this experience by sharing/saving the session throughout the tabs (I'm not sure about Chrome's processes though). If the browsers are responsible for implementing the open standards then all the web apps need to do is suppor the standard. What browsers have been doing for CSS, HTML, AJAX, Javascript, SVG etc. they can do the same for this central connectivity concept, after all they have been termed as the modern OS.

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