Quite honestly, for me this was one of the hardest topics to examine with among the 8 patterns of what Web 2.0 is as described by Tim O’Reilly. So what does he mean exactly by ?
As Tim O’Reilly admitted himself that “it seems that this is still one of the principles that is not properly understood, or is understood only in the most obvious sense.”
At least O’Reilly’s concept became fathomable to me when he further substantiates that “every web application is software above the level of a single device. At minimum, these applications use a client on a local computer and one or more server computers. In the case of applications like Google, the server end may consist of hundreds of thousands of machines, and, of course, the data held on those servers is gathered from literally hundreds of millions of other computers. So clearly, this is software above the level of a single device.”
When I was handed in with a Nokia E71 phone as a gift last year, I was quite happy as finally I got a phone that’s compatible to Mail for Exchange functionality as compared to my previous phones that had limited or even zero internet connectivity (so just imagine how late I was in terms of owning hi-tech gadgets compared to you).
And before I even become unfathomable myself, let me explain that a Mail for Exchange is a software that allows you to use the email, calendar, contacts (address book), and tasks (To-Do items) of your Microsoft Exchange account on your mobile phone. Now it can only get better, as through the process of synchronization I can now keep the entries on my mobile phone identical to the entries on my Windows Live Mail, or any Web-based e-mail service for that matter.
Whilst I was excited to explore my new phone last year, I surfed over to the Nokia website to check out the latest developments related to my new device—and voila! I stumbled upon a web application that makes it just practically a heartbeat interval to improve connectivity and/or battery life of my phone.
Ovi, which also means Ovi services can be used from a mobile device, computer (through Nokia Ovi Suite) or via the web at Ovi.com. Without hesitation, I right away installed the application on my E71 and as you might expect it provides me complete access to the contents of my mobile phone via the web. Consequently, I can now organize and share my photos, contact details (which are very important to me), or calendar events between my desktop PC and my handset. Needless to say, I just love the idea of also using my desktop web browser to browse those said contents from my E71– unsuspectingly identical to what O’Reilly remarks when he observes that you can control your iPod from an iMac. in the Finnish language, is the brand for Nokia’s Internet services. The
More over, just a day after my birthday this year (another gift perhaps) on the 11th of May, the Ovi Community Manager just announced that on that day forwards Ovi brings public transport directions to maps.ovi.com, along with walk and drive Directions. They are debuting the service currently for New York City, but will be covering more locations and countries in the future.
And that my friends, “opened the doors” for me and started to get me thinking why Tim O’Reilly coined such similar behavior as “software above the level of a single device” — and boy was he right!