In the last days I was reading a lot about current internet trends, movers & shakers, conepts and the hippest features. And there were two things, where I really think they are going to be a great deal in the internet during the next years.
What was very impressing to me, were the enourmous capabilities of the Facebook API, which allows developers to implement whole applications inside the facebook plattform. With currently 180 new applications per week, facebook is growing extremely fast being one of the largest communities worldwide. So probably, if I were an entrepreneur with some kind of web service offering something unique and I had a small community, I would think about opening my system towards web developers or attaching my page towards huge communities like Facebook or MySpace.
Furthermore I’m convinced that the cross-Desktop-Internet-application is also very important. So thoughts leaving the borders of the browser enables us of creating complete new applications which were impossible till now. Adobe AIR and and the Microsoft Presentation Foundation are one step towards this direction, but still not really enabling the open-source-coder-community to get started developing this kind of applications. Therefore we are waitung for the first really applicable solution to get the same application running in the browser and one the users desktop at the same time.
Although creating such a functionality at this time will probably bring lot’s of attention to your site, what still matters is the benefit for your users. From the 190 new Facebook applications per week are probably 179 complete crap and only 200 users will ever use it – just as readers read blogs. Therefore it is important, to implement something which makes handling easer, user experience greater or just leaves some funny smile back in the users face. Everything else is something the world does not need…
The third thing is “focus” – do something special, but do it best.
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