Web 2.0

Cherizza Almario

Innovation in Assembly

As discussed, Innovation in Assembly involves a web application which combines certain functions of other applications, in order to provide a better or completely new service.

A main advantage which I think helps make these new web applications successful is efficiency and/or productivity. For example, on an every day basis, a user will spend their morning checking their email, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, blog and the list may go on. When they do this routine, they’re probably faced with opening multiple tabs on their browser and generally multi-tasking/hopping around each site. A new innovation, however, may aggregate all this information and display it all into one web application – making it a lot more convenient.

An example application that I like to use (and I’m sure there’s many around) is a bookmarking application called Bloglovin’.

 

 
As stated on their website, all you have to do is …

“Sign up, add all the blogs you want to follow, and then you’ll get notified every time one of your favorite blogs has written a new blog post. Both on the web and on your iPhone or Android phone.”

Basically, you create a Bloglovin’ account to access your own main page. From here, you can simply add website/blog URL’s to your ‘collection’. Your home page will then be filled with newly updated posts from your ‘favourite’ blogs – shown in order of date posted.

You can include blogs from all platforms, whether it be WordPress or Blogger. Bloglovin’ recognises new posts and simply spits it out onto your list – just like how the Facebook ‘news feed’ functions.

Although bookmarking web applications aren’t completely new to us all, there has been a definite uprise. People are wanting more and more of ‘one-stop shops’, that it’s definitely helping to feed this pattern.

REFERENCES

Bloglovin. What is Bloglovin’?. http://www.bloglovin.com/en/what-is-bloglovin.

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9 comments on “Innovation in Assembly

  1. Elizabeth Gorsuch
    March 24, 2012

    A mash-up of blogs is a good idea! With all the content out there on multiple sites, need a central place to access all the information conveniently. Good example of innovation in assembly, as they would have to access the data/content from other sites to display to bloglovin users. This would involve using multiple API’s.

  2. Vivien Novak
    March 26, 2012

    As the web grows exponentially bigger and more complex, making it more and more difficult for the individual to find the content she is looking for, services that aggregate and filter information through Web APIs and then present them to the user in an unique way are starting to play an increasingly important role. Bloglovin’ is an excellent example of such a service that displays information in a streamlined fashion according to the user’s preferences. One cannot help but the notice the striking similarities to simple syndicated web feeds though. What do you reckon are the main motivating factors from the user’s perspective to choose Bloglovin’ over a regular RSS feed?

    • cherizza.almario
      March 26, 2012

      I know web feed services are very common, but for me it’s pretty much just the interface that I like about Bloglovin’. I like how it’s still image based in some way

  3. Wei-Hsan Chien
    March 26, 2012

    Thanks for sharing information about bloglovin’ which is a really convenient tool for integrating blog together. I’ve used similar services like this, however, I think there are few problems that this technology will overcome. Firstly, privacy is probably one of the biggest problem for many web application, since users are giving personal information to a third party system which they have no control over. Secondly, although it offers integration over different systems, it also takes away functions that the original systems might have offered.

    • cherizza.almario
      March 26, 2012

      I agree that privacy has always been a main concern with web based applications – but honestly, people by now should know that when you’re doing something online, your details/info is not guaranteed privacy.

      And yes, it may rid some functions that original source may have, but for people like me who just like to click and read (without liking, commenting etc)…it works a treat 🙂

  4. subinkim
    March 26, 2012

    Hello, Cherizza.
    Actually, I really hope that somebody create the website which can include whole things I need by my choice. If a website includes everything which users often use, users can save their time and conveniently use all services only using the website. Moreover, because it’s easy to access all services, people might use those services more frequently. From this point of view, the idea which is to combine functions of other applications offers excellent potential. I just clearly realized the reason why this is called ‘innovation’ through your post. Thanks for a good post 🙂
    I have never used this site, but it looks interesting.

    • cherizza.almario
      March 26, 2012

      It would be awesome if there was such a service that integrated absolutely everything! There might be something in the future…

    • cherizza.almario
      March 26, 2012

      It would be awesome if there was such an application that did everything! Who know what’s in store in the future!

  5. Court
    March 28, 2012

    While I agree Innovation in Assembly may involve a web application re-purposed or utilised to create a new service, I think there’s more to it than that. It also involves the development community, a harnessed collective intelligence dedicated towards the implementation and integration of the web application. To me, Bloglovin’ seems more like a result of Innovation in Assembly, rather than the actual application of it. Perhaps some blogging websites who released their API allowed the creation of Bloglovin’ to be possible?

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