The 4th pattern in Web 2.0 Applications? Software above the level of a single device.
I found that this was an interesting topic as within the last few years, there have been a clear growth in numbers of applications being released for more than one platform (desktop, iOS, Mac OS, Android).
As discussed in the lecture, users are collaborating more and more with other users around the world in an effort to enhance the content and seamless access of the application.
A lot of web applications were discussed this week – which makes it harder to find more examples! I’ve got 2 application that I wanted to share this week…
One … the photo sharing app, Instagram (this might be a popular blog post choice for fellow INB347’ers) Similar to Flickr, Shozu and ZipPhoto, Instagram lets you instantly capture, edit and share your photos from your iPhone, iPad and Android mobile device. Instagram seamlessly integrates with Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr – all in the one app.
Instagram has become such a popular app as it has created another community. Users are able to follow each other and receive real time feeds on uploaded photos. Even though Instagram connects perfectly with Facebook and other social media applications, Instagram has definitely made a mark of its own. It has become so popular that it’s now even the new corporate social media tool – with many businesses jumping on the bandwagon.
The second app I am extremely fond of and wanted to share is the application called Evernote. Evernote is an application in which you save ‘notes’. These notes can be absolutely anything – from ideas, things you like, hear, see, draw etc. It’s basically a virtual notepad, and although it doesn’t seem as flash as all the other applications out there, it truly is one of my favourites and definitely most used.
The best thing about Evernote is that it is compatible with pretty much EVERY computer, phone and mobile device. To use Evernote, you will have to create and account and download and install their program/application onto your device – but that’s when it becomes really handy.
Evernote is a great example of the Best Practice rule – ‘Enable data location independence‘.
For each device that has Evernote installed, you are able to seamlessly access your Evernote ‘notepad’ and sync any updated information. This means that what ever changes you make on one device, will be shown all your devices. I have used this plenty of times – making quick notes on my laptop and then refining and maybe organising on my desktop. If you haven’t already, you should definitely give it a go!
Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps. | Evernote. 2012. Remember everything with Evernote, Skitch and our other great apps. | Evernote. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.evernote.com/. [Accessed 20 April 2012].
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