Rich User Experience of Web 2.0

Hey guys, welcome back to another post of the web 2.0. Just a refresher from last week, I spoke about the Application Programming Interface and with it a few examples such as Google Maps were demonstrated. This week I will write about another core pattern called the Rich User Experience based on Tim O’ Reilly’s description of What is Web 2.0.

Rich User experiences can be felt in so many places and situations for which a user can attain a rich and satisfying user experience. In web 2.0 however, rich user experiences are copied from the chain of traditional desktop features and a web based environment. From the recent blossom of features in websites that are visited by users, these web sites provide a very similar level of interaction and abilities on traditional desktop computing. To allow these features to take place, the use of languages such as HTML 5 and AJAX are key to make these web applications perform tasks that are genuinely found in some desktop machines. There are plenty of web applications with a rich user experience that a lot of us use everyday such as Google Docs, Google Earth and YouTube. I will discuss the rich user experience of You Tube later in this post.

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Now YouTube uses an online community that is usually driven by sharing and collaboration. Through YouTube, plenty of fantastic features are provided to all users such as not having to waste time to see a worthwhile return in term of experience. YouTube now essentially provides feature to users in particular to amateur film producers/animators to simply just jump on and create an animated video in few minutes using application extension such as Moviemaker or  One True Media. Due to the fact that plenty of videos get uploaded on YouTube are from devices that are not really capable of high quality recording offers an online movie editor that are capable of of correcting the colour of the video as well as stabilise the shakes on the camera.  Thus this is how YouTube provides a rich user experience to all the user.

 

Innovation in assembly

Living in a world that is grows rapidly, its not complicated to understand that the world wide web develops quickly too. Nowadays, many large technology companies allow organisation and personal users the opportunity to personalize their own websites and contribute to other third party websites like never before. This concept is known as Innovation in assembly.The concept of Innovation in Assembly is a core pattern of contributions from outside by which organizations are able to develop new and innovative ideas through customizing or constructing upon pre-existing ideas.

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The crucial benefit that stands out from this strategic platform is that it allows businesses and other users to have a more thorough perception of how services are utilized and adhere to other applications with ease through API. API or also known as Application Programming Interface is a process that is used to permit other developers to practice the data and codes from one application to another.

 

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An example of a service that use these API’s is Google Maps. Google maps is a mapping service application provided my Google and it delivers plenty of map-based services and maps embedded on other websites through the Google Maps API. The Google Maps API provides it web service as an interface to request API data to external services which can be used for your own developed application. The Google Application interface can calculate bearings between locations, and hence these services designed to be applied in conjunction with a map. Through the use of Google Directions API, one can search for directions in various modes of estimate travel time as well as estimate time arrival in several paths.

Well, thats all from me today guy, dont forget to follow me and keep up to date with my posts on Web 2.0. Till next time 🙂

Building Successful Online Communities

Online Communities are the most popular destinations over the Internet however not all online communities are successful.  Sites such as MySpace, EBay, Youtube, Wikipedia and Facebook render information created by external users to demonstrate enormously large and varied social spaces, marketplaces and repositories of information. For example, Amazon relies on user reviews, lists, ratings and tags to improve the site and help users make purchase decisions, hence user contributions  are the proliferation of online discussions, wikis, and blogs.

The Web 2.0 makes new, powerful types of content possible however it also leaves sites vulnerable to the whims of their users. All successful sites command to draw diverse, committed users. The content created by these users cannot be duplicated by marketing departments or editorial staff.  Sites now compete for users time and dedication, as a result leaving some communities that rely on user contributions simply lose from lack of participation. Site success is also dependent of what users contribute eg. the online encyclopedia Wikipedia maintain high quality standards. Due to the dependence on user contributions, it has become more useful to develop tools that motivate users to participate in particular ways. Furthermore, most web- site are using designed incentives to this end. These are mechanisms implemented into a software interface that encourage, reward or persuade users. An example of a designed incentive is the awarding of “points” and  “levels” to users who participate in Yahoo! Answers. Designed incentives are a manifestation of a web sites desire to shape up user contributions most often to encourage members to contribute or discourage low quality content.

There are many aspects of designed incentive that remain poorly understood. One of my goals is to analyze and revise incentives in practice. I believe that understanding incentives will provide researchers with a useful context for developing new types of incentives and build on personalization algorithms that adapt incentives to particular people or different groups of people.

In summary, designed incentives are widely used in online systems but are not well understood. I am interested in conducting research to help better understand how incentives can be used to promote constructive discourse over the Internet. These techniques that read user user motivations and preferences can be used to improve the handling of incentives and hence I am interested in researching these techniques.

 

 

Harnessing Collective Intelligence

For the first post on my blog, I will explore and discuss one of first Web 2.0 patterns known as harnessing collective intelligence. The idea of harnessing collective intelligence circulates around the participation of users and the effects of the network. By these means, users are able to collaborate with the website in order to produce useful intelligence to themselves as well as for the other users of the site. Web Sites such as Wikipedia, Twitter and Facebook all utilize collective intelligence to generate information. Hence, then these sites can contribute better experiences to its users which will increase the sites retention rate.

The site I have chosen for this analysis is Photobucket. Photobucket is a based around the concept of stumbling around the Internet. It is a photo sharing website that permits users to upload photos to their personal profile to share with the world. Photobucket have such features for which there is a built in editor for the creative side of people in which once a user uploads their photos, one can categorize them o that others are interested in that category of photos and possibly and the user for future uploads.Photobucket is a photo sharing website as I just mentioned which allows users to upload photos to their profile to share with the world. It also has a built in editor for that creative side of people. Once you upload photos to your profile, you can categorize them so that others that are interested in that category of photos can see your photos and possibly even follow you for future uploads. Photobucket really does connect people and their interests through photos. Photobucket also provides the option to share via other social media sites such as Facebook. Twitter, extending functionality and hence giving Photobucket a community feel.

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Photobucket’s value rises from sources such as  advertising during uploading and offering more storage space for users at a relative price. Users don’t  have to click the advertisement during uploading or watch it in general – it’s just there in-case they are interested and it earns Photobucket that little extra bit of revenue. The storage space for free users is massive as it is, but some serious photographers would need more space than that of free users.