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Google App Streaming: A Big Move In Building "The Web Of Apps"
"Imagine if, in order to use the web, you had to download an app for each website you wanted to visit. To find news from the New York Times, you had to install an app that let you access the site through your web browser. To purchase from Amazon, you first needed to install an Amazon app for your browser. To share on Facebook, installation of the Facebook app for your browser would be required.

That would be a nightmare. It would get even worse when you consider how this would impact search. Every day, millions of people are searching for answers to new things they’ve never realized they needed before. Each person could easily potentially encounter 10, 20 or more sites they’re directed to from search, that promise those answers. But if installing an app for each of those sites were required, the effortless way we currently enjoy web search would be a cumbersome mess.

This situation could have been the web today. For a short time before the web, it even seemed this was how online services would go. You had your AOL, your CompuServe, your Prodigy, your MSN — all online services that were disconnected from each other, some with unique content that could only be accessed if you installed (and subscribed to) that particular online service.

The web put an end to this. More specifically, the web browser did. The web browser became a universal app that let anyone open anything on the web. No need to download software for an online service. No need to download an app for a specific web site. Simply launch the web browser of your choice, and you could get to anything. Moreover, search engines like Google could point you anywhere, knowing you wouldn’t need to install any special apps.

The Disconnected World Of Apps

The growth of mobile and its app-centric world has been the opposite of the web. Until fairly recently, there’s been no seamless moving between apps. If you wanted New York Times news within an app environment, you had to download that app. If you wanted to interact with Facebook easily on mobile, you needed the Facebook app. If you wanted to purchase from Amazon, another app was required (and even then, with iOS, you couldn’t buy because Amazon doesn’t want to pay the “Apple Tax” cut that Apple wants from any iOS app that sells things).

The situation is worse when it comes to search. Again, until somewhat recently, if you searched for content using Google, its mobile search results would tend to push you to mobile web pages. Often, that’s a perfectly fine experience. But sometimes, it might be nicer to go into an app. Worse, there’s a small but growing number of app-only publishers and services. They have no web sites and thus nothing for Google or other search engines to point you at from mobile search results.

The Web Of Apps Begins

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could move between apps just as you do with the web? Major companies like Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft certainly believe so. That’s why over the past two years or so, they’ve all been pushing things like Google App Indexing, Apple Deep Linking & Universal Links, Facebook App Links and Bing App Linking.

For a general overview on these efforts, see our Marketing Land guide to app indexing and deep links. But the takeaway is that all these companies want to make it easier to go from any link — from a web page or within an app — and into another app, when appropriate.

There’s still lots of work to be done, as well as fragmentation remaining. Each company has its own system, though some of those systems can leverage or work with others, as with Google’s support of Apple Universal Links, if developers do a little extra work."
applications  google  web  webapps  openweb  2015  aol  compuserve  prodigy  msn  facebook  apple  walledgardens  deeplinking  internet  worldwideweb  appleuniversallinks  links 
november 2015 by robertogreco
The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog) [Too much to quote, chose parts of the conclusion]
"The funny thing is, no one's really hiding the secret of how to make awesome online communities. Give people something cool to do and a way to talk to each other, moderate a little bit, and your job is done. Games like Eve Online or WoW have developed entire economies on top of what's basically a message board…

My hope is that whatever replaces Facebook and Google+ will look equally inevitable, and that our kids will think we were complete rubes for ever having thrown a sheep or clicked a +1 button. It's just a matter of waiting things out, and leaving ourselves enough freedom to find some interesting, organic, and human ways to bring our social lives online."

[Related: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2011/11/evil-social-networks.html ]
socialgraph  maciejceglowski  pinboard  social  technology  relationships  design  marketing  facebook  google+  google  advertising  compuserve  prodigy  aol  walledgardens  web  online  2011  maciejcegłowski 
november 2011 by robertogreco
The Ghetto Called Facebook | John C. Dvorak | PCMag.com
"Facebook is an enclosed, controlled, and manipulated environment for meek, tech losers. It's like a reality TV show—things are kind of real, but they're not."
johndvorak  facebook  aol  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  socialmedia  internet  web  online  2011  closedsystems  markzuckerberg  trainingwheels 
march 2011 by robertogreco
Facebook is Worse than AOL | Tomorrow Museum
"Facebook is worse than AOL. It’s like a neverending digital teambuilding exercise. But instead of trailing a rope course or catching blindfolded people leaning backward, participants post pictures of doppelgangers and list “25 things” about themselves.
facebook  society  internet  culture  socialnetworking  walledgardens  matthaughey  jasonkottke  aol 
february 2010 by robertogreco
The Facebook Saturday night masacree (Scripting News)
"the thing that strikes me as weirdest of all is that after years of insisting that people only use their real names on Facebook, they've now set up a system where it will be virtually impossible for most people to do that, even if they want to. If I cared more about Facebook, I'd have more to say about this. I wish this period of the Internet would end, it's so exactly like AOL. I've seen this show before, I know how it ends. Only this time there won't be a Time-Warner to cash them out."
davewiner  facebook  identity  naming  urls  2009  aol  via:preoccupations  names 
june 2009 by robertogreco
Online social networks | Everywhere and nowhere | Economist.com
"So it is entirely conceivable that social networking, like web-mail, will never make oodles of money. That, however, in no way detracts from its enormous utility."...“E-mail in the wider sense is the most important social network"
business  internet  socialsoftware  socialnetworking  email  linkedin  thunderbird  facebook  myspace  tahoo  google  microsoft  aol  bebo  webmail  via:cityofsound 
march 2008 by robertogreco
How Your Creepy Ex-Co-Workers Will Kill Facebook -- Facebook -- InformationWeek
"Columnist Cory Doctorow describes how Facebook and other social networks have built-in self-destructs: They make it easy for you to be found by the people you're looking to avoid."
corydoctorow  facebook  social  danahboyd  frinedster  myspace  socialgraph  socialnetworking  opensocial  networks  etiquette  evite  socialsoftware  socialnetworks  walledgardens  attention  blogs  convergence  networking  society  identity  privacy  culture  sociology  socialmedia  communication  aol  email  life  work  coworkers  history  trends 
november 2007 by robertogreco
Facebook is the new AOL (kottke.org)
"As it happens, we already have a platform on which anyone can communicate and collaborate with anyone else, individuals and companies can develop applications which can interoperate with one another through open and freely available tools, protocols, and
api  facebook  socialsoftware  technology  web2.0  open  networking  myspace  socialnetworks  smallpieceslooselyjoined  social  trends  platforms  aol  critique  kottke  comparison  walledgardens  socialnetworking  openness 
june 2007 by robertogreco

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