You’re writing an email to invite a friend to meet at a local San
Francisco restaurant that neither of you has been to. You’d like to
include a map. Today, this involves the disjointed tasks of message
composition on a web-mail service, mapping the address on a map site,
searching for reviews on the restaurant on a search engine, and finally
copying all links into the message being composed. This familiar
sequence is an awful lot of clicking, typing, searching, copying, and
pasting in order to do a very simple task. And you haven’t even really
sent a map or useful reviews—only links to them.
This kind of clunky, time-consuming interaction is common on the Web. Mashups help in some cases but they are static, require Web development skills, and are largely site-centric rather than user-centric.
It’s even worse on mobile devices, where limited capability and fidelity makes this onerous or nearly impossible.
Most people do not have an easy way to manage the vast resources of
the Web to simplify their task at hand. For the most part they are left
trundling between web sites, performing common tasks resulting in
frustration and wasted time.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
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