10 Web Application Types that Can Simplify Your Life
14. 08. 2007
The next paragraphs might seem like a PR article from Google, but the majority of representative – popular and widespread – applications originate from Google labs. This article is not, therefore, PR, but just an objective view of the situation in the field of web applications. As one Czech legend, Jara Cimrman, once proclaimed: “We could disagree with it, we can protest against it, but that’s the only thing we could do about it.”
Almost every Internet user has an e-mail account today, whether a company or private one. A lot of users can access their e-mail account not only via their e-mail application but also via web interface as well. One of the best is, for sure, Google Gmail (http://mail.google.com/). It is a well-arranged e-mail client that enables – except for receiving, writing and sending e-mails – categorizing of (label) mail, use of shortcuts, filtering of spam and storage of nearly 3 GB of data in an inbox. Google Gmail is available via mobile phone as well (http://www.google.com/mobile/).
One of the widespread instant messengers – ICQ, or as ICQ2Go! (http://download.icq.com/download/icq2go/) – is available via an Internet browser as well. So you do not need to install anything when you want to communicate in real time, as you can keep in touch with your ICQ contacts all around the world. Internet telephony clients (le.g. Skype) are unfortunately not available via web interface.
It is quite
impossible to find something without a suitable search engine nowadays. It is
more important to get relevant results than to get a lot of results, quality is
better quantity. That is why vertical search (quality – depth) plays a leading
role in the expanse of horizontal search (quantity – surface) very often now. Vertical
search is possible due to search forms with filters and categories of data that
are indexed and described by keywords. Full text search is important too
because enables a search of the content of documents, and not only on the meta
3. Content Aggregation
advantage can be a disadvantage as well. We face
4. Office Tools
There is no need to install even basic office applications. You can use them online too. Ajax13 (http://us.ajax13.com/) tools offer almost everything – text editor (ajaxWrite), graphic editor (ajaxSketch), spreadsheet calculator (ajaxXLS), presentation editor (ajaxPresents) and multimedia files manager (ajaxTunes). The text editor and spreadsheet calculator are available as well via Google Docs & Spreadsheets (http://docs.google.com/). For time management, you can use Google Calendar http://www.google.com/calendar/). The mentioned applications usually dispose with the import/export functions.
5.-6. Multimedia & Communities
Internet users generally prefer information sources that they can change or adopt. We are talking about folksonomy, or user generated taxonomy – content classification. There must be only a few people who do not know about YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/) for video sharing, Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/) for photos sharin MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/) for social networking and complex presentations with blogging, or Last.fm (http://www.last.fm/) for music recommendations and individual Internet radio. All mentioned websites dispose of connected discussions (chats), ratings and recommendations.
7.-8. Publishing & Encyclopaedias
Everybody wants to publish now. You can, of course, build and run your own web site, but it is far simpler via an online CMS2. A particularly popular one is WordPress (http://wordpress.com/) which has an offline version (http://wordpress.org/). You can focus on content rather than administration. Wiki is a special type of CMS that is used for discussions and collaborative content editing. Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/). Is one of the biggest online open encyclopaedias where registered users can contribute. The fact that you can contribute and someone else can edit (extend) your article influenced Wikipedia’s very vivid platform.
9.-10. Analysis & Statistics
The right tool can help improve content, position in search results, and attract new customers. This task is connected with SEM3/SEO4. A good tool is another application from the Google family – Google Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics/). You can get a good overview of your visitors and you can even trace them.
quantity of data and
applications can have complex intranet/extranets built upon CMS and these
enterprise portals can integrate with other company