Future of WebAps

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At the Future of Web Apps conference today in London, Netvibes announced their upcoming “Coriander” that provides cross-platform Widget compatability. The site is live now with a landing page, more information will be available next week.

Tech Crunch says, once launched, any widget created for Netvibes will also work on Vista, Google, Mac and Opera platforms. Support for Yahoo Widgets and other platforms will follow soon after.

A single javascript embed code will add the widget to any of the supported platforms. The code will recognize the platform and run the appropriate code for that platform within the widget. Once Coriander has launched, sites will be able to create and promote a single widget embed code for most platforms.

The W3C also has a working draft of a 1.0 Widget specification, which if adopted would be called the Universal Widget API

TechCrunch also reports a new open source cross-site social networking service called Explode launched today. Built by UK open-source social network provider Curverider, TechCrunch says it is an appealing alternative to Yahoo’s MyBlogLog. MyBlogLog lets you see the faces of people who have been reading your blog. Explode requires that users click a link on a site they visit in order to befriend that site’s author.

Users of MySpace, Vox and other “javascript hostile” networking sites can post an image widget that simply links out to their page on Explode. The javascript widget will display the most recent of a person’s friends to have done “something online”.

User-installable microbrowsers may run Mobile AJAX on a phone and offer a potentially better solution in comparison to J2ME, BREW or XHTML because it’s less reliant on continuous connectivity. Ajax, shorthand for Asynchronous JavaScript and XML, is a web development technique for creating interactive web applications where web pages exchange small amounts of data with the server. The entire web page does not have to be reloaded each time the user requests a change.

In other news, AOL has joined Microsoft in supporting Open ID. OpenID is a decentralised identification system that lets individuals use a single password for any site that supports it. Kevin Rose announced that Digg, the popular social news site, will support OpenID. JanRain is building software and services around the OpenID platform. Other websites which use OpenID as an alternative to registration include LiveJournal, Zooomr and Wikitravel.

Vint Cerf believes 99% of Internet applications lie in the future.

Related DailyWireless articles on applications include; MIT’s SENSEable City, 3D Standards Coalese, Location-based Messaging via Loki, Cellular Navigation, Mobile War: Google Vrs Yahoo, Nokia Mapping Goes Free, $100 Laptop at CES, The Semantic Web, Social Net Wallop, WiFi City Applications, Intelligent Communities of the Year, Geovector: Advertising Walks the Talk, Where 2.0, Mobile 2.0, Motorola: It’s All About ME and City Clouds: Becoming The World Cup.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Wednesday, February 21st, 2007 at 10:56 am .

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