INB347 Applications beyond the desktop

This particular entry, (as you may recognise the title) is a rewrite of the one uploaded last week, as I have deemed it necessary to rewrite it on a new web application. I have removed the previous one on facebook as I have already covered Facebook once on this blog and I thought it was a bit of a copout to do to entries on the same 2.0 technology. So instead of a list of interesting facts about Facebook seen over multiple devices (which you may feel free to look into as I will post the links at the end) I have decided instead to look at how dig has burst through the shackles of the desktop and now can be accessed where ever you bring your phon.

No longer do we live in a world where the internet can only be accessed by desktops and laptops, in the 2000s we can now access the internet from phones, mp3 players and even fridges (because the internet needs to know when you run out of milk). This new trend to access the internet through devices rather then desktops has had web developer’s scrambling to make their sites accessible through a smaller screen without being cumbersome in size or time consuming in loading. ‘Digg’ is one company that has hoped on the bandwagon.

The mobile devices version is allot simpler then it’s desktop counterpart, however still produces the fundamental essence of what the site the ability to for people to discover and share content from anywhere on the Internet, by submitting links and stories, and voting and commenting on them which dictates how high the story appears on the site. The mobile version only displays the main stories, the ability to go forward and back through the pages and the ability to sign in.

Digg Mobile

Digg

Digg has taken the approach of many newsfeed websites have done when creating a web application by removing the options of their site and simple showing the user the stories they wish to look at rather than flooding the screen with useless options. This is because the application will almost always be used while commuting or to kill time rather than purposefully going on to the website to find something in particular. Many newspapers and online news sites have followed suit, by only giving the reading materials rather than giving the users options.

However the other option some more less known news web services have taken is an sms service which is not nearly as popular. Aljazeera claims you can;

“ now accessible anytime anywhere through SMS.

The SMS service launched by Aljazeera Mobile project will allow subscribers to receive news services, including breaking news, through their mobile phones.

Subscribers may choose to receive Arabic or English SMS messages on the following topics:

  • Politics
  • Sports
  • Economy

It will take only one call to your local service provider to get Aljazeera SMS service.”

Some useful links on the topic;

http://english.aljazeera.net/aboutus/2006/11/200852517383151207.html

http://digg.com/

http://m.digg.com/

If you would like to read a bit about facebook mobile;

http://www.facebook.com/mobile/?ref=mf

http://blog.facebook.com/

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