Foulplay in the New Age Web

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Newsvine recently had been seeded with reports that several profiles and objectionable content being removed from My Space. Many concerned parents also wrote in to express their fears. Although there were hints of paranoia, any service on the web is exploited, despite clear instructions on the web. It is not uncommon that most users fail to read, atleast a few lines of that “Terms and Conditions” before adding a tickmark in the Checkbox.

While the whole essence of new age web is Social Networking, Social Bookmarking, and requires an active participation from the users, it is of great importance to validate and verify the authenticity of the content that is being contributed to the web. Digital Signatures and Privacy Policies have no respect at all, for every user takes them for granted. But with something close to 250,000 users a day, it remains to be seen how this can be done.

Atleast to start with, the trustworthiness of any person can be established on how many people link to her in the case of Social Networking sites, based on the frequency of posting, based on how many people publish similar items. Something akin to PageRank. It is not an entirely fool-proof system , but can be done as a preliminary measure, for, this would atleast persuade a person from providing fake information. Much as Data Security is impotarnt, accuracy of information is important too. Wikipedia faced a similar problem.

No extreme measure can be done to check the authenticity too, for the entire world will then cry foul – as many already do with Google. That would be branded as a threat to privacy. So where do we strike the balance? Unless ofcourse, each contributor realizes the social responsibility and the ethics of the Virtual World.

Shortcomings of existing online storage solutions

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There are atleast 10 online storage solutions today and this has been the case for a long time. Most of them are excellent solutions offering great set of features with good UI and price tag. I really dont think they received enough attention they actually deserve. My theory on why they lack great attention…..There are no online apps to view/edit documents/images etc. If you have all your documents/images online in an online storage space, to view/edit them, you’ll have to download the documents to your local desktop and open it with the document specific application.

I think this is going to change with the emergence of online applications which will allow users access/view/edit documents online without having to download any of these locally. As the number of applications keeps increaing, the cost of storage keeps decreasing. This is a good sign for complete online storage solutions.

With online word processors, spreadsheet apps, text editors etc I think we will see good adoption of online storage. I hope to see more online image editing apps that will further help the online storage market. 

Raju

Re-ordering of Todo’s

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The most asked for feature in Zoho Planner is finally there. Yes, now you can re-order the todo list items & the todo lists themselves. And this has been done the typical AJAXy way with easy drag & drop. Check this out with your Zoho Planner account.

Update:  In case you don’t see the re-order feature in your Zoho Planner account, clear your browser cache.
Note: Page re-ordering is on the way

Riya

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Many people have a common memory problem. Associating the name and face. It is not rare that one fine day you meet someone you know and are left wondering her name. Also, a long lost friend sends you an e-mail and you try best, only to no avail, to remember the face. So when Riya introduced something like Face Recognition which (to the best of my knowledge) no one else has offered before, many people quickly caught on to it. It’s a great service, a bit heavy, and I’ve never been so glad to drag and drop :)

It was great to know that Riya could identify Michaelangelo’s David. It would be even nice if there were Riya communities or public forums like Keyhole community where users can upload such photos, recognize them and have some fun like what people do in “Where in the World” contest.

Zoho CRM – Easy Editing with AJAX

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Say you have to enter data for a new lead. You fill web forms for entering the lead details. As the follow-up proceeds, you may need to update a few fields. In traditional web-based CRM applications, users have to open up a page, edit, and save the complete form, which can be cumbersome, time consuming & not-too-pleasant to work with. Zoho CRM, like the other Zoho services uses AJAX for such updations. The update is field based thereby avoiding the whole page getting reloaded, bringing the feel of a desktop based application. Refer the screenshots below for details.

Zoho Applications

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Over the weekend, I decided to jot down all the list of apps available under Zoho and do a quick image. I ended up doing the one below that summarizes the existing state of Zoho.

Zoho Applications

The apps that are currently available as a product will be available as a service soon…..and the apps that are available as a service will eventually be available as a product too.
Raju

The Art of Naming a Web 2.0 Service

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It has already been pointed out by many that with the success of the name Flickr, several web-services took a liking to the suffix “ckr”. The result is Enablr, Talkr, RedLettr and even Beggr. :) (Thanks to All Things Web 2.0 for helping with the list) It seems like now they’ve caught on with the URL [part of the name].[rest of the name +licious].us after the success of Del.ico.us. Like Thumbilicious, lib.rario.us, (which really is sleek and elegant version of 43Things) Scriptaculous – to name a few. In big names they trust?