September 26, 2008

 

Online is the way. Really?

When I used Facebook in its early days, one thing I couldn't ignore was the sliders in the network activity settings page where one could specify you want more photos in stream and less about groups. That slider was so much like Windows volume control. It simply didn't look html.

Facebook opening up its platform was called as the OS of the web. Now they have redesigned their service and one could see their aspiration to be the Operating System of the Web percolating down from function to aesthetics.

While everybody says OS is slow crawling towards redundancy as all you need is to fire a web browser, on the web they are trying really hard to give you the feel of the OS. My tiny brain finds this schizophrenic.

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