Mash-up engines (automated mash-up creation tools) are one of those concepts that people think is very cool. You do a survey and ask if people would use it and they say “God yes – every day for as long as I live” – but in the end only very tiny percentage do. You need an idea – and you need the “Why?”, in the end – most people don’t.
At best these are a gateway drug to real programming – at worst it will do to the Internet what desktop publishing did to paper. Make it ugly. Have you ever seen a decent website design that used Kai’s power tools?
I say again – you need an idea – and you need the “Why?”, in the end – most people don’t. Go visit myspace.com. Wear sunglasses. Click around to other people. Yes – they are all like that. I’m yet to see a myspace page that didn’t make my eyes bleed.
The modern console computer games industry is regulated – you can’t just publish a game for a platform. The platform manufacturer needs to approve and licence it. There is a reason for this. So many of the games that came out were terrible and it reflected badly on the platforms. So they stopped just anyone from publishing a game for a console.
Maybe I’m just bitter and twisted or maybe I’m experienced and wiser to the way of the world. I’m not even sure myself – your call 🙂
Every time there is a new buzzword/movement, companies start offering solutions that purport to let you buy it.
I’m getting really sick of slick consultants selling Web 2.0 as a product when the best they can come up with as a definition of Web 2.0 is a cloud of related things. Even the creator of the term Web 2.0 could only come up with mind map that seen here is a self referencing parody of a tag cloud.
I really don’t want to de-program another client who wants to add something from the Web 2.0 tag-coud because “I heard its really great”. If it will provide real benefit to users then yes I’m all for it and I’ll push the boundaries and blow your users minds. Most of the time its just not appropriate.
Its a movement and a historical line in the sand – you can grow your hair long and wear paisley – but that does not mean you were a hippie at Woodstock.
Its like 250 years ago turning up to someone and saying.. “Hello, I’m selling the ‘The Industrial Revolution’, like to buy some? It’s very nice.”
Don’t do things for the sake of it – you just need to be aware of what is the state of the art. At best Web 2.0 is a starting point for a topic that should be called “Modern Website Development” – which by its very definition is out of date the moment its printed. If you are concentrating on delivering concrete useful features to your customers using modern techniques then you are probably “Web 2.0” already.
Sell them a steam-engine. Throw in a few bonded child laborers and get the site designed by a romantic poet standing on cliffs with the wind sweeping back their hair. Don’t sell them a movement.
If you need to pay someone to interpret it for you – then good luck.