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Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Web

January 16, 2008


At one of my company’s board meetings today we had an interesting conversation about the web’s gyrations between synchronous and asynchronous behavior.

The web started off asynchronous. But then IM changed that, and brought a wave of synchronous activity.

Early Facebook apps, though, are largely asynchronous.

Some would argue this is just a phase, and we’ll see synchronous FB apps soon enough.

What do you think?


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  1. BRodde #
    February 6, 2009

    What pops-up in my mind when I think about the need for synchronicity?

    Another question, what “content/usage” would require synchronicity except conversations? Video? Blah, I’d rather watch VOD-like content on YouTube.

    So, take the case of TV, the most synchronous media of all-time! I enjoy it
    – Live sport events
    – First broadcasting of the latest episode of my favorite serial
    – Want to enjoy it with a bunch of friends ->conversation

    Maybe IM/microblogging could help online TV-like services….

  2. May 17, 2009


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