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The Synchronous Web

April 25, 2009


Last week YouTube rolled out a realtime app that allowed users to see what their friends are doing on the site. A number of us, myself included, Twittered that this was another indication that the synchronous web is coming.

The next day I had breakfast with Hangout CEO Pano Anthos, who pointed out that I had blogged on the synchronous web a few months ago.  At the time, I raised the question whether the web would become more synchronous. Now I’ll go further. There’s something afoot here, and I’ll put a stake in the ground: the rise of the social web wil usher in a wave of synchronous web behavior.


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  1. April 26, 2009

    Not sure I agree with this as stated, but I see where you’re going — let me try to spin it with my view.

    The web is already too synchronous… perhaps a better word is that it’s too transactional. The “HTTP/GET” model of interaction is finally becoming an impediment to many of the services we’re enjoying: IM, Twitter, social networking, “live interactions”, gaming, etc.

    I would classify the future web into three categories:

    1. truly synchronous — implemented with persistent sessions.
    2. transactional — the HTTP GET/POST model that we love/hate and have today.
    3. asynchronous — operations that proceed when you or your application is not necessarily connected like email, alerts, events, triggers, etc.

    Add mobile to the mix and you begin to realize you need to implement systems to support asynchrony (offline/no-signal) but transition to synchronous and real time (online, digital “tone”) whenever possible.

    Why is this needed? Not every app can run at once on today’s mobile devices. And not every app should be communicating at once on tomorrow’s devices. Transparently switching between synchronous and asynchronous modes will be key to the next generation of mobile apps.


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  3. May 21, 2009

    полностью поддерживаю, такие же мысли были.

  4. May 22, 2009

    its good but affect privacy.

  5. May 24, 2009

    Кругом война, смерть, глупость, а вы тут… сами знаете, чем занимаетесь.

  6. May 25, 2009

    Подойдя к второму обзацу необходимо будет побороть в себе желание его пропустить

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