Completely Rethinking the Web : Comments
May 18, 2005
Thanks for your insights Dirk. Quite interesting. You handle a lot of topics in this article, I want to comment on two:
E-commerce should begin shifting away from Web applications and onto Web-powered desktop applications.
I’ve been a huge fan of the smaller ones we’ve known for long, e.g. icq, mail.com-alerts etc. These web-powered dt applications (WPDTAPP) are the most challenging ones from a design-perspective (for the record: I’m a user interface designer, educated in (physical) product design), yet, there is one thing that bothers me most from a business-point-of-view. Take E-commerce, why on earth would a user want a web-powered dt app from Amazon, Barnes and Company-X on his desktop. I think this is where the current “mental-model of webbrowsers”, the window-shopping-factor, gives users anonimity and a lower barrier to ‘shop around’. (For other aplications like online banking, I totally agree. Create a secure and fast WPDTAPP and it meets user needs much more (my opinion).)
I’m curious what your thoughts on this one are.
There could be a setting on each browser or computer to set how a user wants to experience the Web