Our Role in the Functional WebJune 14th, 2011 | Posted by in App Trends | Functional Search | Functional Web | Vision
In the last 20 years, the web has changed. In the 90s, the web was static- inert pages describing companies, things, ideas, history, and people. Anytime you needed information you had to search thousands of static pages. At the time, the “content web” was the forefront of communication technology.
It isn’t the 90’s anymore. The content web still exists, but a new layer has emerged. Using cross-platform apps like WordPress, Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook, people generate their own content live. Apps like Flipboard and your RSS reader allow you to choose how you engage with this content. Yelp, Maps, Skype, and Dropbox have changed the way we interact with each other and the world. This new layer of active participation is called the functional web.
You engage with the functional web everyday, every time you check your mail, edit a picture, chat with your friends, or open a document. The functional web links us together with mobile, browser, web and desktop apps. All apps live on the functional web.
As a result, people can develop apps that solve real problems for billions of people. We discover and use this technology on the functional web.
So, what’s the point?
Traditional search arose in the age of the content web- it doesn’t understand apps, it only understands key words. Unfortunately, with traditional search, it’s remarkably difficult to find the tools you need without exact phrasing or a recommendation from a friend. The functional web needs to be organized so we can discover the apps we need when we need them.
That’s where Quixey comes in. We understand where apps live, how people are using them, what APIs they are linked to and what they do. This knowledge lets Quixey power search for millions of apps across all platforms and devices.
We work to make the functional web seamless. We envision a world in the very near future, where you can jump between platforms and devices without having to worry about finding the right apps. No matter where you are within the functional web, we can find the apps you want – games, client-tracking software, GPS systems, and more.
With the evolution of the digital world, the functional web is here to stay.