The PC is no longer the only access device for Internet applications, and applications that are limited to a single device are less valuable than those that are connected. In our technologically advancing society, the PC is not the only device that can access the internet. More current devices such as the IPAD, smartphones, and other tablet PCs can all access the net and therefore allow users to access applications online. Likewise to this, web services have been in order to allow access to all these devices and not just the PC. This trend is known as “Software above the level of a single device” and it is another essential pattern in regards to Web 2.0. The trend can be labelled as synergy between web services and mobile devices that provides high accessibility for all users. Creating high accessibility for users will help generate higher profit in the long run and will help improve lives in ways unimaginable.
Facebook is a brilliant example of software above the level of a single device. Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. Facebook is the most valuable web startup ahead of Zynga, 360Buy, Groupon, Twitter and Dropbox.
Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Thus, it is highly significant for Facebook to offer ease of access. With this said, Facebook has followed it’s mission and provided its service accross different platforms. Today, Facebook can be accessed on all smartphones, Ipads and other tablet PCs. Facebook is highly user friendly and aids in storing and sharing information to help make it more manageable. Although, it is said to have it’s privacy and security issues like most cloud computing apps, Facebook has made many efforts towards eradicating these issues by giving users the choices to make when choosing in these settings. Nevertheless, due to its high accessibily, ease of use, and fast service, Facebook is a great example of a Software above the level of a single device.