Anyone who think that he can either have one way or the another in term of Internet platform will want to take a closer look at , a playground site for Google to test out their latest search innovation user interface and mashup.
manages to integrate all essential Web services that formed the core of social networking like image, video, map, blog in a seamless way. In addition, it even incorporates video playback and map navigation directly into the user interface. Despite been a test site for innovation, it is surprisingly highly functional overall and one may find it much easier and efficient to search for video, image compare to the traditional Google Search.
SearchMash comes in two RIA versions, a pure HTML using AJAX version and a entirely flash-based counterpart. Both have the same level of functionality and work quite similarly albeit with some interface redesign, for example tab versus dropdown.
Of course, in the real world, not many individual or company has the resources and expertise of Google to implement two versions of a mashup, and it may not be economically feasible to maintain multiple version of a complex application. Still, what Google has highlighted shows the possibility of what HTML and Flash are capable of using Google’s web services, and that developer can learn a trick or two on how Google implements effective user interface design. The last thing I like to do is to peek at the source code of the system and how these mashup are implemented. Let’s see if Google will open-source these components.
As noted previously, SearchMash comes in two version, if one needs at least Firefox and Internet Explorer to run the flash version, otherwise it will revert to its HTML version. Despite the similarity between the two versions, I find that flash version is faster and intuitive to use, given that interactivity is truly the strength of flash.
So why not start clicking on either of the following and see for yourself the future of Rich Internet Application and mashup.
HTML with AJAX version
Dropdown instead of using tab, how cool can that be ? Pretty slick design. Look like I need to corporate this feature into my system as well .