Over the past week or so, I’ve switched text editors on the iPad.
I’m now using Elements (instead of iA Writer).
Elements does a number of things in addition to keeping things simple and clean.
It connects to Dropbox so all the documents I create with Elements are automatically saved to the cloud. It supports Markdown which the inner geek in me appreciates.
And best of all - it’s extremely easy to send anything I create in Elements to Tumblr.
I love apps that embrace that write once, share anywhere view of the world.
Instagram does a fine job of this as well. I take a photo with Instagram, pick a filter and then I can share anywhere. This is what the share options look like:
I’d like to see more apps take that approach. Let me create the content in one place and send it to any place I choose.
For example, gmail could offer a way to offer a URL for every conversation thread. It would only be accessible to those on the email list through some sort of authentication. From there, I could think of lots of ways to send that link to various places of interest.
API’s changed the web forever. It brought together services in compelling ways that were unavailable to individual apps. Now we need more services to take advantage of this and let us send our bits anywhere.
The recent shift of enterprises like Google and Yahoo moving to the cloud is an indication of the next big trend in web enterprises. People which to upload and download information on the fly, willing to pay top dollar for convenience, speed and efficiency.
During a recent discussion on the same topic with a couple of startup individuals, they mentioned the movement of their enterprise to the cloud as well. However, two things were of primal and long term concern: reliability and security. While reliability was seen as an issue that could be more easily fixed with better regulated systems and networks, as well as quality contingency plans for server management, security seems to be one where small and medium sized enterprises can really scale up and monetize on.
With personal information being uploaded to the cloud, along with personal histories and knowledge archives, people will surely be willing to pay for a cloud security service along with the general access to the cloud. This service maybe seen as an add-on, partnership or niche provision in the short-term. The long-term goal would be ultimately to protect everyone at no cost, bearing in mind the open source model, with enterpreneurs finding better and cleverer ways to develop revenue.