From time immemorial, there has always been a need to communicate. Whether it was to warn each other of predators, or to tell stories to entertain ourselves; the need to share information has been ever present and thus a constant driver of human innovation as we are always searching for better ways to communicate with one another. From cave paintings, to Egyptian hieroglyphs, letters, to numbers, to bits and bytes, we are constantly looking into ways we can communicate messages clearly, accurately and as fast as possible. It was this same search that spawned the internet. Yes, you read that right, the internet which we all know and love was made possible from our need to communicate. The internet has been a game changer, revolutionizing how we interact and share information with each other; however the internet was just a conduit that allowed information to flow, what really advanced communication was websites and web apps.
Websites have long been a medium through which individuals and whole organizations have used to communicate their messages to their audiences. Think of websites as containers that hold the information on the internet; there are different kinds of containers for different kinds of people. From personal blogs, to corporate sites, there exist a website for every kind of industry, from the big to the small, anyone and everyone can have a website. This is because websites have the ability to be used in a number of different scenarios, because they are essentially a blank slate on which the owner can express their message as creatively as they wish.
The advantage that websites have over traditional media is that, they can communicate a consistent messages to a large audience, very quickly and the fact that the owner of the site has full control their website, so they are not reliant on others to convey their message. Another feature that makes websites so good is that they have the ability to communicate information in a number of ways. Websites can combine text, images, audio, and video content, stimulating 2 of your 5 senses at once, giving audiences an immersive experience unlike traditional media like radio.
Web apps on the other hand encompass a myriad of features far beyond a regular website. While your run of the mill website just presents information to you, a web app can do so much more. A good example of a web app is a social media site like Facebook. The web address www.facebook.com reads like any other generic top level domain but that’s where the similarities end. Unlike most websites, the web app Facebook gives users a unique opportunity to not only view information presented on the site, but also:
- Create unique profiles,
- Post content (images, videos, GIFs, PDFs)
- Create social groups,
- Create business pages,
- Create an online shop and sell goods,
- Send messages,
- Find people using only their phone number,
- Stream live events,
- Plan events and send invites,
- Play games,
- And even advertise, among many others.
As you can see, all these features take a web app far beyond a website in terms of functionality.
Web apps like Facebook allow us to better communicate with our peers, our co-workers, our friends as well as our family members. There are emojis that can communicate any emotion to our friends, PDF documents you can send to your co-workers, pictures you can send to your loved ones and so much more. From simple messages to complex ones, all can be sent across the globe in an instant with just a few clicks using a web app.
Web solutions help us communicate with the outside world better; whether it’s with those who are close to us or those who are located far away. They make us feel connected and that is what we do as LEGIBRA, provide solutions that will allow you to communicate and connect with those around you – better.