Hey this will be my final blog in terms of O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 internet patterns, for those who have read most of my blogs and commented I thank you. This week’s topic is Lightweight model and cost-effective scalability. What exactly are Lightweight models? Lightweight model in terms of O’Reilly’s internet pattern is software, is when the business end of the software can scale itself so it suites the increase amount of users. The lightweight section of this pattern refers to the software being able to get into the market quicker.
The example I would like to talk about today in terms of the lightweight model is Skype. Skype is a program that was released in 2003. Skype allows users to talk to other users to talk to each other via peer to peer through the internet. It’s basically a free internet phone call. The program also allows the users to call other peoples home phones and mobiles at a cost. Companies also use it to have conference calls and webcam with each other, people also use it to send files over the internet.
The program was going bankrupt before Microsoft saw potential in it and bought the majority of their shares, the program is now owned by Microsoft and any additional instalments into the program are all done by Microsoft.
Skype is a good example to use for this internet pattern because the program itself didn’t start of as big as it is now. It was a third party program that rapidly increased in numbers as the years went by. As of now the program has 663 million users registered which is a sky rocketing number compared to when it was first released. Although the business model wasn’t as effective because let’s face it the owner went bankrupt, it was good enough for Microsoft to invest money into.
Overall I think this web pattern is one of the more boring patterns out of O’Reilly’s but that is every single pattern covered throughout all my blogs. I hope you enjoyed them and comment.