Today’s post will be about “Perpetual Beta”, the six pattern of web 2.0 application that defined by Tim O’reilly. This principle focuses on the endless development of programs features that offered as a service for the users to get their satisfaction. The development cycle of the software can be on a monthly, weekly, or even daily cycle, depends on the users needs.
What is Perpetual beta:
Perpetual beta is the keeping of software or a system at the beta development stage for an extended or indefinite period of time. It is often used by developers when they continue to release new features that might not be fully tested. Wikipedia
Examples of Perpetual beta:
According to O’Reilly’s Microsoft and Google are clear examples of Perpetual Beta and “Microsoft won’t be able to beat Google” because Google upgrading their computing environment every day while Microsoft upgrading the computing environment every 2-3 years. Additionally, Google Maps, Gmail, Flickr, and delicious are other example of this pattern. In this post I am going to discuss Delicious as a web 2.0 application that achieved the best practices and benefits of Perpetual beta website.
Delicious is a social bookmarking website which means that, rather than going to your favourite icon and save it in the internet explorer you can save your bookmarking in the web site so you can access to your bookmarking from any computing divides in any time. In addition Delicious allow you to share your bookmarking with others.
Delicious (formerly del.icio.us) is a social bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. The site was founded by Joshua Schachter in 2003. Wikipedia
Delicious is a free service designed to be the best place to save what you love on the web, whether it’s a video, picture, product, blog post, article or music. We then help you remember and find it later. Delicious
How does Delicious linked to this pattern:
Release early and release often: Websites updating is essential to websites success. For that Delicious have search tools to keep track of the users to know what they like and what do not. Delicious always updated and change or add new features according to the users needs. Additonally, Delicious advertise the updating through Delicious blog.
Engage users as co-developers and real-time testers: as we said before delicious updating the system by tracking user behavior. Each page in Delicious has a feedback button at the bottom of the page to get feedback from the users that help to improve the website. For example, Delicious thanks its users for their feedback that help to create search box to conveniently search about tags, keywords, network, usernames, and even tag bundles. Additionally, Delicious enhanced the website with keyboard shortcuts to save users time.
Instrument your product: Every updating or new feature of Delicious tested by the users through adding new bookmarking on the website and share links with friends.
Incrementally create new products: Delicious involves the users as real time tester, it is looking for the users needs and analysing their feedback to updating existing feature and bring new one.
Over a billion links served daily to more than 200 countries worldwide. Delicious