The title of my post doesn’t sound particularly sexy. And as I learned from Jean Louis Gassee at Apple, sexy must be paid attention to. In terms of website design, sexy has always meant an extraordinary user experience. The feeling you get when you are one with the tool.
The web services that some platforms have decided to expose are fertile ground for new user experience. The trend is free range content. Encapsulate your content with metadata and let people sort it with tools like Oskope.
Oskope taps the web services of YouTube, eBay, Flickr, Amazon, Fotolia and Yahoo Image Search. The visual indexing and display options are intuitive, useful and a pleasure to use.
The secret sauce is in wrapping your core media (text, photo, audio, video, widget) with relevant metadata that easily maps onto useful graphs. Oskope is on to something.