Condemned to the 1st Circle of Hell


Mashup (Custom).jpgHere’s another buzzword that you would just love to (s)mash up into a million unrecognizable bits and pieces: mashup. A mashup is defined as something that mixes and matches content and ideas from other sites into one integrated experience. It’s like aggregation, but unlike aggregation, it does not simply pull in information for the user to digest. A mashup will digest the information itself, and churn out something entirely new.

A mashup is a website or application that combines content from more than one source into an integrated experience.

Content used in mashups is typically sourced from a third party via a public interface or API, although some in the community believe that only cases where public interfaces are not used count as mashups. Other methods of sourcing content for mashups include Web feeds (e.g. RSS or Atom) and JavaScript.

Mashups are increasingly becoming popular in the web application space, with a lot of web apps releasing their APIs to the public for other services to freely build upon. So why would we want to mash up mashups? Well, they tend to be confusing to the user! I like my web apps simple and straightforward. And I still like to do the thinking myself.

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    Buzzerboy Says:

    Sounds like mashed potatoes to me! It is supposed to put things together but as a whole, it seems like something similar towards organizing and brainstorming ideas to come out with one big product in the end.

    Ideally it would seem to refer to different meanings such as losing focus and even forcing objects into one setting. But mash up also sounds like a big mess, something familiar to putting everything into perspective even if it does mean something not good in layman’s terms.