Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 16th Jun 2009 10:15 UTC, submitted by zegenie
Opera Software A few days ago Opera launched a placeholder website which said they were going to "reinvent" the web, on June 16. Well, it's June 16, and Opera has announced Opera Unite, a technology which allows individual Opera users to connect to one another, turning every machine running Opera Unite into a web server.
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A few notes
by wossman on Tue 16th Jun 2009 17:10 UTC
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2009-03-20

Has anyone commenting here tried Unite yet? I just did and here are a few immidiate observations:

Firstly, I'm a Firefox user. That's just my personal choice. Not a religious statement nor an endorsement of the browser. I simply find it most conducive to the way *I* use the web.

So for me, Unite and Opera are actually one and the same application. If I were to develop a liking for Unite, I'd start Opera to use it then go back to Firefox which I've customized quite a bit with Add-ons I find useful.

So far I've started the File Sharing, Web Server and lounge services. When turning on sharing and the web server I was asked to provide folders to store the content for each service and I did so. Then I was ready to share some files but there appears to be nothing in the Unite GUI to let me add files to the shared folder. It seems I need to leasve the browser window and use my OS to copy files I want to share into the shared folder. (10 demerits)

Secondly, after turning on web sharing Unite displayed a messagge offering to create an "index.html" file in the site. I allowed it to. Then I wanted to edit the file but there seems to be no way to do so from within Opera/Unite and again there's no way in the GUI to add files. (20 demerits)

I have a WordPress blog that I self-host and I'm very impressed with the quality and functionality of the WYSIWYG post editor in version 2.7.x. Would it have been so difficult to implement similar functionality in Unite so users can create and edit pages in place? Again, the need to leave the primary interface (Opera) to generate or change content.

I haven't tried the 'Fridge', media player, or photo sharing yet because they don't initially interest me. But so far I'm very unimpressed.

Also, Opera would have been well advised to partner with an existing social network of it's choice, rather than to reinvent the wheel (not the web ;-)). Facebook has its shortcomings but its relevance in the web's ecosystem is undeniable and it's Facebook Connect platform could be a benefit to a service like Unite.

But in my humble opinion, Unite is yet another half-baked idea executed in a less than ideal manner. I don't see it gaining any more market share than Opera already has with their browser.

W.

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