Open Thread: How Rich is Your Internet Experience?

Do you use any rich Internet applications (RIAs)? Applications that regularly communicate with the Internet, but offer a desktop-like user experience? I use at least three applications I’d label as RIAs: Adium for instant messaging integration, Twitterific for interacting with Twitter, and iTunes for playing web radio and subscribing to podcasts.

On Friday, Mozilla announced Prism, a way of blurring the line between the desktop and the web experience. Prism is based on WebRunner, a stripped-down browser that “hosts web applications without the normal web browser user interface” and has “a tighter integration with the OS and desktop than a typical web application running through a web browser.”

The most obvious competitor to Prism is Adobe AIR, which is getting some traction through RIAs that access web-based APIs, like Twitter’s. AIR-based Snitter is getting good reviews and buzz. Twitter competitor Pownce offers an AIR-based downloadable RIA too.

What RIAs do you use? Are there websites and services you’d like to see offer a more desktop-like, application-like experience?


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