What is a Mashup?

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A mashup combines web content (such as news articles, blogs, photos, and videos) with some kind of other functionality, creating a hybrid service from two or more different sources.

There are a number of different kinds of mashups on the web today: data mashups, consumer mashups, business mashups, media mashups and more.

Essentially, all of these take a combination of information, mix it up, and deliver it in an interesting new way. One of the most recognizable forms of mashups are in the form of applications for mobile devices such as the iPhone. Mashup Apps like restaurant finders, language translators and more are available for these devices by the thousands.

Another example of a mashup is WikipediaVision, which combines Google Maps and Wikipedia by displaying edits to Wikipedia content as they occur in real-time across the globe. You may also have heard mashup used to when someone takes existing audio, video, text and other mediums and “remixs” them into a new form.

In the business world, mashups are often used for collaboration, project managing, and engaging consumers in unique and interesting ways.

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  1. Thanks – this makes it all a bit clearer to me! That YouTube Doubler is really fun!

    rbirkey — May 28th, 2010, 10:33 AM
  2. great explanation in short time. i really like this site & gonna bookmark nw. keep duing nice stuffs.

    fazil — February 3rd, 2012, 5:43 AM

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