“jooce” is a powerful application that goes a long way in freeing one of the needs to burden themselves with the laptops, USBs and CD ROMs by providing a platform for organizing digital life. These tools have been replaced by ‘jooce’, which is made possible with the secure capabilities it offers for sharing music, files, photos, and videos. This application is a boon for those who either cannot own a computer system or do not want to. In technical terms, it is a ‘Web OS’ or a ‘private online desktop’ and makes available all the functionalities of a computer system in a virtual format. It can be accessed from anywhere in the world because it is hosted in a central server, is easy to use, customized public space. Using this application, one can upload files, music, photos, and videos from a local disk drive or web, store and organize them as if it is one’s own computer. Music can be played using jooce’s media player itself. One can also transfer files or folders from other jooce’s desktops to one’s own jooce desktop. In addition it allows Instant Messenger accounts can be set up to chat with friends.
jooce was founded by a trio who worked together at a Paris based NGO prior to coming up with the idea of helping the cyber nomads. It was the result of United Nations’ sponsored world summit on Information society. The aim was to enable people manage information more usefully irrespective of whether they own a computer system or not. The internet start-up is Luxemburg based with its R&D operations in Paris. Jooce.com is gaining currency amongst many internet users and it hopes to build upon this interest and grow a large dedicated user base in near future.
The information provided is very well organized as compared to other similar applications. This saves it of the messy look often seen at other sites. This is the strength of this website. The usual heaps of information, found on other such websites have been given no place. Only the ones that are of absolute need to the user have been included. Also, the structuring of the matter is done in a creative way and so it scores over the other applications which follow more of the standard format, there by getting a bit monotonous and boring.
The logo gives a peppy look with the tag line ‘power to the people’. The home page has an attractive use of various shades of blue color which invites one navigate through it. The animation used is impressive and makes one moving from one page to the other. The website also has a mascot by the name of ‘Neville’. Promotional ads do exist but do not annoy the users. In one of the corners are the navigation keys. The large font size gives it a clean view, unlike the cluttered one we often encounter. There are a number of single click animated icons which really make it easy to search for the desired material. The home page has only a few options like sign up, about us, press, FAQ and contact. So, moving through the website is an easy task.
One is required to give only the username, e-mail address, password to register with jooce. Further one needs to give their e-mail address and password to set up an instant messenger. It takes some time to have all the contacts imported. Once this is done, instant messaging is possible with the selected contact. One can then upload files and folders from the system and create a new ‘joocetop’ desktop.
No fee is charged from the users at the time of registration and using the services of the site. The revenues are earned via the ads pasted on different web pages of the site.
It is recommended for those who need to operate from a number of locations. So, it is not possible for them to have access to the same system every time. People who have a vast and expanded digital life can make use of this application to organize the same in a better manner. However, the user-friendly feature of Jooce.com can cause anyone to get hooked to it and discover the uses.