Rich Internet Applications (RIA) offer enhanced user-experience that goes a long way in increasing productivity and customer-base. These applications combine the sturdiness of desktop applications with the hassle-free usage of web applications.
Typically the application does not require installation on the client side. A runtime engine handles all user interaction reducing the client-server interaction.
This is the buzz-word which has redefined the use of cyberspace for computing and interactions. The web is the platform for development in this new scenario. The emerging technologies permit the creation and management of path-breaking concepts like collective intelligence, user-generated content.
This has lent credence to the use of blogs, networking sites etc.