Yesterday, Facebook announced its acquisition of Parakey, a startup founded by Blake Ross and Joe Hewitt of Firefox fame. Parakey, which has yet to launch, is creating an open-source Webtop. According to its Website:
Parakey is a platform for building applications that merge the best of the desktop and the Web. Like desktop applications, these applications work offline, offer more privacy than pure websites, run quickly, and integrate with your computer and its deviceses. But like Web applications, they are also more creative, visually alluring, accessible from anywhere and potentially accessible by anyone.
That should be a nice addition to Facebook's evolving Web platform. Already, everyone and their brother is already rushing to create a Facebook version of their Web applications to tap into all the millions of people who already use the social network. In the future, as a result of the Parakey deal, you can imagine that software developers will be able to create Facebook apps with offline components as well. Did somebody say Web operating system?