Ques­tion: What is an SSB (Site Spe­cif­ic Brows­er)?
Answer: An SSB is not your usu­al brows­er. It lacks nav­i­ga­tion, menus, tabs, and even the address bar! These browsers are designed to work exclu­sive­ly with a sin­gle web appli­ca­tion. In oth­er words, you can think of an SSB as a stripped-down ver­sion of Fire­fox. I won’t go in detail about Site Spe­cif­ic Browsers and the idea behind ’em ’cause this top­ic has already been dis­cussed by too many awe­some peo­ple.

I’ve been play­ing with SSBs ever since I cre­at­ed the first SSB bun­dle for Streamy. The Streamy bun­dle is meant to work only with WebRun­ner (now Prism) ’cause cur­rent­ly, WebRun­ner is the only SSB appli­ca­tion that can be installed on Lin­ux, Mac and Win­dows plat­forms. Mac also has Flu­id, a free SSB appli­ca­tion avail­able only for Mac OS X.

If you’re a Web 2.0 start­up, you should try one of these appli­ca­tions to cre­ate a desk­top ver­sion of your Web appli­ca­tion. Since SSBs like WebRun­ner are open source apps, you can eas­i­ly mod­i­fy the code to add addi­tion­al func­tion­al­i­ties.

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