Using the power of distributed computing, an open network is created by a host company that sells access to Web tools (such as chat, auctions and polling); interested Web sites subscribe to these tools and become affiliated with each other. Then, any user who can type a URL into their Web browser can access these affiliated sites (even if they're in a walled garden).
Even users who do not have a browser can participate. For example, visitor A e-mails chat session access information to friend B; once friend B opens the e-mail, the chat is launched, and he or she can participate from within the e-mail program.
NetLingo Classification: Net Hardware