Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English
Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water.... Web 1,2 now Web 3.0 - What's the story?
Web 1.0 was a real shock of the new, taking time to percolate through our collective consciousness. We all (well... most of us!) got there eventually and the whole thing took on an exponential life of it's own:
In 2006, the usage started to change emphasis: Away from company adverts and towards 'communities' - groups - amalgamations: The gestation was less protracted and we started to hear groaning, moaning transformation of the underlying philosophy that manifested itself as 'Web 2.0'.
Echoing a famous UK politicians assertion in the 1980's that there was no such thing as society... the focus is changing again towards the individual and Web 3.0 is looming - Confusing? Possibly. We found this article by Amit Agarwal and it explains things very clearly - with a number of videos put together to exemplify the points made.
We think Web 4.0 will be interesting: Moving from the semantic web to the 'anticipatory web' (c) 2010 Isoblue!) driving individuals data needs by analysing holistic patterns of habit, precedent and current status and using these patterns to provide anticipated information as or even before it is required.... - we cant wait....
Web 1.0 – That Geocities & Hotmail era was all about read-only content and static HTML websites. People preferred navigating the web through link directories of Yahoo! and dmoz.
Web 2.0 – This is about user-generated content and the read-write web. People are consuming as well as contributing information through blogs or sites like Flickr, YouTube, Digg, etc. The line dividing a consumer and content publisher is increasingly getting blurred in the Web 2.0 era.
Web 3.0 – This will be about semantic web (or the meaning of data), personalization (e.g. iGoogle), intelligent search and behavioral advertising among other things.
If that sounds confusing, check out some of these excellent presentations that help you understand Web 3.0 in simple English. Each takes a different approach to explain Web 3.0 and the last presentation uses an example of a "postage stamp" to explain the "semantic web".