Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, …

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I recently saw a short (but sweet) interview of Sir Timothy Berners-Lee by Robert Scoble. Sir Tim was talking about his view of Web 3.0 and the new things that are coming out (SPARKLE, a way to export your friends’ details to different social networking, The Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI), …) and I’m dying to see his lectures now.

So let’s talk a bit of the web and it’s evolution.

Initially God (Sir Tim in our case) invented the Web and it was good. It began slowly then boum exploded and exponentially progressed to what we commonly refer to now as Web 1.0. But Web 1.0 was quite static and we (Internauts) were mere observers!

Then came Web 2.0 with Ajax, Wikis, Blogs, RSS, Social Networking,… and suddenly power shifted hands and we Internauts were given the power! The web has exploded and we now have millions of sites, and also, we now need to remember several different passwords (mails, many sites require us to register,…) and also we need to fill in the same information over and over again each time we register to a site.

Web 3.0 (from what I’ve gathered) is supposedly going to be about meaning, meaning of information, semantics: the web is full data but they are all disjoint and as such do not make much sense. The World Wide Web Consortiums is already working in that direction and SPARQL (a sort of SQL for the Web) is going to help us in that endeavour. Also Web 3.0 should also help us with solving our Virtual Multiple Personality Disorder (20 or more different logins and passwords) and cure the insatiable thirst of website for knowing about us!

But the web is now so massive that we must be very careful, else it will devour us. So the WSRI has been setup to “to examine the World Wide Web and offer the practical solutions needed to help guide its future use and design”. Of course, the web is now about people and will be about people but some guidance won’t cause any harm.

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As a final note, I’d just like to comment on the title of this post Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0,… According to many “pundits” it’s a marketting term that doesn’t mean anything!

2 responses to “Web 1.0, Web 2.0, Web 3.0, …

  1. all 3 versions suffer from
    1. lack of bandwidth @ users’ side
    2. reliance on client-side code (Grr…)
    3. the middle finger showed to W3C when it comes to standards. What’s with HTML5? Why not go for XHTML? – for e.g

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    Web 3.0 (from what I’ve gathered) is supposedly going to be about meaning, meaning of information, semantics: the web is full data but they are all disjoint and as such do not make much sense. The World Wide Web Consortiums is already working in that direction and SPARQL (a sort of SQL for the Web) is going to help us in that endeavour. Also Web 3.0 should also help us with solving our Virtual Multiple Personality Disorder (20 or more different logins and passwords) and cure the insatiable thirst of website for knowing about us!
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    SQL for the web -> ok. (as if nobody gives a f*** about the current use of XML)

    solve the 30 or more passwords and username -> great! unification (recall – RealID) = easy tracking

    insatiable thirst of website for knowing about us! -> Paradox. + it’s never going to happen. E.g Social Networking Sites

    N’uff said.

  2. ok, i did not have enough – ‘coz your blog seems inactive and i love the topic! i’m deep in the field and web 3.0 is interests me a lot (though i don’t think it exists)

    hey pascal, i know you do computer vision and are knowledgeable in web design and in both client and server side scripting.

    Don’t you see that the web 3.0 will not be defined by SPARQL and all the above but by a war between client side and server side scripting? I believe we had one earlier but it was not really a war. But right now – people want offline web applications (e.g google docs and gmail) but (there is a but) – will such code rely on new scripting language (or the comeback of old ones) on client or server side? I know that an equilibrium will be reached but still – the war is imminent. I’m an advocate of server side scripting (not because i’m lazy) but because of security and frustration (when it comes to standards issues related to browsers).
    I do hope that Web 3.0 (if it exists – heck, we may never even notice, it’s here) will mark the rise of Adobe. Check out Flex (the nexus of client and server side conflicts IMHO) – toy with it and report back.

    Good evening, Pascal🙂

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