Web 3.0

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Web 2.0? Try 3.0
Story Text:

Dan Gillmor becomes the first person to call what we're now seeing happening on the web Web 3.0 in his article about the web as an operating system...

It's a good read. Dan talks about the early days of Web 1.0 as a read-only system, and the still evolving Web 2.0 as a read-write system, then goes on to talk about API's, and picturing the web as a programable OS..

The emerging web is one in which the machines talk as much to each other as humans talk to machines or other humans. As the net is the rough equivalent of a computer operating system, we’re learning how to program the web itself.

An operating system offers programmers something called an "applications programming interface," or API. The APIs are essentially shortcuts for programmers who want to use underlying capabilities of the operating system, such as displaying text or printing, and they help products interoperate with each other.


well then, over a year ago i gave a presentation

- which had us at 3.0 already. Guess i should be blogging if i wanted credit for anything *lol* It's not linear though, it's getting more of a co-existence of different types - some sites are more ahead than others, and some will stay fixed at one stage.

  1. Static web pages
  2. Dynamic web pages (eg. cross-browser)
  3. Dynamic web sites
  4. Intertwined web sites (eg. cross-site)
  5. Multiple-state content delivery (eg. cross-platform)
  6. I'm not sure what to call this one, but "content negociation" comes to mind.
  7. "The web" - for lack of a better word

Note that the word "site" at some point no longer makes sense. Now, should i write a blog, an article, a paper, or a book? *lol*

I thought we were already there too

I tend to look at it like

0.5 Static downloadable files - BBS, FTP, Gopher
1. Static Web Sites - TBLs original formula
2. Dynamic Web Sites - Late 90s
3. Web Applications - Hotmail onwards, Salesforce.com, etc
4. Web Services - XML-RPC/SOAP/Etc Eg. Google/Amazon API
5. Random Access Content delivery - content independant of interface
6. ??

ah, now i see

I forgot to factor in the pre-www days with gopher, ftp etc, so perhaps Dan G means:

1) pre-www
2) www
3) www with web services

In that case, his "3" is only 2.5 imho, as it's still the www, just smarter. If i were to follow that model i would put my #5 or your #5 as "Web 3.0". Guess i should have read the article *lol* I'll just go and do that...

While i do that, here's a link to the Dejavu.org Web Timeline

Back again... it seems he was just talking about talking; me-to-you, you-to-me, machine-to-machine. I know that's really great and wonderful concepts for a lot of bloggers, and they just love to talk about people talking about people talking ... but (as also pointed out in the comments) email and newsgroups came first, and even though both are have been subject to spam beyond belief they're still here.

Sometimes i feel like shouting "wake up" to those blogheads - for chrissake we've had communication all the time, that wasn't something that came with blogs. And no, blogging's not easier than IM or email or usenet either.

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