OK…you always wanted to ask (but thought you should already know) but, “Just what is Web 2.0?…And now there’s a Web 3.0 – what’s the difference between them?” The term, Web 2.0 (for the Internet) and 3G Networks (for cell phone service) refers to the next generation of applications and software available on the Internet or Network including but not limited to – file sharing, blogs, tags, bookmarking, social networks, and of course searching for a specific person, place, or thing on the plethora of search-engines now available. According to Sharon Housley’s article on RSS Specifications:
Simply put, Web 2.0 is a perceived transition of the web to web applications. Web 2.0 is the next generation of technology solutions where interactive content is the norm. There is no agreement on exactly what Web 2.0 means, depending on who you are speaking with, you may receive different explanations. At it’s heart, Web 2.0 is about the maturity of the Web and businesses that are thriving online. While many refer to Web 2.0 as companies that employ powerful web technologies, the key components of the new web are said to include: the web as a platform, collaboration, and syndication.
It took us a while to find, use, and disseminate all all the information regarding Web 2.0 all the while just trying to find our way around the WWW. Some of us prevailed, some gave up, and some have take things to the next level of progress. Is Web 3.0 just and extension of Web 2.0 as Tim O’Reilly sees it, or does it stand to be the third generation of web applications breaking boundaries, opening vast market opportunities, and boldly exploring areas no man has gone before. (OK..sorry…just thinking of Star Track for a moment!). So, what does Web 3.0 have to offer? Oh my friends……so much it will take me forever to list the implications of Web 3.0 and how it will break all previous boundaries of business and doing business on the Internet.
- Natural language processing
- Machine-based learning and reasoning
- Intelligent applications,
- and tailoring searches to respond to user preferences and needs.
In addition Cho ventures further to say, Web 3.0 is about “Openness” and the ability to run applications on any device, whether it be a computer mobile phone, accessing one HUGE database so to speak. So are we “opening” ourselves up for more identity theft? This too, has been is part of a growing market of problems associated with Web 2.0. Hopefully, through the following applications Identity Theft will become less an issue. (Let’s keep our fingers crossed on that one!)
- Open identity
- Open reputation
- The ability for roaming portable identity and personal data.
The first stage, Web 1.0, was about connecting information and getting on the net. Web 2.0 is about connecting people […] The next stage, Web 3.0, is staring now. It is about representing meanings, connecting knowledge, and putting these to work in ways that make our experience of internet more relevant, useful and enjoyable. Web 4.0 will come later. It is about connecting intelligences in a ubiquitous Web where both people and things reason and communicate together.