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It was only a matter of time before someone like myself would wonder whether there is (or will be) such a thing as Web 3.0 (being inclined to scout out future technology trends). So I started a Web search and clearly others have been thinking about this to some extent already. Found a really techie definition on Wikipedia, which is only for the true IT type who wants to read about SPARQL and understands the meaning of semantic data. So then I tried Google which returned 16.1 million items. Ok, so let’s try a few.

Found this one, called “the official definition” from Jason Calcanis’ blog; calcanis.com:

“Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform.”

You may like what Jason has to say next, and find it an all-together refreshing notion which can’t trump the lesser stellar hallmarks of Web 2.0 soon enough:

“Also of note, is what Web 3.0 leaves behind. Web 3.0 throttles the “wisdom of the crowds” from turning into the “madness of the mobs” we’ve seen all to often, by balancing it with a respect of experts. Web 3.0 leaves behind the cowardly anonymous contributors and the selfish blackhat SEOs that have polluted and diminished so many communities.”

Then there is a video taken at the  Seoul Digital Forum nearly a year ago (May 2007), where Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Google renders an on-the-spot explanation of Web 3.0. You can watch the 1.5 minute YouTube video but here’s a quick excerpt from it:

My prediction would be that Web 3.0 will ultimately be seen as applications which are pieced together. There are a number of characteristics: the applications are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the applications can run on any device, PC or mobile phone, the applications are very fast and they’re very customizable. Furthermore, the applications are distributed virally: literally by social networks, by email. You won’t go to the store and purchase them… That’s a very different application model than we’ve ever seen in computing.

Whatever Web 3.0 is, or whether it will even come to bear, you can be sure I’ll keep a watchful eye on who is thinking what about it. 

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