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Web 2.0; the All-encompassing, Ubiquitous, and Dying Term

January 22, 2009 Leave a comment

 

Web 2.0 is dying.  Simply by the fact that it is a term used to describe the state of the web at a certain time in history.  This term was a quickly contrived marketing buzz word to describe the so-called slick websites.  As time goes on, it’s safe to say a new term, probably Web 3.0 (let’s pray this doesn’t happen), will be coined and ubiquitously accepted to describe the state of the web after the current web 2.0 era is deemed no more.  As many argue, we shouldn’t use such foolish terms, but I’ll get into that later.  First, let’s explore the infamous term that really got things started.  So what the hell is web 2.0 exactly?

We can start be looking at the web today.  We have data driven websites that thrive on participation, data that is extractable, viewable, and mash-able, behind the scenes and seemingly automatic updates, slick easy-to-use interfaces, and cross-platform websites for increasingly diverse devices (mobile and non-mobile.)  That all sounds really great and it is.  Most of these ideas will probably stick around for a long time at a fundamental level and will probably change ever so slightly to accommodate new technologies and faster internet speeds.  So then, web 2.0 is not so dead…?

But the term most certainly needs to be.  Famous bloggers scoff at the ridiculous nature of the ubiquitous moniker, describing it more as a marketing scheme that may or may not have slowed down the evolution of the internet into something else, something better.  Let’s be honest, the internet thrives on competition.  Who can make the better website, or who can make a larger more powerful, more practical database… and the list goes on.  The real question – who can better prepare for future technologies, or future consumer demand?  The fact is, using the term web 2.0 to describe an all-encompassing internet is almost idiotic and inhibits this desire to make a better web.  With every scheming, profit-hungry investment banker looking solely at web 2.0 technologies, how can we push webolution?  Even though we can try to understand the term, we cannot simply try to bottle up everything we see.  The web is more complex than that.  These terms will start to seem ridiculous… right now we have to have a new one every 10 years, then will it be 5, 2…?  I’m not sure the internet could change that fast and that much, but the future is always full of surprises.  I can only hope we (the human race) can comprehend the complexity of the web consistently during its entire lifespan, past, present, and future.  Before too long, it might just spiral out of control. 

A sudden realization – this fear is the only reason the term was coined…

So then, what surprises can we look for in the future (call it web 3.0 if your bleeding heart wishes it to be so) of the web?  Seriously, that was a joke.  Anyways, back on the topic…  What can we look forward to?  Faster internet speeds (everyone might switch to t1, t3, fiber optics), more optimization, more data, more content, more user ability, the growth of the application, plug-in, more obtainable and controllable data by the user (let ME get a crack at the company’s databases!), more devices, more automatic updates (everything centered around the internet should be updatable, otherwise competition will destroy it), more open source productions (FUCK Copyright, FUCK Censorship!) and more and more and more!

So what’s the point?  I feel like we are all born neo-conservative in nature.  Take a step back and let change prosper.  And speaking of nature, think of the web as a vast body of water filled with all the sea creatures you could find during a Google (anyone use Yahoo anymore…?) image search.  We don’t need to throw a net over the entire gambit of diverse species.  God forbid if one made a breakthrough! 

Oh, and they didn’t call it web 3.0…

Peace, keeping surfing,

Christopher “TheGreatG33b3r” Smith

Here are the sources I looked at and in the order I looked at them…

http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_2.0

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_3.0

http://www.vanderwal.net/random/entrysel.php?blog=1763