Apr 3, 2007

Web 2.0 ==Bug fixing of Web 1.0???

I was very busy for last few months and couldn't able to blog... Now I think is the best time to talk about the "reality" of Web 2.0, as the buzz meter has gone down and reality is emerging...
Note: I don't read much in to the names like web 2.0...what ever, i am fine.

I look at the evolution of web like this:
Web 1.0: 1995-2005 (Origin)
Web 2.0: 2005-2010 (Intermediary)
Web 3.0:2010-2020 (2nd Generation)

We all know about web 1.0 and let's leave it there... If you look at Web 2.0, closely from a user perspective, it's bringing 'better experience' than Web 1.0.
There are 2 enabling factors: "broadband everywhere" & "fat pc"(fast CPU + more memory).
If I look from an engineering perspective(bottom-up), Web 2.0 is fixing the Web 1.0 bugs and this is a natural thing...nothing unusual. In the software engineering, as soon as we release any 1.0 product, the next thing is to go in to "bug fixing" mode to release a Service Pack or 1.1. In fact, many times 1.1 is the actual software that customer will use it in production. 1.0 is for to play with or to understand the product...

Let's take a look at some examples to compare Web 1.0 & Web 2.0:
HTML static mail -- AJAX automatic refresh mail
Mapquest -- Google Maps
Groups -- Social Networks
& many others...

This doesn't mean that Web 2.0 is bad and in fact it's good.(when is fixing bugs are bad?) The bug fix also involves innovation and there are lot's of healthy innovation going on now...It's very good for the web industry.

So, what's next? Is it Web 3.0? I don't bother much about the names... It's going to be "mobile". Current web is build primarily for the PC/Browser interface and it will change. The 2nd generation is about extending/creating the interface to Mobile and it will bring lot's of challenges and opportunities.

IMO, "Mobile Web" is the next wave in the web and already many ground works are happening now, including the standards work.
Here is Bill Joy's forward looking presentation and its worth listening to it:
Long live Web!


At 4/03/2007 5:08 PM, Anonymous Sramana Mitra said...

I have developed my own definition of Web 3.0, and differ on the viewpoint that Semantic Web would be the essence of the next generation of the Internet. Please read this: Web 3.0 = (4C + P + VS). And for a series of examples, you can see my analysis of the Personal Finance category from a Web 3.0 perspective.

At 4/03/2007 6:14 PM, Blogger Uday said...

Thanks for your comments and you have an interesting view for web 3.0.
I agree that semantic web is important but if i see from a practial evolution perspective, "mobile" will play a major role in the 2nd generation of web, aka web 3.0.



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