Archive for July, 2007
Just when most techs could barely stand being marginalized under the 2.0 meme, the 3.0 is now here and alive. 2.0 was about the democratization of the web. 3.0 seems to be getting tagged (no pun) as the semantic web where all content is tagged with meaning and more accessible. I still feel that is too esoteric, and really a variation on the 2.0 theme. I’d like to see a bigger definition to this “third wave”. I see web 3.0 as ubiquity, the end of isolating devices and access to the web to all. Mobile devices, game boxes, telephones, PCs, Mac, mp3s and TV sets. In fact, it spells the end of the analog vs digital era in entertainment. 3.0 should be the untethering of human beings to devices and the freeing up of access to all knowledge and tools wherever you are. Platforms that cross devices unhampered (there are already many), content that follows you on command.
Alas, the semantic web may win out as 3.0 and perhaps ubiquity will be relegated to 4.0. But truly, the latter is a bigger wave.