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Web 3.0 — really?

November 6, 2007

Web 2.0 is a marketing term, and I think you’ve just invented Web 3.0.

But if I were to guess what Web 3.0 is, I would tell you that it’s a different way of building applications… My prediction would be that Web 3.0 will ultimately been 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. Futhermore, 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.

That was the CEO of google. The quote is from Wikipedia, a web 2.0 site. In my opinion, Web 2.0 isn’t a marketing term. It’s the term for a loosely associated group of websites that help to facilitate sharing. One can debate that, but that was my theory.

Web 3.0 is merely the manner in which sharing is facilitated. It recognizes that sharing isn’t only web based. It’s cell phones, PDAs, MP3 players. It’s your fridge. It’s anything connected to the world wide web. It’s cool.

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