The Web 1.0 concept was simple: web pages linking to web pages. Then came Web 2.0 – a powerful movement from web pages to web applications. Web 2.0 applications have evolved into often slick viewports into proprietary or personal collections of information. This means they still primarily house data in silos inaccessible to and disconnected from the larger world, and most importantly, from each other.
But as we approach 2009, the clear outlines of the new web are forming. Some call this next generation the Semantic Web or simply as Web 3.0.
The new web is moving beyond connecting pages to interconnecting data objects, concepts, and things. Ultimately Web 3.0 is really about creating technology that more accurately mirrors how we see and think about the world around us.
But while the future is indeed bright, Web 3.0 is already taking shape today. For example, Facebook has pioneered the concept of the “social graph”, an interconnected web of people “objects” that is gradually becoming more open.
More broadly, the web world has fallen in love with the concept of “mashups” of applications. Though the tools we have been using to create mashups are crude, the concept of tearing down the silos between applications is at the heart of the 3.0 revolution.