Wow, so I am a part of web 2.0. Seems cool enough, for a long time the meaning behind this term escaped me and to be honest, it annoyed me.
What was all this web 2.0 compliant crap that I was reading everywhere? Turns out I was a part of it, go figure. I do admit that it does give me a better feeling to have a grasp on the applications of web 2.0 and the possibilities that it presents although currently a lot of what can be done is being done and is being exhausted.
Here I go…hop on Facebook and update my status. What’s that, someone has replied to my status. I’ll write on their wall. Look at that, someone I don’t know likes my wall comment. I’ll add them as a friend. Hey, my new friend has commented on my earlier stauts update. I’ll write on their wall. User driven content is what makes web 2.0 so versatile in a way (as what I have understood) and the Facebook networking example is only a mere reference to capabilties and conventions.
Delving more into web 2.0 you get a sense of what is next? What can possibly follow on from Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, even eBay? (you may wonder why I left out the likes of YouTube and MySpace, personally, I think the buzz surrounding those two sites are dead, especially MySpace).
Visualise this if you will - a new way of being personable online with the creative and customisation output of MySpace, the connectivity and outreach of Facebook and the workflow and adaptability of Twitter - this could very well be a future web trend as many try to understand where web 2.0 stands and is heading at this point in time, others even offer the debate as to what the global economic crisis means for the web. Read: What’s Next After Web 2.0 - Richard MacManus
The web is both strong and delicate and how information is created, stored and reviewed is both critical in its upkeep and advancement. What I have found is that 2.0 presents opportunities for people to be heard and for ideas to get off the ground and although I like change as much as the next person, is the web to change so much that it will not be able to be controlled? Furthermore, who will control it? These are questions I find I ask myself as a future media producer about to enter the wonderful, volatile and expansive world of design and communication.
Being web 2.0 compliant seems like a dull statement at this point in time and I cannot understand why others employ that statement on their websites - it sounds as though you are adhering to a direct order with no choice of advancement rather than attempting to push the boundaries and stand out, afterall isn’t it about users and growth?
One such website that is adapting to future trends is Meebo (I cannot grasp these quirky names like Zongo, Bebo and Twirler as such) but what makes Meebo interesting is that it captures a new way of communication. At present it combines the use of various communication tools in one local spot - these include: Facebook, MySpace, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, AIM, Yahoo Chat and Jabber - this is perhaps the closest attempt at my previous mentioned visualisation of a future trend of ‘localised connectivity’. Visit Meebo.com
It cannot be considered web 3.0 (a little inadequate for such a title, maybe) but it borders on 2.1 (although the web is not released in stages like software) and it provides for a little more of an exciting outlook.
I find it interesting as to the future outlook of the web and how others see it as becoming automated along the lines of the term ‘semantic web 3.0’ - ideas such as a self updating web space, integration into everyday living (grocery ordering fridges via web connection), and even the way too futuristic; direct from web to brain post updates, bypassing RSS. Read: 10 More Future Web Trends - Richard MacManus.
For the time being, web 2.0 is here to stay and despite my not so enthusiastic feel about it, I do commend its applications - how else would I be able to buy online and have it delivered from the UK? How would I be able to communicate with friends in realtime and share pics? How would you view cleaner and crisper content? I guess that without being heavily involved in it, it may seem to move too slowly for me but the current stage and future possibilities of the web present both hard and excitable times. It is what it is and what it is not it could be.
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