When the first creators and developers of internet communication started to produce connections between different computers, the never came to realize how this new process, very common for people in today’s world, will enhance a deep impact on the way communication is seen today. Taking this into account we find then that the use of internet can be divided into various platforms and usages. We find in first place what is called Web1.0, secondly the platform Web2.0 and finally the latest stage which is Web3.0. This post will deal with the concepts on those three points the internet use is seen and used nowadays.
As said before, we find first the Web 1.0 platform. It was commonly used by the 1980’s and was intended to give access to internet consumers of the huge amount of information that the means can give. Called as static ones, the websites available has no connection between the internet consumers and the actual site. This fact produced that “the vast majority of users simply acted as consumers of content” Cormode and Krishnamurthy(2008) rather than interactive participants with the website. Since any participation was given to visitors, they can’t be a content creator either, so internet access was not very interactive in deed.
The fact that a great deal of “technological aids have been created to maximize the potential” of internet use and the role of “content creation” and information interchanging Cormode and Krishnamurthy (2008), make to arises the Web2.0 platform. It has been created to give internet usage a more “democratic nature”. It is a commonly used term to bring into everyday issues various novel phenomena on the World Wide Web.
There is a significant shift in Internet traffic as a result of a dramatic increase in the usage of Web 2.0 sites. This usage is going to produce later on Web 3.0, according to some people connected to the internet world.
The 3.0 platform will be an improvement in the respect that it will still contain Web 2.0 properties while continuing to add to its ever expanding lexicon and library of applications. There are some who claim that Web 3.0 will be more application based and center its efforts towards more graphically capable environments. Web 3.0 then will primarily focus on dramatically improving the functionality and usability of search engines. An important factor that users must continue to keep in mind is that the transition to Web 2.0 from "Web 1.0" took approximately ten years. Given the same time frame, this next transition will not be complete until around the year 2015 (en.wikipedia.org).
Cormode, G. and Krishnamurthy, B. (2008) Key Differences between Web1.0 and Web2.0 [on line document] February 13th Available at: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/pdf. [Resource consulted 2011 May 29th]
Semantic Web [on line wiki] Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org.wiki/Semantic_Web#Web_3.0. [Resource consulted 2011 May 26th]
“It includes the growth of social networks, bi-directional communication, various ‘glue’ technologies, and significant diversity in content types and also a platform on which innovative technologies have been built and a space where users are treated as first class objects with a variety of popular social networks such as Facebook, MySpace, etc where participants are as important as the content they upload and share with others” Cormode and Krishnamurthy(2008) p.3