Web 3.0: Now More Hoaxy

Today, Michael posted a link to a Canadian blog who described one of the reasons that Web 3.0 will fail. I agree that greed and closed systems will cause the downfall of what has been coined as “Web 3.0”.

There’s a more fundamental reason, though. “Web 2.0,” as a term, was coined after the movement was already… well… in motion. The public started responding to certain types of websites. Those websites had certain similarities. They were successful (some of them anyway) because they responded to what excited people.

To quote the Wikipedia entry, Web 3.0 has been described as “the evolution of Web usage and interaction that includes transforming the Web into a database.” I could be wrong, but I don’t think that databases are the most exciting thing in the world to your average web user.

Open message to the web: Stop trying to define the future of the web. You don’t know where the natural evolution will take it. Instead, try making the current web a better place for everyone.


  • Stii says:

    I have to disagree. The natural evolution of the web is currently being dictated by the big players. And they are refusing to adopt to new technologies like microformats and OpenID since it does not fit into their greater scheme of things. It is on us to inform people what can be done in future, since “they that rule” won’t. Will be successfull? That remains to be seen…

  • Dan says:

    I don’t think that microformats and OpenID are bad ideas, I just think that the next “version” of the web will take everyone by surprise in a few years. Something will excite the people using the web and it’ll cause an explosion of innovation, like with Web 2.0. Trying to define it now seems purely artificial. We can’t bend the evolution of the web to our agendas.

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