In a word, web 3.0 will be: intuitive. Looking past the jargon, web 3.0 is simply the next phase in the future of the internet, where web or mobile apps will be able to interpret, understand, and analyze users’ needs and wants, so as to provide instant, real-time solutions, that are targeted, useful and highly relevant. In other words; it will be quite smart. The word semantic has been used to describe this phenomenon, but I feel that the way the internet has evolved, one concept cannot define the internet at any stage of its life-cycle. As a result, I think it would be better to broadly classify the conceptual categories that exist under each phase of the internet’s evolution as detailed below.
Web 1.0: Search, Information, Research, Shopping, Games
Web 2.0: Social Media, Social Networking, Video Sharing, Blogs & Microblogs, Wikis (Mass Collaboration), Multiplayer Games
Web 3.0: Location Based Services, Intuitive Search, Collaborative Cloud Based Services, Mobile Applications, Niche Social Networks or Social Portals
The most exciting web 3.0 apps that are currently being developed are centered around location based services, with Foursquare, the mobile app that gives users recommendations based on their location, being among the most popular. Other exciting 3.0 apps will be collaborative cloud based entertainment creation services. Essentially, creators and producers of entertainment media content will be able to collaborate to mass produce and distribute content entirely through the internet. Finally, niche social networks will crop up, which will offer users a chance to network within particular domains, to access the most relevant contacts which will increase the speed of communication and search.
A designer in Japan has developed his vision of the future of web and mobile applications in which location aware applications, where devices, when pointed around your environment, can provide you with both historical as well as real-time data and information on the subject of interest.