Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0

The buzzword to define the 00’s, it’s all about the web 2.0 but what the hell does that actually mean – it really depends on who you are and how far your technological grey matter runs!  Not to mention that pretty much anybody on the web has a completely different opinion of what that term means. -As a side note, to most people I have asked it means gradients, blue and green and some funky transitions.

I think that there is a simple way to define the 3 states of the web, but I don’t want to look at it from a design point of view, rather a developer point of view. If you really think about it, it boils down to data manipulation and how we as an internet using public use that information.

The original internet (for this purpose 1990 onward) relied on static websites, made of that wonderfull old table based HTML (which served it purpose well). Pages created offline and then uploaded for the masses to enjoy. Only the largest sites on the web were using large databases, and MySQL, PHP and the whole LAMP setup was not as prevalent as it is today.

Web 2.0 (for this purpose 2002 onward) was about dynamism (is that even a word?), the abilty to read but also reply to a web page. Static information made dynamic by the masses inputting their own unique views. Think of the rise of site like digg, myspace, facebook, reddit, youtube, wikipedia – all sites that display information but additionally let users not only add their own data but manipulate the data already present on the site.

Web 3.0 (sometime around 2009/10 I would think) is about bringing the internet away from a heavy reliance of web data and localising that data on your internet device. I would hope that in a few years everyone will enjoy a permenant connection to the mobile net. I already have my iPhone, and admittedly, having the ‘whole’ internet in my pocket has had insurmountable benefits. Think of Google Gears and you’ll have a rough idea where we’re heading.

We basically gone through the 3 states of a set of file privileges – Web 1 (R), Web 2 (WR), Web 3 (WRX) or is that just me?

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