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Evolution of the Web

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The internet, and technology in general, has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Computers were originally used mainly for researching and storing data. Nowadays, the World Wide Web is used as both an educational and social tool. Current Web 2.0 revolves around user generated content, social media, social networking, blogs, and more. It is a highly interactive experience. It is hard to imagine how much further the internet will develop and grow in the future to become even more personalized.

Web 3.0 is on the horizon and is predicted to be “our very own personal assistant.” The search engine capabilities it will possess will be tailored to fit the individual needs and preferences of each user. Web 3.0 will be able to remember the likes and dislikes of each user and will provide them with results specific to their desires. I read an example of Web 3.0 searching that will be able to store information from past searches about what kind of food a person likes and where they are, and then give them restaurant names in their results that are specific to the researcher’s location and taste, along with directions on how to get there. Overall, I believe that there are both positive and negative effects that will come from Web 3.0. Its highly advanced features such as “mashups,” will automatically give googlemaps results when we search out sites for different stores, restaurants, and other destinations.  This application, along with its immense research capabilities, 3D viewing, and more, will be useful, educational, and entertaining to the public. However, I anticipate that by making everything SO much easier, Web 3.0 will contribute to society’s dependence on technology, inability to disconnect, and laziness.  The following link is to a video regarding the web evolution:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsNcjya56v8&feature=related

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Written by lsacco

May 13, 2010 at 8:40 pm

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