Trends and Insights On Web 3.0

Jan 25, 2010 by

Software applications provider ICON believes that the next generation of the web, or “Web 3.0,″ promises more recommendations, free services, intelligent (semantic) searches, and tailored information. In an effort to heighten awareness about Web 3.0, Gege Gatt, the founder and director of ICON, recently identified some broad trends that are in tune with Web 3.0.

“To put the list in context,” says Gatt, “we’ve identified some broad trends that dominate the new crop… and which are in tune with the next generation of the web… which is no longer random data, but tailored, highly intuitive and delivered in real time.” 

According to Gatt, these trends are:

Maps:

Google doesn’t have a monopoly on innovative mapping. Openstreetmap.org is about people mapping everything from great hiking routes to off-piste ski runs or and wine tours, and it’s mapping the world. It’s a kind of wiki of special interest maps. 

Personal Organizers: 

Many still print out paper when traveling, particularly on business.  Tripit.com solves the travel paper trail by being your personal, full-service travel assistant.  It compiles an itinerary, from transport modes to dinner dates, and adds in weather reports, suggested local attractions and more. Useful, too, for family holiday plans.

Collaboration: 

Slideshare.net is a useful resource for anyone in business seeking the latest thinking on an area of interest and reading it in succinct, generally well-put-together PowerPoint slideshows that are rated and commented on by users. 280slides.com operates in the same field, but is a ‘Cloud’ computing application at its best.  It lets you create, collaborate on, share and store a slide deck on the Cloud (their remote server), so you can access it anywhere in the world.

Audio: 

Audio-visual on the web is seeing new applications each day.  Two that seem to fill a market gap are Songkick.com and Blip.fm Songkick tells where your favorite group’s next gig is based on your music library.  It’s called the world’s biggest concert database, and lets you never miss a gig again.  Meanwhile, Blip.fm is billed as a kind of ‘twitter for music’ as it lets you create a social network based on your music choices and recommendations. 

Social Media Intermediaries: 

There’s an ever-growing range of tools to help make sense of, filter and manage the Twitter world.  Tweetag.com, is billed as a search engine for ‘tweets’.  With millions of people adding content  each day, the Twittersphere is a morass of information and comment, some useful and some useless.  Tweetag helps search tweets for trends.  It also edges towards Web 3.0 semantic search by offering up a tweetag cloud and organizing search results according to whether other Twitterers have ‘re-tweeted’ an idea.

Please click here to see more of the report by Gatt, Adapted from Economic Update, December Issue.

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