People have started to ask me "what is Web 3.0?" As with most of you I have no idea what to expect Web 3.0 to be, but if I had to guess it would be Web applications that can be taken offline in an instant. For example, you’re about to leave for a long trip and you want access to your email while you’re on the plane. All you would have to do it pull up Gmail, hit a button, and you would instantly be taken offline without needing to wait for any sort of synchronization to complete.
Eric Schmidt, Google’s Chairman and CEO, attended the SEOUL Digital Forum this year. A reporter asked if he could define Web 3.0 since we already know what Web 2.0 is. The first thing Schmidt said was that "Web 2.0 is a marketing term, and I think you just invented Web 3.0." While that is a clever response, he didn’t leave the guy hanging. Here’s what Schmidt thinks the definition of Web 3.0 is:
Web 3.0 will ultimately be seen as applications that are pieced together. There are a number of characteristics: the applications are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the applications can run on any device (PC or mobile phone), the applications are very fast and they are very customizable. And further more the applications are distributed by virus…essentially virally. Literally by social networks or by email. You won’t go to the store and purchase them.
Here is a video of his response at the forum:
It’s hard to imagine where the Internet is going to be 10-years from now. It amazes me how fast the Internet has evolved over the last 10-years into an informational source that is incomparable to anything else.
What do you think Web 3.0 is going to be, and what’s the Internet going to be like in 10-years?