Web 3.0?

You probably have already heard about the semantic web. It basically refers to software and online platforms that will be able to learn how the user search, collect and organize information. As a result the semantic web will be able to interact with the users and provide content in a much more intelligent way.

According to an article over TechReview titled “A Smarter Web” the semantic web could be the next big evolution of the Internet, also called Web 3.0:

“The “3.0″ claim is ambitious, casting these new tools as successors to several earlier–but still viable–generations of Net technology. Web 1.0 refers to the first generation of the commercial Internet, dominated by content that was only marginally interactive. Web 2.0, characterized by features such as tagging, social networks, and user-­created taxonomies of content called “folksonomies,” added a new layer of interactivity, represented by sites such as Flickr, Del.icio.us, and Wikipedia.

Analysts, researchers, and pundits have subsequently argued over what, if anything, would deserve to be called “3.0.” Definitions have ranged from widespread mobile broadband access to a Web full of on-demand software services. A much-read article in the New York Times last November clarified the debate, however. In it, John Markoff defined Web 3.0 as a set of technologies that offer efficient new ways to help computers organize and draw conclusions from online data, and that definition has since dominated discussions at conferences, on blogs, and among entrepreneurs.”

Do you agree that Web 3.0 refers to the semantic web?

Update: The Innovating to Win blog just posted an answer to that question here.

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