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Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 March 8, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Semantic Web, Web 2.0.
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Web 2.0 is still alive & kicking but everyone is already focussing on Web 3.0. What is Web 3.0? Well, the old adage is true: a picture is worth a thousand words. With that said, I will let the following images and videos explain the differences between web 2.0 and web 3.0 otherwise known as the Semantic Web.

In the Beginning there was Frontpage
Before comparing Web 2.0 and Web 3.0, it might be helpful to compare Web 1.0 with Web 2.0 first. Here’s an excellent image that does a great job showing the differences:

Here’s a visual comparison of all three: web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0

Here’s a really ambitious image that shows web 1.0 thru web 4.0!

Here are some videos that do a great job covering web 2.0 & web 3.0.
The Machine is Us/ing Us

Here’s a straight forward explanation

Tim O’Reilly’s definition

Tim Berners Lee on Web 3.0/Semantic Web

Digital bazar’s explanation of the Semantic Web

Here’s a video showing the history of web 1.0 to present and beyond to web 4.0!

Final Thoughts:
No matter what the terms or how things are explained, one thing is certain: the future of the Internet and technology is extremely exciting! Things will only continue to evolve into more collaborative and personal ways which is great for everyone on a personal and professional level.
By the way, this isn’t the first time that Web 2.0 was given its last rites! Nicholas Carr called Web 2.0’s time of death on 11/11/06!

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Vizster: Visualizing Social Networks January 12, 2008

Posted by Doriano "Paisano" Carta in Semantic Web, social networks.
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Vizster was a project from 2004 developed by Jeffrey Heer and Danah Boyd that focussed on Visualizing social networks.

I don’t know whatever became of this interesting approach to viewing social networks, but I hope someone continues their impressive groundwork. I have no doubt that we will all see this technology implemented in the Semantic Web (aka web 3D, my term).
Yes, the Semantic Web will be mostly about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and smarter search engines based on more intuitive databases, but I also contend that interactive visualization will be a major component of the future of the web.

Here is a screenshot of Vizster:

Here is their Research paper in PDF format

Seeing is believing. Checkout this short screencast to get a glimpse of the future:

I believe we’ve already started to see various forms of its implementation. Here is an example of one site that I enjoy called MusicMesh that resembles Vizster with visual nodes and links. In this case it connects music artists to their albums and songs along with a mashup of YouTube for the connected musicvideos. Brilliant use of a visual tool and mashups to deliver a unique experience and useful and entertaining result.
Notice how each click delivers numerous “intelligent” changes including: wikipedia entry for the selection, reviews, amazon listings for purchase as well as the music video on YouTube. It also displays other artists it “Thinks” you would be interested in based on your selection. This, my friend, is the heart of the Semantic Web.