I would guess that at the beginning of 2007, at least half of the telecom industry either hadn't heard the concept of Web 2.0 or had no idea what the implications might be for telecom. And now, at the end of 2007, after acknowledging how the social networking and peer-to-peer applications of Web 2.0 are affecting bandwidth usage, network management and the development of new applications, I would guess those very same people are probably so sick of the concept they never want to hear of it again. Well, just when you thought it was safe to go back online, here comes Web 3.0.
Web 3.0 is described by Internet founder Tim Berners-Lee as the "semantic Web," the phase wherein natural language becomes the norm for online searches, allow for more specific, automated information gathering.
- see the San Jose Mercury News column published in The Seattle Times
- Berners-Lee also likes the social graphing concept