Everyone is looking for the next big thing when it comes to making some serious dough.
Richard MacCanus at Read/Write Web talks about the Top 10 Future Web Trends that will be occurring in the next 10 years or so.
Personally, I've been focusing on 3-4 already.
Ok, Ok, Ok. Who still thinks Web 2.0 doesn't exist?
If you are still one of those skeptics who think there still isn't a Web 2.0, you're right.
Web 2.0 is still a hazy issue, but Frank Bell from Entrepreneur has provided a great description of what Web 2.0 includes.
Web 2.0 and You provides the main concepts and characteristics that make up a Web 2.0 application or service.
For those who still think there isn't a Web 2.0, wake up and smell the Red Bull!
I'm currently rebuilding DCS Media and I'm thinking about adding a tag cloud to the site. A tag cloud adds a certain "what's popular at-a-glance" view to your audience and a "what is the audience looking at?" to the authors of the site.
Tag clouds aren't specific to a particular industry by any means and provides a great way to see what's important based on the content.
For the technology industry, Mr. O'Reilly made this post about a Web 2.0 tag cloud, which is a great visualization for describing Web 2.0. The tag cloud was built by Andrew Odewahn, the director of the O'Reilly Network, and Tim Allwine, and gives some indication of what Web 2.0 is comprised of.
I'm currently redesigning my site (Yes, I'm a little bit behind schedule) and in the redesign, I'm focusing on a tagging hierarchy.
Yes, a tagging hierarchy. It seems that this is the natural progression of how personal and business sites should flow. Pick a primary category and then select a sub-category (or tag) to view all of the posts for that particular tag.
The Silicon Valley tech gossip rag, Valleywag, has just posted that the term Web 2.0 has completely saturated the market and the era is over.
Sheesh, that was a quick technology burst. Only three years since the term was coined by O'Reilly.
Does anybody have any idea what the next new technology will be? Possibly pre-built middle and backend tiered engines for companies/industries to buy and in-house designers to create the interface? New mobile monitors?
When I first experienced Google Maps, I thought this was a cool idea and started looking through the source going "How did they do that?" (Yes, I'm a geek).
Then I started seeing other sites providing the same type of effect through AJAX. Now, it seems everyone has an API (Application Programming Interface) to their outstanding website.
If you notice, some things are left out of their API. If you find something in one site, but not in another, you need to improvise.
Since O'Reilly has obtained exclusive rights to the Web 2.0 name, they have recently released a Web 2.0 Special Report: Why Web 2.0 Matters and How You Can Make the Most of It.
Now, before you click on that link, I haven't told you the bad news yet.
I'm not knocking O'Reilly at all. I live and die by their books and reference material (You ought to see my bookshelf), but paying almost $400 for a 101 page report is a little steep.
For those who are fighting the term Web 2.0 or believe it doesn't exist, you better let IBM and the University of Arizona know this.
IBM and the University of Arizona created a course that "will teach Management Information Systems and Marketing students to build online communities and social network systems using Web 2.0 technologies."
I think this is a tremendous movement towards not just a widespread acceptance of the term Web 2.0, but also providing the general public with the technical knowledge of what happens out there on the web.