When the Web 2.0 term was conceptualized in the late 1990s, technology was extremely different from what we have on the market today. Laptops weren’t even that common when the ideas for Web 2.0 started to work their way into the internet. In a matter of a little over 10 years, our technology has drastically changed.
The internet improved in speed, computers got cheaper, and laptops became more abundant. Then along came the smart phone which revolutionized the way people interact online. Of course, all of these changes helped boost social media to web dominance. Social media and user-generated content are a big part of the Web 2.0 movement, and they’ve certainly done their own part to make those years-old predictions true.
Recently, the internet is experiencing a new change. As Adrian Kinglsey-Hughes reports for ZDNet, “37 percent of consumers who used to access content on their PCs have switched to using their tablets and smartphones.” We’re now entering an even more mobile and more accessible internet age than ever before.
New sections of the population will find it easier to use phones and tablets to access the internet. No doubt these people will find their way to social media, helping the user-generated side of the net grow even more significantly.
As this trend continues, there will be plenty of opportunities for businesses and services to take advantage of the new technology that people are accessing content on the web with. Tablets and phones will only continue to get more advanced and more capable of experiencing the internet in the same manner as a powerful desktop PC can. In fact, most of them already can do that.
With all of these new technology changes, it’s no surprise that there is already information appearing online based on the idea of Web 3.0. No one is quite sure where the web will head next, but no one is certain just yet that the web has made the most out of the ideas which form the Web 2.0 movement. There might still be more to come.