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Friday, August 12, 2011

www. Turns "20". What's next?

No one knew that the invention of World Wide Web around twenty years ago by Tim Berners-Lee would make such a mark in most individual's life globally. It has brought a revolutionary mark in human history. He started with a simple design of a website with few hyperlinks and some text to describe a project and fundamentally changed the world.

The initial stage did not gain momentum, but gradually the power of the internet went on in the fingertips of users, quite literally. According to a report by Netcraft, there were 215,675,903 websites with domain names and content on them in February 2009. This shows the spreading web of the World Wide Web over the world. Web has already brought the world on a single and small platform. We are now able to share our thoughts and views at the touch of a finger through instant messaging and video chat. So, what is next? Where is this World Wide Web marching? 

The Semantic Web will be the next phase of web. It will see metadata, designed to be read by machines rather than humans. Lee coined the term by describing it as a web of data that can be processed directly and indirectly by machines. The giant global graph of linked data will allow apps to automatically create new meaning from all the information out there. The search engine might become more apt and devised to understand our search requirements and show the exact result. We might not require keep on dragging the page to find the answer to our questions.

Web has transformed the way people see the world, their purchasing behavior and many more. With their busy schedule, population in the Tier II and III cities are inclining more towards online purchase. Your smart phone is the best example. Web has provided you the power to experience the three-dimensional feel of a product advertisement as if you are watching it live making the buying experience livelier.

However, may be the future of web holds a lot more than this. Imagine of getting live traffic information from the local roads, getting information about vacant seat from the train itself, plants sending you email asking to water them, all the legal formalities required for a business might be done over email. These are mere thoughts. The web might gift us much more. 

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