Web 3.0

July 21, 2006

I don’t want to be a part of the web 2.0 revolution. Screw 2.0 I want Web 3.0. The internet that is sharable. A social internet. Think Myspace meets (among better design) AIM, meets Skype, meets XBox Live, meets Flickr, meets Youtube, meets Digg, meets Flock.

With a twist.

Lew found this, for lack of a better term, thing, called Browser For Two. I won’t lie, it looks ugly. It’s based on IE, and it isn’t free. However, it has one feature that puts it in it’s own category; it is social browsing embodied.

Think of it this way, say you want to show a buddy some sites you like. How do you do it now? You go to the site, copy the URL, open up an IM conversation with the person, and then paste and send the link.

What would TRUE social browsing be like? How could it be implemented? Imagine this: You are browsing some sites, and you decide that John Q should check out all the tabs you have open. So you go into your browser’s friend list, and you see John Q is online. You set an option, “Share my browsing session with this user” and John Q gets pinged with a notice that you want to surf the web with him. He accepts, and all of your open tabs are opened up on his computer. As you navigate to other pages, it is mirrored on John Q’s machine.

This is a programmers nightmare, I’m sure. NetMeeting meets Flock. Ridiculous security issues to take into account. But it would, quite literally, change the way people use the internet. It would keep folks like me busy filing and testing bugs for hours on end, but you have to admit, it would be revolutionary.

What brings all this up? Gandalf. Not the wizard, but Zbigniew Braniecki, head localization (translation) guru for Flock. In his latest blog post he writes:

So, let me just give you a tips, we’re working on idea of what we call People. We want you to be able to see your friends activity, no matter where. To be able to open a tab and see your friend photo, last blog posts, pictures, IM conversations, emails. Imagine so way more powerful vCard, live updating with recent signals of activity, and last bits of communication with you both. We want to extend our favorites manager, so you can spend less time on managing your data, and be able to find what you need with minimum effort.

stream of thoughts » Next Flock

There will be some massive steps foward with Flock in the coming months, I believe. It’s important not to overhype or overpromise anything at this point. But man, the future is coming, and it looks nifty!

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