Web 3.0: When Web Sites Become Web Services by Read/Write/Web gives us more than a glimpse into the future of websites and blogs – Web 3.0 is being build here and now. Are you paying attention?
Today’s Web has terabytes of information available to humans, but hidden from computers. It is a paradox that information is stuck inside HTML pages, formatted in esoteric ways that are difficult for machines to process. The so called Web 3.0, which is likely to be a pre-cursor of the real semantic web, is going to change this. What we mean by ‘Web 3.0′ is that major web sites are going to be transformed into web services – and will effectively expose their information to the world.
The transformation will happen in one of two ways. Some web sites will follow the example of Amazon, del.icio.us and Flickr and will offer their information via a REST API. Others will try to keep their information proprietary, but it will be opened via mashups created using services like Dapper, Teqlo and Yahoo! Pipes. The net effect will be that unstructured information will give way to structured information – paving the road to more intelligent computing.
One of the biggest issues facing bloggers in a Web 3.0 world is site scraping, grabbing content from other sites and blogs to use on other websites and blogs. The scrapers are getting smarter, working within the fine lines of copyright law and fair use, but content servers are coming at the web hard and fast, grabbing content from anywhere and everywhere they can get it. It is getting harder to find original content, and to protect what is rightfully yours. The ignorant mentality of “if it’s on the web, it’s free for the taking” is winning ground.
How will this impact bloggers?
As websites, those static billboards representing businesses around the world, become more and more interactive, where does that leave bloggers? How can we compete?
Will blogging be swallowed up into websites, or will it find a face of its own? Or will it lead the way?
What do you think?
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