Evolution of the Internets

As I was working on my own remix to the Chocolate Rain song last night, I pondered on what the next big thing will be that the intarwebs will bring to us. The first obvious boom was social networking, and it was quite prominent before MySpace ever existed. In fact, MySpace captured all the great things that these social network hubs touted, and evolved them into the mass that we see today. The same thing happened with blogs, online video, podcasts… After all this, what’s next?

The internet is nothing short of being an alternate reality for our livelihoods. We all work, communicate and entertain in some capacity by using it. It’s doubtful that we will ever be tired of the internet, and all the greatness that it has grown to be. And it’s obvious that there are certain virtual endeavors (read: MMORPG) that succeed, and many that fail miserably (um… Second Life?). Perhaps little fads will pop up here and there, but the question at hand still stands before us.

It seems that the next logical step will be the methods of how the ‘net is delivered to us. Web applications have hit a plateau, and we mostly see clones of other sites scattered everywhere. Little, by little, more devices are starting to integrate internet access. New devices, means new ways to interact online. If one was so inclined, it’s even possible to surf the web while catching a wave.

Some devices have achieved a state of ridiculous irony. Take Helio, for example; by partnering with MySpace, their selling point is to be able to do social networking on the go. You can even go as far as to track others via GPS. So in other words, instead of venturing out into the real world, where you can meet others in person, you can hide behind your phone and meet people electronically. It’s even possible to spy on your friends. Great.

So my question is, how do you think the internet is going to evolve in the next few years?


~ by zooloo on August 15, 2007.

6 Responses to “Evolution of the Internets”

  1. Good question, but I think the next few years will mostly be fine tuning the avenues of web surfing and getting into more devices at an affordable price. Getting online through your car dash for example.

    BOSCT is THE next big thing. Watch out surfers of them there internets.

  2. There’s been a lot of talk about this subject and the term “Web 3.0” shows up a lot. We’re currently riding high on the Web 2.0 bubble, which is defined by content rich sites capable of managing information at the client level (no page refreshes) and a common design aesthetic. Web 3.0 is defined differently depending on who you ask. Some say it has to do with bandwidth increases, which will in turn enable multimedia rich experience (full IPTV, etc.) while others say it’s more about the demystification of development for the average user. You can see the tips of these icebergs now in various places, like Joost for the Tv-on-the-web experience and with the different efforts around creating web mashups (Yahoo’s pipes, Microsoft’s PopFly, Coghead, Ning and others.)

    On the whole, though, the interweb is still relatively young, so I think we’re far from capping out it’s potential.

  3. good point, and it’s how i feel about where we stand today versus how the future will unfold. i still think there’s little room for innovation. IPTV is actually a perfect example of this; while we await new methods of streaming media (video), it’s still the same type of content in the end.

    perhaps the next step up for web multimedia is to tie in video with interaction. there is a project out there that’s testing the waters around this called “justin.tv”. it’s a site dedicated to what the founder refers to as lifecasting; where he walks around with a camera strapped to his head, and everyone on the net is able to watch his life 24/7. so far, they’ve succeeded in building a following of lifecasters and audience members, and it’s somewhat interesting to watch complete strangers in a voyeuristic fashion.

    some of it is mostly boring. mostly..

  4. Virtual Reality, man! (whoops, slipped back into 1993 for a second there)

    This is the big question, isn’t it? The person who can answer this question is the next multi-millionaire.

    I think multimedia is the next big expansion. Other than that, probably location-based web services – things like search engines offering you specialized results based on an assumed location from your IP address. This I think will expand into other services, and rely on a) more accurate locating technology and b) mobile devices that can provide accurate locations. This stuff is in its infancy compared to where it can go.

    I have to disagree that Second Life is a flop. The user base on that is small compared to some things, but they get pretty die-hard. Although I’ve been seeing less and less about it and heard it is turning to suck.

  5. agreed, whoever can raise the bar is bound to become the next successful entrepreneur on the internet.

    with second life, it’s not a total failure, per se. i’m speaking in terms of where the game stands today versus a couple years ago. the idea [initially] was great, and allowed denizens to do whatever they pleased. but i feel that this freedom is where it ultimately falters, and so is the case in it’s slow burn to becoming another old, internet fad.

  6. Wired just had an article about how Second Life is essentially a failure as far as using it as a model for advertising and as a place for companies to establish a “virtual” presence. The thing’s a ghost town…

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