It’s a web 2.0 world these days. I never thought I’d use the term so frequently and freely, but it does encapsulate a new culture and way of doing things on the web. Read/Write Web — now my favourite website — has an excellent analysis of what it considers to be the Top 10 Web Trends of the future. Here is the list:

1. Semantic Web
2. Artificial Intelligence
3. Virtual Worlds
4. Mobile
5. Attention Economy
6. Web Sites as Web Services
7. Online Video / Internet TV
8. Rich Internet Apps
9. International Web
10. Personalization

5 Responses to “10 Future Web Trends to watch”
  1. […] The good folks at Read/Write Web (still my most favourite website) had such an outrageous response to their first post on “10 web trends for the future“, that they have come up with ten more — or rather their users have come up with ten more. Some are obvious omissions (hyperlocal) others are a little on the obscure side (Blog reading automatically input into our brain), but never the less interesting. […]

  2. Hi Guy — I’ll agree there is hype and its somewhat of a buzzword at the moment, but I do think there is something to it, but it would only work for countries or cities that have high internet penetration and relative affluence. For example it would be useful to create local-regional social networks based on your location to discuss restaurant service or crime issues in an area… but it’ll work only if there is high penetration.

    …so, as you suggest too, the concept is really based on a high income country scenario — ie enough internet penetration and savvy people in small, local pockets to make it worthwhile…

  3. Hyper-local is more hype than anything else. And it completely misses the fact that folk’s online universes are far, far wider than their parochial neighbourhood.

    No coincidence that the fad originates in the USA where insularity has too often been a reaction to globalisation.

    Quite right that read/write web omits it.

  4. absolutely — those are two very big omissions… especially the “hyper-local” phenomenon which seems to be the new buzzword at the moment…

  5. Read/Write web is one of my favourite sites too. I am really surprised that they didn’t mention virtualisation a la Amazon’s EC2 and S3 services. These are already changing the way web applications are developed and served.

    I also think that another hot future web trend is going to be location based services that know where you are and where your friends and desired items are at any particular moment.

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