Press "Enter" to skip to content

Web 3.0: It just had to happen

It just had to happen. Someone had to “define” Web 3.0. And it wasn’t just an ordinary someone. It happened to be Eric Schmidt the CEO of Google.

According to Read/WriteWeb, Schmidt “said that while Web 2.0 was based on Ajax, Web 3.0 will be “applications that are pieced together” – with the characteristics that the apps are relatively small, the data is in the cloud, the apps can run on any device (PC or mobile), the apps are very fast and very customizable, and are distributed virally (social networks, email, etc).”

(Thanks to Ian MacDonald for this one)


  • Matthew Buckland is the former GM of the Mail & Guardian Online and co-founder of award-winning blog aggregator and editorial blog Thought Leader. He has worked in the online medium all his working life literally from its inception in South Africa. He was one of the first new media graduates out of Rhodes University and has previously worked for, Carte Blanche (Interactive), Johncom (e-media) and the BBC Online ( in the UK. He is a computer fundi and has had one since the age of 7 (ZX Spectrum 48k), where he spent most of his time creating computer games in BASIC. He has spoken around the world on online media issues, including New York, Germany, Kenya and London.

One Comment

  1. Henk Kleynhans Henk Kleynhans 19 May 2008

    Err, so what’s the difference then?

    I would think of Web 2.5 as a continuation of Web 2.0, but with a seamless online/offline work environment. E.g. I’d be able to use Gmail even while offline, as I would any normal mail application.

    I think it’s too early to define Web 3.0, until something more revolutionary is actually happening…

Leave a Reply