Historically speaking, the first coining of Web 3.0 in conjunction with Semantic Web and/or AI agents and the first coining of Web 3.0 in conjunction with Wikipedia and/or Google was made in the Wikipedia 3.0: The End of Google? article, which was published on Evolving Trends (this blog) on June 26, ‘06.
June 28, ‘06: Here’s what a fellow blogger, who had reviewed the Wikipedia 3.0 article, had to say:
“[…] But there it is. That was then. Now, it seems, the rage is Web 3.0. It all started
with this article here addressing the Semantic Web, the idea that a new organizational
structure for the web ought to be based on concepts that can be interpreted. The idea is
to help computers become learning machines, not just pattern matchers and calculators. […]“
June 28, ‘06: A fellow blogger wrote:
“This is the first non-sarcastic reference to Web 3.0 I’ve seen in the wild”
As of Jan 25, there are 11,000 links to Evolving Trends from blogs, forums and news sites pointing to the Wikipedia 3.0 article.
Jan 25, ‘07: A fellow blogger wrote:
“In 2004 I with my friend Aleem worked on idea of Semantic Web (as our senior project), and now I have been hearing news of Web 3.0. I decided to work on the idea further in 2005, and may be we could have made a very small scaled 4th generation search engine. Though this has never become reality but now it seems it’s hot time for putting Semantics and AI into web. Reading about Web 3.0 again thrilled me with the idea. [Wikia] has decided to jump into search engines and give Google a tough time . So I hope may be I get a chance to become part of this Web 3.0 and make information retreival better.”
According to Alexa the Wikipedia 3.0: The End of Google? article estimated penetration peaked on June 28 at a ratio of 650 per each 1,000,000 people. Based on an estimated number of 1,000,000,000 Web users, this means that it reached 650,000 people on June 28, and other hundreds of thousands of people on June 26, 27, 29, 30. This includes people who read the article at about 6,000 sites (according to MSN) that had linked to Evolving Trends. Based on the Alexa graph, we could estimate that the article reach close to 2 million people in the first 4.5 days of its release.
Update on Alexa Statistics (Sep. 18, 2008): some people have pointed out (independently with respect to their own experience) that Alexa’s statistics are skewed and not very reliable. As far as the direct hits to the on this blog they’re in the 200,000 range as of this writing.
Note: the term “Web 3.0″ is the dictionary word “Web” followed by the number “3″, a decimal point and the number “0.” As such, the term itself cannot and should not have any commercial significance in any context.
Update on how the Wikipedia 3.0 vision is spreading:
- November 2006 Update: New York Times uses Evolving Trends’ original definition/meaning of Web 3.0 as “Semantic Web + AI (agents)”
- December 2006 Update: Wikipedia’s Founder Jumps into the Search Business with Wikia
Update on how Google is hopelessly attempting to co-opt the Wikipedia 3.0 vision:
- March 2007 Update: Google vs Web 3.0
- December 2007 Update: Google tries again to co-opt the Wikipedia 3.0 vision
Web 3D + Semantic Web + AI as Web 3.0:
Here is the original article that gave birth to the Web 3.0 vision:
The above mentioned Web 3D + Semantic Web + AI vision which preceded the Wikipeda 3.0 vision received much less attention because it was not presented in a controversial manner. This fact was noted as the biggest flaw of social bookmarking site digg which was used to promote this article.
Feb 5, ‘07: The following external reference concerns the use of rule-based inference engines and ontologies in implementing the Semantic Web + AI vision (aka Web 3.0):
- Description Logic Programs: Combining Logic Programs with Description Logic (note: there are better, simpler ways of achieving the same purpose.)
Jan 7, ‘07: The following Evolving Trends post discussing current state of semantic search engines and ways to improve the design:
The idea described in this article was adopted by Hakia after it was published here, so this article may be considered as prior art.
June 27, ‘06: Semantic MediaWiki project, enabling the insertion of semantic annotations (or metadata) into Wikipedia content (This project is now hosted by Wikia, Wikipedia founder Jimmy wales’ private venture, and may benefit Wikia instead of Wikipedia, which is why I see it as a conflict of interest.)
This post provides the history behind use of the term Web 3.0 in the context of the Semantic Web and AI.
This post explains the accidental way in which this article reaching 2 million people in 4 days.
Web 3.0 Articles on Evolving Trends
- Reality as a Service (RaaS): The Case for GWorld Jun 15th, 2006 <–3D Web + Semantic Web + AI
- Wikipedia 3.0: The End of Google? June 26, 2006 <– Semantic Web + AI
- Wikipedia 3.0: El fin de Google (traducción) (Spanish version)
- Web 3.0: Basic Concepts June 30, 2006
- The People’s Google July 11, 2006
- Why Net Neutrality is Good for Web 3.0 July 15, 2006
- Intelligence (Not Content) is King in Web 3.0 July 17, 2006
- Web 3.0 Blog Application July 18, 2006
- Towards Intelligent Findability July 19, 2006
- Google Dont Like Web 3.0 [sic] July 20, 2006
- Search by Meaning July 29, 2006
- Google Co-Op: The End of Wikipedia? Sep 24, 2006
- P2P 3.0: Shaking the Web to its Roots Oct 8, 2006
- Web 3.0 Update Nov 19, 2006
- The New York Times and Web 3.0 Nov 25, 2006
- Google Answers: The End of Google Co-Op? Nov 30, 2006
- Designing a Better Semantic Search Engine Jan 7, 2007
- Self-Aware Text Jan 13, 2007
- The Missing Link Feb 5, 2007
- Google vs Web 3.0 March 24, 2007
- Hakia, Google, Wikia (Revision 2) April 7, 2007
- Google tries again to co-opt the Wikipedia 3.0 vision December 14, 2007
- People-Hosted “P2P” Version of Wikipedia (Updated) July 23, 2008
- Beyond Google: The Road To a P2P Economy Sep 13, 2008
Noteworthy mentions of the Wikipedia 3.0 article:
- MSNBC Clicked June 28, 2006
- Valleywag June 28, 2006
- Wikipedia Signpost July 3, 2006
- BoingBoing Dec 26, 2006
- Semantic MediaWiki In The News June 27, 2006 (2008 update: the Semantic Mediawiki site was taken over by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales’ private venture Wikia and the news item link to Evolving Trends was removed along with all news about Semantic Mediawiki prior to v1.0)
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