Web 6.0 = Robots taking over the world??

When the internet was first created, web pages were unidirectional – you could read them, but couldn’t do much else. But then, slowly, more and more interactive sites were created, where a user could collaborate with others to create something, or communicate with people all over the world – Web 2.0!

Web 2.0 is the ‘second generation’ of the Web. It is known for it’s flexibility, simplicity and ease of use. Web 2.0 sites are ones where the site can be edited and uploaded, or people can leave comments. These websites include social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter, blogs (like this one) wikis and many more.

What about Web 3.0?

Web 3.0 is a step up from Web 2.0. There is no set definition of Web 3.0, it is still unclear as to what it actually is. However, many people are describing Web 3.0 as taking the internet a step further, moving towards computers helping humans more online. The big parts of Web 3.0 are the Semantic Web and the ‘Internet of Things’.

“The semantic web is an extension of the current web in which information is given well-defined meaning, better enabling computers and people to work in cooperation” – Tim Berners-Lee

The semantic web involves computer programmes being able to ‘learn’ what data means so it can be processed easier, making less of a job for humans. Ajax is a great example of the semantic web. Ajax is a client-side script that allows computers to process data to assist people. Features such as type assist, where the computer will give suggestions for you to finish your sentence, like Google suggest; or form assist, where the computer remembers your details so when you start adding them in again the rest will pop up. Another part of Ajax and the semantic web is that it allows you to just refresh part of a page, instead of needing to refresh the whole page.

The ‘Internet of Things’ is commonly referred to as part of Web 3.0. The Internet of Things regards all physical objects that are connected to a network or software. this is very common now in many of the things we use every day, for example – cars, phones, smart watches and GPS’.

The differences between Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 can be seen in this table below:

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Web 4.0 and 5.0?

Yes, Web 4.0 and 5.0 apparently do also exist. But in my opinion, it’s hard to say what they are, I mean, we aren’t even clear on what exactly Web 3.0 is! But I guess that’s up to the experts to decide. These experts state that Web 4.0 is the ‘Mobile Web’ – connecting devices with the internet.

Web 5.0 is then the ‘Emotional Web’, which is still in development, but it includes the web communicating with people just like a human.

 

Information Architecture

Information Architecture is all about how a website looks and works. It takes into account the functionality, attractiveness, accessibility and usability of a website. Every website must be carefully planned to make a user want to be on the website.

Information architecture plays a big part in letting people have Web 2.0 and 3.0 websites. It is the people that create the websites – the information architects, if you will – that create a website that will let people communicate on the site, or let more than one person edit the site at the same time, like on Google Docs.

When it comes to usability, an information architect also has to consider not only usability on a computer, but on a mobile device also. For web 3.0, having accessible mobile sites that are easy to use is important.

A Blog Post About Blogs

There are so many different types of social media around that instead of exploring every single one, people tend to stick with just one or two, and stay in the dark about what the others ones actually do. I, for one, use Facebook every day, but have never touched Twitter – I don’t see the point on being on every social media platform. Although I know how Twitter is used, many people stay in the dark about applications that they don’t use. Which is why today I am going to enlighten you about a kind of social media called blogging, and more specifically how blogs work and what they can be used for.

So What is a Blog?

This is. This webpage is one example of the millions of different blogs on the internet today. The term blog came from the words ‘web log’, and came around shortly after blogs were created in the late 90’s. A blog is your own personal diary, like the one you had as a kid that you wrote all your deepest, darkest secrets in and hid under your pillow. Oh, except it’s online where anyone in the world can read it! A blog is a forum where the creator can post just about anything –  photos, videos or links to other webpages or even just a written post. Anyone that sees the blog can then like, comment or reblog (the post gets copied to the other persons blog) the post, and then follow the blog so they can easily get to it in future. Bloggers post on a regular basis – daily, weekly, or monthly – it varies with different bloggers.

But What do People Blog About?

There are different kinds of blogs:

  • Personal blogs – these blogs are made by people who want to share their life. These kinds of blogs may tell you a story about something funny that happened at the coffee shop, or complain about work.
  • Informative blogs – these blogs are created to inform readers on a certain topic. they can be about nearly anything, from cats to a certain TV show.
  • Business blogs – blogs can also be used by businesses to give information to the stakeholders of the business.

Making Your Blog Your Own

Blogs are only about what the words on the screen say – the whole looks of the blog reflects who you are as a person or organisation. Each blog has a ‘theme’, which involves the layout and colours chosen for the blog. Your theme can be changed at any time without erasing any posts you have already uploaded. There are heaps of themes that others have created to decide between, and depending on your kind of blog you have you will choose one theme over another. For example, a personal blog may be covered in splashes of various colours, or photos of the writer; whereas a business blog is more likely to use a few bold colours for a very professional look, with either just a logo or a photo that helps promote the brand. You can also change the fonts that you use to make the blog seem more casual or formal.

PKM, PIM and Blogs

“Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) refers to a collection of processes that an individual carries out to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve and share information.”

This process involves sorting information to enable someone to make sense of information and work more effectively. Blogging can improve this as an effective blog is a great way to store and manage information – it can be constantly updated, diagrams/videos/links can be added easily and it can be seen by the whole world or just a few specific people.

Product Information Management (PIM) is a system used to organise the buying and selling of products in a business. All product data is collected and then distributed to all stakeholders involved. Blogging can improve the efficiency of this system as data and information can be posted onto a blog for all stakeholders to see, instead of needing to distribute the information separately.

Social Media and Sociotechnical Systems

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Okay… Here it is… Starting this blog for my university paper… I swear Christmas was only a week ago but now summer is gone and I actually have to do something productive. I thought this paper was going to be a piece of cake, but seriously David, how do you except us to write a blog, something that is informal and chatty, for a university paper, the complete opposite of informal??? This is definitely going to be an interesting semester.

At this point in my writing, I’m supposed to be discussing my self-management – how I will manage my learning and how I am going to do well in this class. Well let me tell you, it’s not going to be simple. I bet you’re thinking, she’s a 20 year-old girl – doesn’t she only care about boys and partying? Well yeah that’s pretty spot on, but I guess I also care about the wasted $1000-odd if I fail this course. So here’s what I’m gonna do. As a full-time student, I have other classes that I need to attend and my timetable has spaces in it. So I’ll allocate some of my timetable spaces to this course, giving myself time to complete all the readings and blog entries. All the information I gather is going to be written into my uni notebook, if it doesn’t go straight onto here first. Let’s hope I can stick to that plan.

So getting to what we are all here to learn about. Social Media. What is it? Good question. I mean, we use it every day but it’s not really that easy to define. So I looked it up. Online. Using social media. Genius. Social media is any website or application that allows for people to connect, communicate and collaborate. It has been around for a wee while now – starting in around 1997, when people started creating their own blogs, followed by instant messaging being invented. In 1999, the groundbreaking website called ‘Friends Reunited’ was created, where you could actually search up and contact people you knew.In 2002, the internet hit 100 million users, causing an influx of social media websites being created. MySpace, YouTube and Twitter were all created in the following years, and each website gained members daily – apart from MySpace, which began declining in around 2008 when Facebook took over (does MySpace even still exist?? Who uses it?).

Nowadays, there are HEAPS of different types of social media – social networks, instant messages, audio and video conferences, blogs and microblogs, virtual worlds and wikis.

Most businesses use at least one of the social media types above for all sorts of different things. They use audio/video conferencing to have meetings with employees that live around the world, companies create pages on various social networking sites – Facebook, Instagram and some even use Snapchat to keep customers and employees in the loop of what’s new. Many also microblog on Twitter to update stakeholders in 140 characters or less. Some even use virtual worlds, like Second Life, to see how people would react to certain business decisions or marketing techniques.

Social media is something called a sociotechnical system. A sociotechnical system is one that uses technical computer-based systems (hardware and software) but also includes people and processes that interact with the system. Social media is an example of this as there is set software in each application, but people that use the system can change it to an extent – by posting on Twitter, creating a character on a virtual world and editing a blog.

As I was researching this topic, I thought to myself – what exactly is the difference between social media and social networking? I find a lot of people (myself included) get mixed up between social media and social networks when they are quite different. Social media encompasses any application or website that people use to upload media content where they can comment and ask questions to other people. Social networking, a subsection of social media, allows you to do this as well, but social networking is specifically about engaging with others and creating an online community with people that have similar interests.

I hope you found this post relatively interesting – feel free to comment below! Stay tuned for more :~)