A New Web Requires New Thinking: Real-time

The joke in the entrepreneurial corridors today is that if you have a business idea make sure you end the mission statement with “in real-time” , then use the word at-least 50 times in the business plan and you’ll get funded! ~ from Tushneem’s Ramble blog

Yes, that is true, and it comes as no surprise that real-time web is the next big thing. Twitter opened the door for real-time updates and gave the web a whole new – unexpected – dimension. Hundreds of applications were built on top of Twitter itself, and many others were built to utilize and address the benefits that come from real-time data. Immediacy of data is not what only defines real-time web, presence of information, syncing, efficiency and responsiveness all come into play. That explains the emergence of a range of different real-time services from real-time search engines, to real-time publishing, discovery, sharing, and even real-time push as a replacement of web crawlers.

ReadWriteWeb Summit

ReadWriteWeb Real-time Summit

A New Web?

A new web requires new thinking” that is at least what ReadWriteWeb hope for in their upcoming Real-Time Summit on October 15th in Mountain View, California. The summit will bring together big players from the industry including big names like Google, Facebook, Yahoo and MySpace alongside many other players in the real-time field such as Bit.ly, Tweetdeck, Twitterfeed, OneRiot, Twingly and others. It will focus on addressing potential opportunities and challenges related to the real-time web along with attempting to come up with a sort of a standardization and organization of the newly emerged web.

Now the big question is, are we really about to witness the next “version” of the Web? Web 2.0 was defined by its social networking face. Social networking has revolutionized the way we use the internet and thus stated a new era that we call Web 2.0. Today, we are facing a new revolution that builds on the aspects of social networking and give it another huge dimension that may very well be called the next web! Is real-time going to beat the semantic web to the term Web 3.0? The term Web 3.0 is widely used and connected to the semantic web and its promises, but yet again, we seem to be standing in front of the real-time web, trying to absorb the new rules of the next generation of web applications.

Social is Not Enough!

After the enormous success of Twitter, Big players in the industry realized that being social is not enough at this point of time. Facebook has been making drastic changes in its anatomy and has copied many aspects of Twitter, Google is fighting to get a position in the real-time world and Yahoo is doing the same. There is a new face to the web where even small websites will eventually have to follow up and add real-time elements in order to keep up with the rest. Today, most websites have either “Add this” button, or “Tweet Meme”, or any other tool that facilitates sharing and bookmarking, in the near future we may see other tools and services to turn the interactions on our websites into real-time.

Do you think that web users will start embracing everything real-time? What do you think would define the rules of the real-time web? Please let us know your opinion in the comment section.

Comments and Reactions

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ Beiruta

    There's an old saying that goes: “If you can't beat them , join them!” Whether we like it or not, Web 3.0 is coming our way and the best we can do is learn how to embrace it and make use of it!

    Moreover, as much as I find real-time beneficial, it can also cause problems and complications that would have never existed especially when it comes to data integrity…

    The key is “balance”.

    Great read… :)

  • jimbradshaw

    Great summary. Web 1.0 was all about ACCESS. Web 2.0 is about CONNECTING. It seems only logical to me that the natural progression would call for REAL-TIME ACCESS to information, news, and original content, built upon Web 2.0's foundation of global CONNECTING.

    An even more intriguing question might be, what will the NEXT natural state of this progression call for? If we are to be visionaries, and feel a sense of ownership in the process of this ongoing development, that may be the question we should be asking ourselves, even now.

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ FadiPick

    Jim, that is an intriguing question indeed, what would come after Real-time? Semantic is progressing, tweeting objects are increasing, location tweets are near, what else? a lot of things are happening too fast, and it is so exciting to see how fast things evolve on the web. Have you watched Surrogates the new movie of Bruce Willis? It is kind of an interesting science fiction idea which is not really far fetched!

  • http://www.steitblog.com Firas Steitiyeh

    Extremely beneficial article Fadi, well said mate!

    I believe that we are ready for the real-time web, since Twitter introduced it and different networks had adopted it step by step and we as users are getting very used to it in terms of user-experience and proper use of these features!

    Real-Time web will create new challenges for enterprises in who are already in the sphere in terms of quality of service and customer services, since real-time web is a very quick and effective feedback channel for the customers to express their experiences.

    Basically I think we are ready and I agree with Beiruta regarding the saying “If you can't beat them, join them!”

    Again, well said Fadi!

    Best,

    Firas

  • http://blog.thoughtpick.com/ FadiPick

    Hey Firas, thank you, I agree, I also believe that we are ready, things are changing fast on the web. Twitter turned things upside down and instead of running into a semantic web, we found ourselves first facing a real-time one! I guess semantic is coming, but still needs time, while real-time is just here.

  • http://www.mediabadger.com/ Giles (Webconomist)

    Interesting. Perhaps in part it depends on the economics of the tools and the applications. Much also depends on how pervasive Web access becomes…it's getting there, but not there yet. Google Wave could really play a part in this change.

  • http://Web3Coach.com Kevin Leinbach

    I agree with jimbradshaw that the 'real-time' phenomenon is an outgrowth of the connectedness of the current social networks.

    Additionally, it will be interesting to see what new paradigm is created with the next generation of the net. Semantic networks will be a game changer. The problem arises with companies allowing outside access to their data. With proprietary concerns, companies will be reluctant to release this to the general public for search and data amalgamation.

    I think the software will be in place long before people’s attitudes and perceptions change to allow the semantic web to prosper.

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