10 Future Web Trends in 10 Years

Ever wonder what the future holds for the web? Let’s take a look at 10 trends that hold the key to the future of the web.

We’re well into the current era of the Web, commonly referred to as Web 2.0. Features of this phase of the Web include search, social networks, online media (music, video, etc), content aggregation and syndication (RSS), mashups (APIs), and much more. Currently the Web is still mostly accessed via a PC, but we’re starting to see more Web excitement from mobile devices (e.g. iPhone) and television sets (e.g. XBox Live 360).

What then can we expect from the next 10 or so years on the Web? As NatC commented in this week’s poll, the biggest impact of the Web in 10 years time won’t necessarily be via a computer screen – “your online activity will be mixed with your presence, travels, objects you buy or act with.” Also a lot of crossover will occur among the 10 trends below (and more) and there will be Web technologies that become enormously popular that we can’t predict now.

Bearing all that in mind, here are 10 Web trends to look out for over the next 10 years…

  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

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. jordanwlee says:

    ….and 10 years ago everyone would have said “online gaming” and “yahoo.com” will determine the future of the web. I’ll believe it when I see it.

  2. lovelyauer says:

    Jordan, thanks for leaving me a comment.

    You said, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” That sounds like an easy and natural thing to do, I agree. Don’t you think we need more than that and stretch our imagination and visualize and then build our future?

    I believe we need to be our own “seer” to imagine and feel our future to turn it into reality.

    The ten predictions aside, I’m seeing a trend kicking in. People are contributing what they have, be it knowledge, money, energy, or time, to make a difference. That’s the spirit behind all this talk about Web 2.0, I guess.

  3. jordanwlee says:

    Web 2.0 is definitely a trendy phrase. Remember back in the late 90’s when everyone was buying stock in dot coms and then it crashed? Most people couldn’t predict that crash, just as they couldn’t predict the web 2.0 platform coming so soon. I think movement in a direction is good, but I think predicting something and putting “all your eggs in a basket” can be dangerous sometimes. I agree with your comment about “visualizing and building the future” but part of the fun of technology is just going along for the ride. Yes?

  4. lovelyauer says:

    Yep, definitely. Jumping on the tech bandwagon and see where it’s leading us–that’s part of the fun of technology.

    Of course, many people who failed to foresee the bursting dotcom bubble got burned. But at least they learned something in the process. “Aim high but keep your senses alive.” When you can detect any changes in life, you can find a way out in due time.

    I agree with your idea of keeping the right balance between “here and now” and “way beyond reach” with a portfolio approach, widely used as an investment strategy.

    I’m not that into tech jargons, like Web 2.0, but I find the culture of sharing and collaboration quite intriguing. If you lose sight of the people behind all the tech movements, you lose everything. People, like you and me, can make a difference!

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