Engineering/Concept > Web 2.0 “Peer to Peer”
Peer to Peer Web 2.0 will redefine the web by transforming how we communicate on a fundamental level. Users become individual Enterprises capable of leveraging powerful online tools to proactively connect, collaborate, create, distribute, build, share, and deploy whatever they want.
This is not a new Facebook or web site offering a new user experience. This is a new digital form of a Republic packaged in a never-seen-before kind of web.
Some call this type of intuitive data rich peer to peer experience Web 2.0.
By transforming users in to powerful enterprises within a dynamic peer to peer Open Source Economy, truly effective use of our digital commons is born.
How it works-
By Stepping away from the present and taking a more bird’s eye view of the evolution of the Internet, it becomes possible to both predict directions the future of the Web will take, and take actions accordingly to get there.
In 1992 there was AOL, that was the Internet (to the public at least), and everything on the Web resided pretty much there, but what people didn’t realize was that this was only one company really and one very large website. Sure there was more, but it wasn’t easily navigable.
Then one day Netscape came out, and the world hasn’t been the same since. The browser as we’ve come to know it allowed us to look online with a beautiful graphic interface, enabling us to see things called pages and web sites, and anyone could have one. That combined with the new product called a “link” allowed us to not only go anywhere, but we could bounce somewhere else by simply clicking on a word that was colored differently that was underlined. And this remained the cutting edge for probably the longest period of the Web for the public’s use.
Since then, there have really only been four major improvements, and all but one showed up right around the same time in 2005, some 13 years later which were- bandwidth speeds that could load more than just a page with text and photos. Number two was the arrival of viewable video which though video had been around, few could use it, and no one had the patience to wait an hour for a 5 minute video to load which might not even work on our computers. So number two was YouTube, the first universal codec so every browser could view any video loaded on YouTube. Number three was Wordpress, where finally on the broadcasting end, sites could send data in such a way our browsers could understand and display the site in faster format while the search engines could also read WordPress sites with ease allowing the first innovation Google’s search engine (the first big innovation after Netscape) to truly build some muscle.
In short, over the course of the Web for the public’s consumption, there were pages with words and pics for what seemed like forever, then there was an ability to search and get real results, and then POW around 2005, all the lights came on and suddenly all the common forms of communication (text, audio, video) were finally at everyone’s finger tips, which is where we are today.
Now to the future. Looking at the arc of how and where things have progressed, the next logical step in the evolution of the Web is to move beyond “users”, and the thing we use to interact with the Web our “browser”. Users use, they don’t create, and browsers are for looking through not sticking our fingers in to and tinkering around with, They’re about to go the way of the early days of the web when there was only a static page with text on it, but still made us say “Ohhhh” since it was new and never heard of before. Let me give you an example of just one of many features of the next Web or Web 2.0.
When we search for something, we’re exactly like Dorthy of The Wizard of Oz when she approached the curtain the Wizard was behind. We ask it a question, and it gives us an answer, or more accurately a list of potential answers, as if we’re asking another person. And why shouldn’t we treat the web like another person, since it’s still all pretty new to us clever apes. But the beautiful thing about the Web is that it’s like a computer, it’s able to carry out hundreds or thousands of tasks simultaneously. So today, if say you have a fondness for jumping monkey videos, you open your browser, search for jumping monkey videos, and just like that you’re given a list of jumping monkey videos on the Web. But wouldn’t it be more effective with your time, since you know you like jumping monkey videos to have the web looking for your jumping monkey videos all the time even while you’re sleeping instead of having to ask it every time? This is known as an open ended search, and though you can find ways to do an open ended search online today, they’re not easy to find, and few even consider it useful. It is where video was before YouTube showed up, and this is where the second necessary piece to the puzzle shows up, the broadcasting end of that, and the control of how it’s accessed.
Now imagine you’re at home in the not to distant future (say 2 years from now), and say you live in Portland, Oregon and a year prior you had put in an open ended search for jumping monkey videos and last night Jin who lives in Japan uploaded a great animation he did of a jumping monkey video. You wake up, and when you turn on your new browser (which we’ll call a portal for now) is what might appear like a news website like BBC or CNN, except this news site is really your news site cause it’s only showing things you’re interested in and since you put in an open ended search for jumping monkey videos a year ago, and told it to run the search till you told it otherwise (since you really really love jumping monkey videos) there’s Jin’s video he posted last night ready for you to watch neither of you having to do anything to make that connection happen.
Just as early cars had cranks one had to get out and turn to get the engine to start, which later became an electric starter button, it’s the same way with our searches. Searches simply become all we’re interested in and brought to us daily without us having to ask for it every time. Even the term “search” becomes obsolete. Seamlessly we’ll simply want to know about this or that, and daily it will be brought to us without having to ask more than once.
The Ying to open ended searches is pretty obvious if you think about it a moment, it’s an open ended broadcast. You like to do underwater basket weaving, and so you’re always looking for other people to do underwater basket weaving with. Today, how would you go about finding these people? Craigslist, look for groups online, it’s all very needle in a hey stack is it not? Wouldn’t it be better if you had programmed your portal to keep an ear to the ground for other underwater basket weavers, and especially if any lived nearby. Well Tina who lives about 50 miles from you has shown up on your news feed as a potential partner for some duo underwater basket weaving, and again neither of you had to look for the other, since your portals did it for you.
The beauty of computers is they’re like slaves who love to be our slaves. They don’t care a lick if you ask them to look once or a million times, and so really the next evolution is really like any evolution which is simply seeing usefulness where none was perceived before and using the necessary tools to achieve whatever goals are set for it.
The one thing you can rely on is that whatever comes along next, once you’re using it, and seeing the clear benefits it provides, you won’t think twice of the old days where searches were one offs, and long hours of searching might or might not bring about the results you were hoping for.
This is the promise of Web 2.0, and the two benefits listed above are only the tiniest fraction of what will become of all of us with these powerful new never seen before tools. If you think the Internet is a powerful tool for humanity today, get ready to have your world turned upside-down in a most wonderful way. For it’s only now we’re even beginning to encounter the true value of the Web’s interconnectedness. Our Ford Model T is about to become a 69′ Mustang on steroids, so hang on!
Wanna help me build it? Leifthor (at) gmail.com, cause in the end you can watch or you can be the change, the choice is yours.