Is Web 2.0 Coming to an End?

By Michael Flanakin @ 9:26 AM :: 1585 Views :: Development, Technology, Predictions :: Digg it!

Jim Rapoza Mobile-ready link mentions something that should probably be in the back of all our minds: the probability of the Web 2.0 bubble burst Mobile-ready link. He mentions a few well thought-out observations about previous bubbles. I, for one, am looking forward to this burst. Part of my reasoning behind that is the fact that, at its peak, the bubble becomes more about marketing than the elegance of the technology in question. After a burst, things even out and it's back to business as usual, except we then have a technology we can implement without the overzealous polluting the waters... well, at least not as many of them. Beyond all of this, tho, I'm excited about the potential of Web 2.0 getting back to it's roots. Too many people think Web 2.0 is about a dynamic, AJAX experience when, in fact, it's about a more consumable, "semantic" experience. The closest we've been to this original dream is the abundance of service-orientation around technologies such as RSS and Atom. You'll see this in intriguing mash-ups such as those created from services like Pipes and Popfly. One of those recent mashups centered around the Windows Live family of services is Tafiti, a Silverlight-based search utility.

This burst couldn't come any sooner, but I'm afraid we probably have a bit longer to deal with this bubble. While the burst is inevitable, I don't expect to see a significant change until late 2008. Of course, by that time, we'll be seeing the beginnings of the next big thing. I just wonder what that will be...