As we all know Social Media is HUGE, I would go as far as to say that it is really the future of Internet Marketing. Maybe I should say that it is a huge PART of Internet Marketing. Social Media is a very important part of the Web 2.0 movement which has allowed us to think of Internet Technologies in a much different way that we though of them in the early stages of the Internet or Web 1.0
We are well into Web 2.0 and moving toward more advanced web technologies as we speak. Web 2.o moved us to a much more engagement focused way of communication online. New web technologies will give us a much more immersive web experience, it will be as if we are becoming one with technology. This will move us way beyond engaging and interacting with our online experience.
Technology has started to move us in the direction of providing the ability to literally live, breathe and feel the technology. These technologies are evolving and moving to mainstream as we speak.
Second Life is a virtual world that has been around for quite a while and it offers the ability to immerse ourselves into the technology by allowing a person to created an avatar of themselves and literally live, work and play within a virtual world. It even offers an avenue to create structures, buildings and homes. Although Second Life has been around for a while it is said that more organizations will be developing similar virtual worlds like platforms to bring a true immersive experience as we move closer to Web 3.0. There has even been talk of merging Augmented Reality and Virtual Worlds. The nerd in me is totally doing the happy dance.
More and more companies are using virtual worlds for online education, virtual meetings, trade shows and conferences. I anticipate that the growth of the global workforce, telecommuting and online universities will see a higher demand for usage within the virtual world and or 3D space.
With companies and Universities diving into technologies that bridge the gap between real world and virtual world we all will have to familiarize ourselves with these technologies. Some additional technologies that you should keep an eye on:
Take a look at some of the videos below that will give you an idea of how far we’ve come to where we are going next with
Web 1.0 -3.0
Second Life: Virtual Worlds
The Semantic Web, The future
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