That's right. With just a moment's thought I slew the great dragon of the incumbent web. Never mind the millions of hours of programming that will go into making what I'm about to describe possible. Technology's relentless forward marching is inevitable.
Dreaming Up Different Social Browsers
Early this morning I was struck with a notion for a different type of web application. In struggling to come up with a design for a simple and effective open social feed browser, I thought about all the fantastic web sites out there, and all the organization they provide for information.
- Microblog sites share titles, comments and links in a fast to scan format
- social aggregators like Cliqset, Friendfeed & Buzz allow more commenting and conversations under the status update
- Blogs, news sites, and web magazines enable a wide variety of plugins to give visitors a rich selection of choices for how to access and browse their data
- Social comment aggregators like Disqus and Js-kit/Echo empower reaction aggregation across the web, while enabling one time login, and tracking fellow commenters to discover which social sites they frequent
- For all it's limitations the wave protocol strives to be a wonderful interactive rich content creator
There comes a time when the incumbent technology is no longer satisfactory for the current needs of society. I'm not suggesting we sacrifice the web as it is, but to let it strangle what could be was never the intention of it's original designers. There is no reason why the new adaptive web protocol can't be used to show existing web sites and support the HTMLX standard. But it needs to have a different driving focus.
Each browser will be able to simply edit, translate, mashup, and connect various elements of the adaptive web. Each interface will be a window to a virtual world of web information. The rapid progression of mobile Internet and augmented reality applications will serve as new editing interfaces for the adaptive web. Consider just a few of the "far out" applications of the adaptive web:
- Collaborative building design will be possible at scale
- Virtual news feeds can be attached to any surface displaying information about a location. Available by visiting the site or through a mobile web portal
- Mashups of news feeds, social streams, media, and richer content like 3D animations with realistic sound sources will all be default enabled for any browser
The Next Web is Dead, Long Live the Web of Dreams
None of these incredible utilities hold a candle to the web that will replace them. That will be the web of dreams. Crossing the neurological divide and inhabiting the space of reason, it will connect our subconscious world building ability to our conscious thoughts. Can you imagine a web which exists in the same space as our imagination? I can.
Just be careful not to "tap" the publish function at an embarrassing moment ;).