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Tomorrow is 20 years since the World Wide Web opened to the public. We've come a long way in that time and it's changed the world - but what will the Web be like in another 20 years' time?

Share your ideas by leaving a comment and they might be included in an article on The Next Web tomorrow. Be as wild as you like - you won't be proved wrong for 20 years :)
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20 years is a long time. My bet is that all the colors will fade away, as priorities like survival as a race will come first.

This is by no means a pessimistic view, as the exponential growth of data won't slow down much. Just for most of us - the access to it will be via 70s style ascii terminals rather then holodecks.

Think flying cars in the 60s. And then think middle east now.

However, the technoloy race will continue in the background (with a less focus on making white devices with huge powerdraining screens and more focus on smaller processors) - making the web a suitable host for those who will aford digital versions of themselfes, agents to take care of all digital needs.

The web in 20 years? Will be the only wonder of the world still standing :)

[later edit, +Hendrik Sijswerda convinced me this topic deserves some optimistic view :P ] so here it goes:

20 years go by, we manage somehow to keep the consuming status quo. Don't ask me how I have no clue :)

The web will grow in dimensions, getting all our needs inside, not only communication and information. Each an every object in the physical world will have a digital synonym in the so called 3d web (think Opensim and it's hypergrid protocol), and technologies like AR and ubiquitous computing will blend reality into a powermix of digital and virtual. We'll get better at real world by filling it up with digital possibilities and probabilities, through gamification.

In this scenario, I think before 20 years we'll use DNA to sign our digital fingerprints, as the ultimate privacy mechanism.

20 years is a very long time. 20 years is the new 100 years.
The web is the best thing since sliced bread. ( I'm beeing in business since 1974.)
"20 years is the new 100 years" that's a very astute observation.

Personally, I'd like to think that we'll be using implanted HUDs to seamlessly access the web for communication, financial transactions, work and whatever else we happen to be using it for. Similar to the technology used in "Down and out in the Magic Kingdom"

I think that there will be fewer people working on producing web-specific content. We will be so immersed in publishing tools that the web-designer will become obsolete whilst the number of quality content creators will be exponentially greater.
Trying to predict that, +Martin Bryant, is like trying to paint the Mona Lisa with your feet, blindfolded and after too much vodka. Even just five years ago, Facebook was for college students, and telling someone you "tweeted" got you several confused looks and many fewer friends.

Let's all agree we're excited, hopeful and eagerly watching and contributing to the evolution of communication and information.
"They said it would never take off." Twenty years ago I was they. I also skipped TBL's poster session on the WWW at Seattle CSCW. TBL's invention of the Web (with nods to CERN colleagues) may be the single most viral invention of our civilization. Including movable type and the wheel. Congratulations and thanks to TBL and everyone who believed!

In twenty years? We may catch up to Vannevar Bush and As We May Think (July 1945) with effortless personal and contextual access to anything you've seen, heard, wish to recall again, use or share - with anyone, at any time, for any purpose.
Next 20 years? I see the internet creating a new global economy, with people selling and buying things from other countries without big taxes and with simple e-procurement process.

Internet will more and more allow people to work to companies on other countries or continents. It will also create a new way for all our social behavior, we will have web shows and maybe we pubs.

The large bandwidth will help us connecting everywhere and we will no longer need TV as we know. Every TV show will be a stream to be brought in different languages.

I think the HangOut thing has to do with this future, people really meeting each other and creating strong groups that are together not because of geographical options but interests.

Nice future?
Its 20 years since Achtung Baby too. Back then I waited outside on Monday mornings for Woolworths to open to buy CDs and Bono had just started on the slow crawl up his own bottom.

Times they done a-changin'.
I think in 20 years there'll be animated gifs of kittens.
I'm gonna bet on ROFLdogs as the natural internet selection replacement for LOLcats.
Thanks! 20 Years Ago Today ... is my favorite WWW anniversary piece - lively as well as informative. Never saw first Web image before!

I did a 2009 blog post on the evolution and success of the Web from the perspective of an early skeptic (me) and Ted Nelson, who continues to rant. And may be proven right in the long term.

Reinventing the Web - Ted Nelson versus the WWW
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