Yesterday we asked you to tell us what you find most compelling and significant about the real-time Web. In return, we promised that the five readers with the most interesting comments would each win a free ticket to ReadWriteWeb's Real-Time Web Summit on June 11 in NYC.
It turns out our readers are even smarter and more interesting than we thought. We couldn't pick just five and instead ended up with seven winners. Read on to find out who made the cut.
Deriving value from the real-time Web and its applications is the theme of the Real-Time Web Summit. We have an excellent mix of guests attending the unconference, including students, industry experts and real-time zealots from around the world. If you're new to unconferences, it's a format where attendees - with the help of a professional moderator - shape the conference sessions. We'll then discuss, debate and create the future of the real-time Web together. And yes, there will also be speed-geeking from some killer, cutting-edge companies that are exploring the value proposition of the real-time Web.
For a preview of the in-depth type of discussions that are going to take place, check out our seven winners below. For some of them we're only showing an excerpt as some responses were very long. You can find the full comments here.
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Some readers asked how the real-time Web can pave the way for increases productivity and value.
"... Activity stream standards (for example, limits on data size) and protocols like pubsubhubbub make it possible for thousands of co's to filter/index the emergent web since it's no longer necessary to conduct sweep/index terabytes of data to get that view. Computationally intensive activities like natural language processing can be used on these focused streams of small-format data to reveal insights into the web that were previously impossible. That's what our company does and something we're keen to discuss." Bill Fischer
"... What's the next generation of the real-time web look like when it no longer has to deal with the constraints of last generation broadband? What else can we do now that we have a network that essentially serves as a communitywide LAN? A network where capacity is nearly limitless? A network where latency is near zero?... So how do we now take advantage of this new capacity to create a new class of real-time web experiences?" Geoff Daily
Commenters also explored the definition of the real-time Web and its impact on user experiences.
"Web 3.0 has three core nuances: one it's everywhere, literally everywhere, it's always up to date, it goes out if it's way to allow and foster creative contribution and collaboration. This natural progression is apparent; first there were consumers, then there were users, now we are entering the realm of CO-CREATORS!" Evan Schoepke
"1) No more need to use FriendFeed or Google Wave or IM clients from 1999 telling you that someone is typing just to get a real-time rush because everything.. EVERYTHING will be real-time.
2) You won't even remember those Geocities-ish "web pages" saying "Last Updated on" because in the real-time web, web sites.. will update... themselves.
3) Google will acquire Woopra. And "creators" will immediately become "spectators." Someone call Forrester quick because, ladies and gents, we may need a new version of the Technographics ladder." Esteban Contreras
Some talked about the possibilities of collaboration on steroids...
"Jim Hendler and Tim Berners-Lee are asking how we can use the web to solve some of man's most pressing problems. For example, can we use the web to find a cure for cancer?...Google wave and other collaboration tools are great for small groups. In the not too distant future we will have web tools that enable real-time collaboration amongst many thousands of people. We'll be able to share resources as never before." Graham
"What I've seen through collective use/following of a hashtag or sharing in an experience together through a chat room and/or live video stream is testimony to the fact that experiences shared in groups, in the moment, have significantly more impact than reading a recap and posting a comment after the fact. Immersion in the 'now' is quite powerful..." Georgy
...And some looked on the disruptive nature of new technologies.
"My suspicions about social networks is that they won't last for much longer. In the long term they constitute an emotional immaturity that won't benefit us in the long run - people eventually get tired of privacy issues and the neediness that inspires when you go an hour without friendship affirmations. I see/hear people becoming weary of the toll it takes to dig through the nonsense in pursuit of the (semi) valuable information." Tara S.
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