OnlineClock.net Launches Web 5.0
May 20, 2009 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology NewsOnlineClock.net, the website known as the internet's favorite alarm clock, officially declares the start of the Web 5.0 era.
In a typically brash move, the website known as the world's most popular web-based alarm has announced that it is heralding in a new era known as "Web 5.0".
Known to millions, the term Web 2.0 has become synonymous with the rise of web start ups and innovative companies which have spread across the internet in recent years.
Web 2.0 has been known to stand for a lot of different concepts, but central among them is the rise of user-generated content, communities and social media networks.
Several web commentators and researchers have mentioned that we are now currently in the age of Web 3.0, which is characterized by the Semantic Web and developments enabling machines to better communicate with structured data found on the internet.
Which brings us to the present: why is OnlineClock.net, a website devoted to online alarm clocks, timers, stopwatches and countdowns, suddenly proclaiming the rise of Web 5.0? And whatever happened to Web 4.0?
"Well, it's partially meant as a marketing gimmick and partially meant as something quite serious, really," said OnlineClock.net creator and owner Tom Churm recently, "…what we're talking about with Web 5.0 is the introduction of a new dimension in the the web equation: everything having to do with time, and web services which all revolve around time and bringing time-based services to the user, via whatever new methods happen to be available."
As if to demonstrate his point, Mr. Churm then highlighted Online Clock's recent invention of its Clock Radio for the web browser, as an example of taking a time-related service and translating it into the still relatively new medium known as the World Wide Web. "Now that," Mr. Churm said, "is a perfect example of Web 5.0".
"With the creation of our clock radio for your web browser, OnlineClock.net has succeeded in taking a seemingly mundane, offline device such as the clock radio, and transforming it into something new for the 21st century. We have made the clock radio free for everyone with an internet connection; we've made it available 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and we've simply transformed it into a ubiquitous web service."
After having invented the online alarm clock, the web clock radio and now having started this new wave of Web 5.0 services, one might ask - what's next for OnlineClock.net?
"We want to wake people up - not just literally, but also metaphorically. We want to wake them up to the fact that time is NOW and that there is not a minute to waste in life. If our time-related web services can bring people this message, and make them consciously enjoy the current moment a little bit more than before, then we've done our small part to make the world a better place."
With words as lofty as these, it's easy to see why OnlineClock.net is more than just an online alarm clock.