Traditional applications like portals are being updated and renewed to react better with the user. This may give rise to new ways of exploring content. What made me think of this just now? I’ve just recieved a message from Malcom Sparks. He found a new take on the wiki: Tiddly Wiki.
Navigating through this wiki has changed. It feels like an experiment in presentation, as it breaks traditional conventions like the back button and bookmark. To use it effectively you need to know the new language of Web2.0: permlinks, tags and rss.
First time I heard Web2.0 I thought was was that. Culturally though it may be significant. What first persuaded me of this was the Flock browser. The growth of the Web is leading to interesting browser innovations, updating the browser to reflect the ways it is now used. It makes me think how the controls are changing as time goes on. The back button is loosing some of its meaning: with richer content on page, it is increasingly used as a kind of undo button. Is the trend to change the content within the page a fad?
Another area is bookmarks, one of Flock's features is that it's more community orientated. Firefox too is looking to improve bookmarking. Bookmarks, as they stand don't work too well. Firefox are working on replacing them Places.