"It's fun. It's addictive. And it's the enemy of productivity." That's how Om Malik wrote about Turntable.fm back in mid-June, but he was really writing about something much bigger, something he has been calling the Alive Web for some time. "[M]ore than anything, it makes the whole Web experience come alive. It's social, like being in a club -- part of an ever-changing visage, a canvas painted in real time. Turntable.fm is not an isolated example, though it might be one that captured the essence of the future Web -- Alive Web."
The Alive Web is that part of the Web that is something more than static pages and events. It is more than brief, text-based exchanges and forums. The Alive Web is more interactive and immersive. The Alive Web works in real-time and is seamless.
"With the recent additions of the much talked about Skype/Facebook video chat and Google Hangout, the Internet has been abuzz with video chatting and the 'Alive Web' paradigm," according to the introduction to this new infographic from Rounds.com that looks specifically at group chat and social communication. "We've put together the main players in this field to see which one offers the most fun and where they are all positioned."