What is Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

Sajjad Hussain
Nov 19 · 5 min read

You may have heard and seen a lot of content related to Web 3.0 recently. Are you thinking like a member of our team: What is the relationship between Web 3.0 and blockchain?

n the traditional sense, Web3.0 is a new stage of Internet development. It is based on the current Internet (or you can call it Web 2.0) . At the same time, the changes brought about by Web3.0 have brought the Internet to a whole new level of development. Computer scientists and Internet experts believe that these changes will make the Internet smarter and our lives will become easier.

Practitioners in the digital encryption currency industry have placed higher expectations on Web 3.0. They are now looking forward to breaking the monopoly of traditional Internet giants and creating a new free world. August 19 in Berlin, Germany 3 opening of Summit Web (Web 3 Summit) will also be Web topics 3 fully explored, perhaps we can learn more about the 3 and Web content in this event.

Therefore, in order to better understand the changes in these paradigm shifts, we first look at the development stage of the Internet.

Web 1.0 -> Web 2.0 -> Web 3.0: continuous evolution

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The trend we are about to witness is that the Internet will evolve with the needs and use of users, and ultimately belong to users.

According to the content of the BlockGeek website, as early as the 1990s when the Internet was just beginning to become popular, the interaction between users and the Internet was in a very early stage, that is, users could only passively browse text, pictures and simple video content, what the website provides, What the user is viewing. There is almost no interaction at all.

For post-90s and post-00s, before social media and video streaming became popular, there was an (early) version of the Internet ! In the mid to late 1990s, before the development of Google and Baidu, the Internet was dominated by AltaVista and Netscape. At the time, the Internet existed only to promote their physical company. These sites are “read-only sites”, meaning you can only search and read information.

(Note: AltaVista, one of the most well-known search engine companies in the world, was founded in 1995. It was acquired by Yahoo in 2003, and Yahoo announced the closure of search engine AltaVista services in 2013. Netscape, Netscape Communications, was once an American computer service The company is famous for its web browser of the same name, Netscape Navigator. In November 1998, Netscape was acquired by AOL.)

And the e-commerce website of that era is actually the same as the promotion manual issued by the supermarket now, just showing you the content, you can’t place an order on the website.

This is Web 1.0, slow Web 1.0, fully controlled Web 1.0.

Web 2.0-the Internet begins to interact with people

The next generation Internet is called “Web2.0” or “read-write” network. Now, users are not just mere visitors, they can also create their own content and upload it to the website. Take the famous video blogger “Office Ono” as an example. It took her only 2 years to go from an obscure video author to a video big V with tens of millions of monthly income.

Probably since 2003, Dale Dougherty , Vice President of O’Reilly Media, first proposed the term “Web2.0”, and then the wave of “Web2.0” swept the world. In just ten years, “Web 2.0” completely redefines marketing and business operations.

Influential Internet celebrities only need to post a video to make a restaurant line up, or they can use a sentence to make an online store bad reviews. The influence of Internet people on the Internet is increasing day by day, and the time when websites fed users information has passed.

The main goal of Web2.0 is to make the Internet more democratic and as easy as possible for users to access.

Web 3.0-a more humane Internet

In the eyes of traditional Internet people, Web3 may be like this.

Every time you buy something on Amazon.com, the website’s algorithm will make recommendations by looking at other products purchased by users who have bought a product like you, or based on your previous browsing history and purchase history. What happened during this process? The site is learning your potential preferences from other users, and then recommending content you might like. Essentially, the website itself is learning and thus becoming more intelligent.

They believe that “Web 1.0 is mainly driven by content generated by companies or institutions to attract their customers. Web 2.0 allows users to upload and share their content on websites, allowing the Internet to develop further. Web 3.0 uses online applications and websites Receive information on the Internet and provide users with new information or data.”

For example, in the Semantic Web , what is the difference between “ I love Bitcoin “ and “ I ❤ Bitcoin “? The grammar between the two sentences is different, but the semantics are the same. In our example, semantic processing of the meaning or emotion conveyed by the data makes the two sentences express the same emotion. Semantic Web and artificial intelligence are the two cornerstones of Web3.0. With semantic metadata, Web3.0 will enhance the connection between data. Therefore, the user experience will evolve to another level of connectivity, with all available information available.

Another example is artificial intelligence, which will filter through websites and provide users with the best data possible . In the current Web2.0, we have begun to adopt user opinions to help us understand the quality of specific products or assets. A website like Rotten Tomatoes where users can vote for movies. Movies with higher ratings are generally considered “good movies.” Such a list can help us get “good data” without having to get “bad data”.

Another example is advanced 3D graphics. Imagine that in an online game like “ Second Life “ or “ World of Warcraft “, users are more interested in their online characters than they are in their true self. Level of interest. Philip Rosedale, the founder of the game “ Second Life “, believes that virtual identities will be as popular as email addresses and mobile phones. This view may seem far-fetched, but don’t forget that in 1997, 20 years ago, only a few people had their own email addresses. In the future, there will be more and more people with 3D identities.

Finally, the Internet will be everywhere. We have already obtained this feature in Web2.0. With social media sites like Instagram, users can take images on the camera, upload and distribute them online, which becomes their intellectual property. As a result, images become visible everywhere, that is, everywhere. The development of mobile devices and Internet access will enable you to experience Web 3.0 anytime, anywhere. The Internet will no longer exist on the desktop like Web 1.0, nor on smart phones like Web 2.0. It will be ubiquitous. Web 3.0 can also be called the ubiquitous network, because most of the things around you are connected online, which is the Internet of Things . (*Part of this article is translated from BlockGeek.)

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