We’ve talked a lot about Web.0, but what does this term really imply? The Web is the central system for finding information on the Internet created in the 1990s. It is the main tool used to read, write and share information on the Internet and to interact with other users. The web has evolved since its conception both from the point of view of users and developers. The world wouldn’t be what it is today without the web. It affects almost every aspect of modern life these days.
In just a few decades, the Internet has gone from having limited access to only reading information to communicating via social media and owning part of the Internet. With each passing year, more and more people have access to the Internet. The web has evolved like human lives or it can be said that the web has helped humans to evolve their lives.
The era of Web 1.0 was heralded by the invention of the first browsers such as Mosaic, Netscape, Internet Explorer, etc. Web 1.0 was the first stage of the Web phenomenon, also known as Static Web or World Wide Web. only reading function allowed. This meant that users were limited to playing content made available to them by smaller content providers. It was like a digitized version of a newspaper or magazine.
Web 2.0 is the longest era of the web (2000-2010), also called read-write web or social web. It introduced us to interactive web applications mediated by expensive servers and enabled the user to become content creators. The growth of Web 2.0 is mainly due to important innovations such as mobile Internet access, social networks and cloud computing. The emergence of social media has encouraged and promoted good content creation by its users. Cloud servers capitalized on the rise of new websites by providing low-cost data storage, businesses could rent the storage systems and maintain them cheaply without investing in their own expensive, dedicated infrastructure. Web 2.0 is built entirely around users with different platforms finding ways to empower their users to create their content to stay engaged.
This is the transition phase between Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 and the current Web era in which we live. Web 2.5 has primarily focused on the evolution of mobile computing and mobile technologies to create web applications that can connect users to any device. anytime and anywhere.
Web 3.0 is all about presenting data in a semantic form. It’s a relatively new concept that aims to focus on the future of the web. Based on two fundamental technological innovations, namely artificial intelligence and decentralized data networks, it focuses on the decentralization of data and aims to decompose the massive databases stored by Internet giants and give a more great control to Internet consumers. Web 3.0 will work through blockchain making it less trusted and less authoritative i.e. it will allow users to interact with each other without a mediator and anyone can participate without the permission of a governing body. Web 3.0 will make users the owners of content, data generated by any computing resource will be sold by and to users through decentralized data networks, ensuring that users retain full ownership and control instead of a middleman.
Web 2.0 has been boosted by developments in mobile internet and cloud computing, Web 3.0 will be built on new technological innovations – decentralized data networks, blockchain and artificial intelligence. It will bring us an unbiased Internet by allowing the individual to own content. Its decentralized blockchain protocol will allow individuals to connect to an internet where they can own and be properly compensated for their data or content, eclipsing an unfair web where giant centralized corporations are the only ones to own and profit from it. .
(The author is co-founder and CEO of tech startup Myraah)