The Internet is constantly evolving.
We went from Web 1.0, The Static Web, to Web 2.0, The Social Web.
Now we are on the edge of the next step of the Internet. What’s next?
That is Web 3.0. This is a buzzword that you will start to hear a little more often.
What is Web 3.0? What are the differences from the Internet we have right now? Is Web 3.0 the future of the Internet?
The evolution of the Internet
To get a better understanding of what Web 3.0 is, we are going to take a look at the evolution of the Internet.
What is Web 1.0?
Web 1.0 is known as the Static Web.
During Web 1.0 there was hardly any interaction. You typed the website address into the bar, pressed enter, and voila, you were served a web page.
This web page could give you information just like today's web pages, but you couldn't do much other than consume the information on the site.
There was no creating user profiles, or commenting on articles. Everything was static.
What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 is known as the Social Web.
During Web 2.0, we see the rise of user generated content and social media platforms.
With the rise of social media platforms and large Internet companies like Google and Facebook, user's data was being collected by these companies. This was in order to personalize the web to each user. For example, my Facebook feed looks a lot different than your Facebook feed.
However, companies were able to use your data to sell more targeted ads. In Web 2.0, the user is the product.
What is Web 3.0?
We don't know what Web 3.0 is going to be called yet, because it's still very new and hardly even exists yet.
Web 3.0 is all about decentralization of the web. The goal is to put the power back into the hands of the user and allow them to pick and choose who they share their privacy and data with.
In order to accomplish decentralization, Web 3.0 will be based on blockchain technology
Instead of logging in through Google or Facebook, you would log in to your own personal account through your blockchain wallet. You can use your account seamlessly on any service and on any website. You could send an email, or go online shopping with the same account.
User's would also earn tokens for helping keep the Blockchain network up. They can then sell these tokens for real money, give them to their favorite content creators, or use them to vote in the direction of the website.
Another aspect of Web 3.0 is the Metaverse. Your personal account is also your personal avatar, which you can use to interact or work with people in a virtual reality. So far there are quite a few startups and lots of investing going on in the Metaverse. Mainly Facebook, who recently changed their company's name to Meta.
No one knows if Web 3.0 is the future of the Internet because it's just an idea. However, with big companies like Facebook, or Meta, I should say, investing in the space, Web 3.0 may take off soon.
Web 1.0 served you static pages that you could only consume instead of interact with.
Web 2.0 was a lot more social thanks to a more interactive web. Now we could create profiles, and share all the content we wanted.
Web 3.0 is the more decentralized web based on the blockchain. Web 3.0 is supposed to be more secure and private, and gives user's the power of the Internet by allowing them to vote with tokens.
With Web 3.0 you will be able to log into the Metaverse using a personalized avatar tied to the blockchain.