All about Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0

SHANTHI IYER
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23 May, 2023

Introduction 

What can you do with the internet today? Create reels on Instagram, retweet on Twitter, read an article on Quora, shop on Amazon, etc., right? What if I told you that now you can try shoes on Flipkart before buying them from the comfort of your home? Amazing right? This can happen through a technology called Metaverse, which primarily works on the principles of Web 3.0 and Blockchain. In this blog, we are going to look at how Web 1.0 evolved into Web 3.0. 
 
What is Web 1.0? 

Web 1.0 can be described as the earliest form of the internet. This was the global network that offered the potential for the future of sharing information and digital communications. Basically, Web 1.0 was all about reading and collecting information. When Web 1.0 first came into being,  a few people wrote content for a huge number of people. So, with that, people could access contact information, information, and facts from the source. Some of the technical elements of these web pages were static pages, HTML 3.2 elements such as frames and tables, forms sent via email, etc. So the early internet was about just a few web pages connected to a system by using hyperlinks without any visuals, controls, forms, or interactivity. This was known as the 'read-only' web. How boring, right? Don't worry, here comes Web 2.0!

What is Web 2.0?

Web 2.0, being the major step up from Web 1.0, changed how the world saw the internet drastically. Web 2.0 moved the focus away from a small number of people making huge content to a large number of people making more content. It gained popularity as a result of the variety of information, user-to-user contact, content production, and blogging it provided. During this time, several of your favorite social media platforms, like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and others, were introduced. Well-off families started investing in an internet cable, and thanks to the new content-creation abilities of 2.0, content makers became increasingly prevalent for both leisure and employment. After a while, 2.0 grew, and the next version was within reach.  

What is Web 3.0? 

Web 3.0 is the future of the WWW. The third generation, which is based on sophisticated computer programs like Artificial Intelligence, will enter the ring of combatants after 2.0. Every person who utilizes the platform will be catered to, and an accurate and data-driven interface will be created. Blockchains, 3D graphics, the metaverse, and the semantic web are all intended to be used. However, if you're very tech-savvy, you might be aware that such things are  already present in the current iteration of the internet, and in that case, you're correct. 3.0's initial features are already being put into practice. We are seeing the 3.0 tool kits used as Blockchain technology gaining traction throughout numerous  apps and websites, like PayPal, Microsoft, Amazon, etc. 

Conclusion 

No one can predict with certainty when 3.0 will be fully implemented, but as  the technical industry expands the usage of 3.0 technologies, we might find that a new era is quickly approaching. 3.0 may be implemented first via cryptocurrencies, and many decentralized protocols are gaining popularity. We've perhaps identified the main distinctions between the various versions. The future? If things continue as they are, we might even see versions 4.0 and 5.0 soon enough. 

Shanthi Iyer
Senior Academic Associate

UniAthena

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