What is Web 3.0: Everything You Need to Know?

by Anne B. Robinson

Internet users all over the world have been after a more robust version of the internet. Now, what do we mean by this? Users want an online experience that allows them to have power over the content they consume as well as control over the data they share. This is where Web 3.0 comes into play.

It will completely decentralize the internet, allowing users to choose how they experience the web. Yes, we are finally there. Web 3.0 in gaming will work largely the same. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to gaming if the internet is decentralized. Let’s unpack what Web 3.0 is and how it will work.

What is Web 3.0?

It is the third generation of web development and design and is all focused on the user experience. A key factor here is also how users experience web applications, with an emphasis on interaction. Furthermore, Web 3.0 is also about data being more open source, and readily available, especially where there are access issues. This is Web 3.0 in a nutshell. To help you understand it further, look at this example.

We are one step away from truly transforming our lives and incorporating the digital world into the physical world. There are physical personal assistants, but what if you could have a virtual one? And no, we are not talking about Apple’s Siri or the calendar with reminders on your cell phone. We are talking about an actual assistant that tells you when you are running out of toilet paper, as an example.

It’s easy to imagine a world where the above is possible. You can find yourself in a situation where you are at the grocery store. Now, you have no idea what’s in your refrigerator. So here is where a digital assistant comes in. You access the assistant and ask them to give you a rundown on what’s inside your refrigerator. How does this communication take place?

Well, your home will have interconnected smart devices that speak to each other and you. You will always have access to what’s happening, so you never have to miss a thing. We are already using technology like this, but not on a grand scale, but with Web 3.0, this will be our reality.

History of web technology

Before there was Web 3.0, there were Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Each earlier generation provided us with breakthrough technology we can’t see ourselves living without today. It is an interesting journey from Web 1.0 to Web 3.0 and beyond. Here’s a look at what we experienced before.

Web 1.0

This was the very first generation of web technology from 1989 to 2005. During these 16 years, we experienced a lot, especially millennials. But keep in mind that during this generation, the internet was largely static and text-based. There was truly little in terms of user experience, and this is precisely why web technology is as developed as it is today. It is all about the user experience. Once the internet was created back in 1989, we slowly saw static websites pop up.

The focus back then was primarily to deliver on-demand information with a click of a button. While we were still using encyclopedias, this quickly became outdated with the introduction of the world wide web. A lot of the technology back then is also considered primitive today, and we understand why. It’s got to do with how quickly and efficiently web technology is developed. These were some of the key factors of Web 1.0:

  • Static yet simple websites
  • Only webmasters were in control of web content
  • Truly little to no user experience and interaction
  • Websites were purely for information purposes; think of them as repositories

Web 2.0

The second generation of web technology was between 1999 and 2012. This was an interesting section in the history of web technology, where users started to communicate with each other online. Think of smartphones, online chatting, and social media here. This is also where the user experience began to take shape. Web applications and websites became user-friendly and were often built around social networking concepts. Users could then connect with each other to share information.

There were countless benefits to this. Firstly, enhanced communication. You could easily communicate with a loved one 5000 miles away from you by simply calling them via the internet. Secondly, it eliminated the need for landlines and supplied instant connections. However, the internet was not as robust back then as it is today. Meaning that if you didn’t have great internet, you could easily struggle with connectivity issues.

Today Web 3.0 is merging the virtual with the real world, and we are excited about what the future holds.

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