What is Web 3.0?
• Web 3.0 is a term used to describe the “next level” of web
• Some experts say that this next level will be similar to a personal
assistant that knows everything about you and can access anything
on the internet to answer any of your questions.
• Before we get further into web 3.0 we must first understand 2.0 and
Early stages of the internet
• The idea of networked computers came in 1962 from a group called
ARPA(Advanced Research Project Agency). An agency formed to
strengthen US defense.
• In 1972 Ray Tomlinson performed the first electronic mail delivery
engaging two machines.
• A large milestone was reached in 1994 when the White House
launched the first ever Web page.
• In a short span of approximately 6 years, there were 407 million
internet users from 218 of the 246 countries in the world.
Early stages of the internet cont…
• Just 2 years later, in 2002, the number of internet users doubled in
size to 800 million users.
• The internet took the world by storm, faster than any other
technology source at the time. It also became a highly funded by
businesses who saw immense potential in the fast growing
What is Web 1.0?
• Web 1.0 is referred to as the first stage of the World Wide Web (hence the
“www” at the beginning of a web address).
• Made up of Web pages connected by hyperlinks, that users could only look
at and could not interact with each other at all.
• At this point the internet was mainly used for research purposes.
• At the late stages of 1.0 large companies such as CNN had pages on the
Web to post information. Public users could only go on to look at these
pages; not post to it themselves.
• The point where Web 1.0 ended and the next stage began cannot be
exactly defined. It is somewhere along the lines when the internet allowed
its users to become more interactive amongst each other.
What is Web 1.0 cont…
• A big difference in the switch between Web 1.0 to the next stage is
the addition of more apps and software that the user can update and
have more control over.
Web 1.0 Pros
• The main concept of a Web 1.0 Web page is a page that visitors
cannot update or make changes on. As the web developed features
were added that made it possible for users to do these things such as
update and change websites. Most people would say that because of
this, why would anyone create a Web page with the Web 1.0 concept
anymore? In some circumstances it is more fitting to create a Web
page with the 1.0 concept, for example if a restaurant were to create
a Web page, they would make regular changes to it as the menu
developed, however they would not want it to be open to the public
to make changes to it; this is where a Web 1.0 concept works better.
Web 1.0 Cons
• Web 1.0 sites are static- A user might visit a Web page about a person once, and
then have no reason to return to it again. A future version of this site might
develop reviews or updates from fellow visitors; something that cannot happen
on a 1.0 site.
• Web 1.0 sites are not interactive- Visitors of 1.0 Web pages have no impact on the
site. They cannot give reviews, make changes or comments or update the site
themselves. Technically no one ever knows that they have visited it.
• Web 1.0 applications are proprietary- Users can download software applications
developed by companies, but cannot see how the application works or modify it
to fit their needs. Whereas with a 2.0 application users can not only see exactly
how the application works, but the applications have an open source code.
Meaning the users can make changes to the program to fit their needs and also
create new programs based on existing ones.
What is Web 2.0
• Web 2.0 is the next stage in the World Wide Web. 2.0 brings better
communication and involvement among Web users, content
providers and enterprises.
• A very big part of the development of Web 2.0 was the introduction
of wikis; one of the most popular being Wikipedia. This information
based site allows users to search for any topic and make changes on
its information if they see it needs to be updated. That updated
information is then able to be viewed by anyone else who searches
What is Web 2.0 cont…
• Some aspects of the Web that best describe the 2.0 era are:
Ajax (computer program to help create Web applications)
Wikis and other collaborative applications
Google Base and other free Web services
Online encyclopedias and dictionaries
Web 2.0 Cons
• Some people opposed to Web 2.0 argue that because of 2.0 pages
being so lenient on who can post information, it affects the credibility
of these pages. They maintain the opinion that, because the average
person can go on these sites and change whatever they want,
whenever they want, Web 2.0 pages could very easily become illegal.
• Another fault often brought up about Web 2.0 is information
overload. Too many people are able to post information whenever
they want, causing the site to clog up with information; much of
which could be false.
Web 2.0 Pros
• Those who argue for the Web 2.0 sites, say that the issue of false
information has existed since the beginning, and that the alternative
to these problems (widespread censorship) would simply make
• Web 2.0 enthusiast also state that this way gives equal opportunity to
those of good intentions, to speak their minds and voice their
opinions. Also on sites that sell goods and services, customers can
post reviews and comments about the businesses product that help
make changes that improve it.
What is Web 3.0
• Web 3.0 is hard to describe in this day and age. Currently the internet
is transitioning into 3.0. As I mentioned before experts say that 3.0 is
expected to be a giant data base that knows everything about you.
The main difference between 2.0 and 3.0 will be that currently Web
2.0 makes connections between people, whereas 3.0 would make
connections between information.
• An example of how this technology would work is if one were to be
looking for a place to eat on vacation. With Web 2.0 technology one
would have to do research on what there was for options close to
them and which ones they were interested in. With Web 3.0
technology your computer would already know where you were and
what your interests were, to make your search easier.
Web 3.0 Pros
• Users of the 3.0 internet will be able to talk to their computers the
way they do to people. It will never answer your questions will a list
of results from many sites, instead it will answer in common
expression with results from different sites, giving you more positive
feedback. This technology already vaguely exists on things such as Siri
for the iPhone however they’re still flawed and still give the majority
of its answer as lists form a page on the internet. This updated
technology of Web 3.0 will never direct you to a site.
Web 3.0 Cons
• Many oppose the idea of a Web 3.0 technology because they think
that it will completely desensitize our population. If this technology
becomes as advanced as some say it will, people will have no reason
to communicate in person with anyone or have to show any real
• The introduction of this extreme technology will also cut a lot of
people out of jobs. For instance, phone books will no longer need to
exist, retail stores would be in jeopardy because computers will know
every bit of information and people would not have to leave their
homes to get clothes etc..