Web3 is a term that can seem mysterious and intimidating but it’s really an important update in comparison to traditional Web2 websites. If you’re in the process of building a website or planning one for the future, you should really be thinking about how Web3 can help.
When we talk about the web today, we’re talking about a platform that’s entirely different than what it was in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The web has transformed from a place where you could only view static content to the interactive, multimedia hub that it is today – and we have something called “web2” to thank for that.
Web2 is a term that was coined by Tim O’Reilly and Dale Dougherty, but it wasn’t until 2004 or so that it really caught on as an industry buzzword. While there’s no single definition of this term, experts generally agree that web2 refers to a set of technologies and practices that allow users to create content as well as consume it; make connections with other users; contribute to platforms like blogs, wikis, and social networking sites; share information; and participate in discussion forums.
Web2 has had some major effects on our society. For one thing, it has made the internet into a social space where people can interact with each other online. It’s also played a role in the rise of citizen journalism and in making niche markets more viable. And perhaps most importantly, web2 has allowed people to express themselves online.
Web3 is a vision for the future of the internet—and it’s just around the corner.
It was born out of frustration with the status quo: Web2, the internet we all know and love, is controlled by central authorities that have the right to ban you, eschew your content, and otherwise control what you see and don’t see. Web3 takes this problem head-on and aims to build an open network that lets you be in control of your data.
Web3 is free from central authorities; it’s built on peer-to-peer networks instead of centralized servers. Web3 makes sure you own your data; you have to give permission before someone else can use it. With Web3, you’re in control of your identity; no one should be able to decide who gets to be on the internet.
Web3 is the next evolution of the internet, and it’s coming to a computer near you soon.
The thing is that, right now, our computers do all the heavy lifting. We ask them to perform tasks, and they execute them without fail. But what if we could actually make computers help us? What if we could give them little jobs to do and have them come back with results?
Web3 will be able to do just that. It’s built on a decentralized network of computers that can talk to one another through an app store-like interface called the DApp Store. The DApp Store will allow people like you and me to build applications that are powered by this decentralized network of computers, also known as “the Blockchain”.
Overall, as we’ve mentioned before, it seems Web3 is right on the cusp of revolutionizing the Internet and how we use it. The apps themselves are only in their infancy, but with time and progress, Web3 could become a standard that could truly change how we go about our daily lives. We like to imagine a future where the Internet is decentralized and secure, and anyone can access whatever they need or want to using only the information on their hands. Big words for a new technology, but we’ll see if history repeats itself.