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The Evolution of the Web

By Colin McNamara
Published in Technology
October 13, 2022
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The Evolution of the Web

The World Wide Web was conceptualized by Tim Berners-Lee almost 30 years ago. As a result, the web has evolved from a simple way for academics to share research papers to a complex ecosystem of interconnected apps and services we depend on today. The web has undergone three major iterations, each building on the previous. Currently, we are in the midst of the third iteration, referred to as “web3.” So, what does web3 look like, and how does it differ from its predecessors?

Web1.0: The early days of the internet were all about sharing information. Websites were primarily static pages of text with hyperlinks that allowed users to navigate from one page to another. There was very little interactivity or user-generated content; instead, users simply consumed the content that was made available to them.

Web2.0: The second iteration of the web brought a new focus on interactivity and user-generated content. Services like Blogger, Flickr, and YouTube allowed users to create and share their own content with the world. Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter allowed users to connect with friends and family online. And e-commerce sites like Amazon and eBay allowed people to buy and sell goods without leaving their homes.

Web3.0: The current iteration of the web is all about decentralization. With web3 applications, no central server stores all of the data; instead, it is distributed across a network of computers (often referred to as a “distributed ledger”). This has many advantages, chief among them being increased security and anonymity for users. Additionally, because there is no central point of failure, web3 applications are much more resilient than their predecessors. Finally, thanks to recent advances in blockchain technology, web3 applications have the potential to revolutionize how we interact with the internet by giving users true ownership over their data.

So what does all this mean for businesses? For one thing, the days of relying on a single service provider for your website or application are numbered. With web3 applications, businesses can choose from a variety of decentralized services that are more secure, private, and resilient than anything that has come before. Additionally, blockchain technology will give businesses unprecedented transparency and accountability regarding online transactions. Ultimately, web3 represents a significant shift in how we interact with the internet—and businesses would be wise to start preparing for it now.


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