Web 1.0  VS  Web 2.0  VS  Web 3.0

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Web 1.0 VS Web 2.0 VS Web 3.0


  • If we don't know about decentralised internet by the end of this decade, we have to struggle like some old or illiterate people struggling now to use internet.
  • Web 3 is the decentralised internet.
  • Before knowing web 3, we first need to know about web 1 and web 2.

This article is an attempt to give readers a sense of what web 3 is.

Web 1.0

  • Web 1.0 is the first iteration of web.
  • The users could only see or read the data from the web applications.
  • It wasn't possible to send data from user side to the server.
  • The creators were mostly developers who build websites.
  • The websites used to be static and hence, no interactivity.
  • In simple words, websites were just newspapers but on computer screen in web 1.0 era.

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Web 2.0

  • The web that most of us using extensively now-a-days is web 2.0 .
  • In web 1.0, you need to be a developer to share data through internet as you have to code the web application by yourself.
  • But in web 2.0, you are not coding anything to share data on internet.
  • We are just using an application like facebook or whatsapp to share anything.
  • Web 2.0 is web 1.0 with interactivity.
  • Users can not only read the data but can also write data (send data to server).

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Disadvantages of web 2.0

  • In web 2.0, the companies which built the applications for people to use has the centralised authority.
  • That is why this is centralised internet.
  • Companies have the access to the user data with which they can do whatever they want like advertising, recommendations.
  • They are charging users for letting the people use their application like buying apps on app store or play store.
  • Banks are also centralised and governments can also intervene in their decisions.
  • These centralised organisations can shut down whenever they want.

All these are because of having a centralised power. In decentralised system, everyone in the network has equal power.

Web 3.0

  • Web 3.0 aims to solve the issues discussed above.
  • Web 3.0 applications doesn't just run on a single server and use a single database.
  • Instead, they run on a block chain.
  • To know what is block chain and how it works, read this short and informative article written by me a short article on block chain
  • Applications which run on block chain are called decentralised applications (Dapps).
  • Our data is safe in web 3.0. It is because that our identity in web 3.0 is a wallet address which is a long hash value rather than our actual details like name etc.
  • Web 3.0 uses a peer to peer architecture.

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There are many other advantages and details regarding to web 3. But this article aims to differentiate web 3 from web 2.

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