Web 3: What Is Web 3.0? (Explained)
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What is Web 3? : So if you're reading this article get ready to learn exactly what web 3.0 is and what it means for cryptocurrencies.

We are going to explain what web 3.0 is how cryptocurrency ideas tie into the evolution of our current internet and what it means for you as a user before we officially start this article though I just want to say that there's not some internet encyclopedia that's verified by the institute of global technology that has a strict definition of what web 3.0 is so instead I'm going to give you a rough definition of what the internet says web 1.0 is what a lot of people are saying web 2.0 is and then I'll explain this new phenomenon that a lot of people are calling web 3.0

What is Web 1.0?

let's start with 1.0 an initial overview of what the internet was between the years of 1991 and 2004 the internet was mostly a bunch of static pages meaning that whenever you loaded them they just showed some stuff and that was it some called it read only there wasn't any logging in or interacting with posts or viewing analytics most of the early internet wasn't even profitable by ads it was mostly just like one big wikipedia all hyperlinked together now of course with time we slowly made improvements and things like flash and javascript added many new different features. however during this time the users of the internet were consumers they went to the internet to consume information.

What is Web 2.0?

Next, we have web 2.0 from around 2004 until now during this time the web evolved a lot but one of the biggest changes was the interactivity of the internet this meant that not only did we get information from pages but the web pages started getting information from us as we viewed Facebook and youtube and performed google searches these centralized companies started collecting data about us so that they could serve us better content which in turn would make us stay on their websites longer this meant more money for them. but eventually they realized they could package up all the data they had collected on us and sell it to advertisers web 2.0 is the age of targeted advertising and the lack of privacy for its users now to be fair we willingly gave up this privacy too for cool apps like Facebook and Twitter.

In web 2.0 me and you could both view facebook.com and see two very different news feeds because the page depended on who was viewing it which is an important note for a difference in web 3 that we'll talk about in a minute the content on your feed is the company sorting data by information that you know that you gave them like likes and how much you watched a video but if you look at the ads that they show you that is them sorting data by information you didn't know you give them when you went to go eat tacos last night they knew that when you dropped your kids off at school every day at 8 a.m except for Fridays they knew that and there was even that one article that said machine learning started showing a guy some parenting ads because they knew he was going to be a father before he did if it wasn't machine learning it was probably because his girlfriend used their public IP address to do a search on her symptoms and the machine learning algorithm probably already knew when she was ovulating anyways.

whatever the case is how they predicted this one centralized company controlling all of this data whether we want to or not is scary.

What is Web 3.0?

Next up is web 3.0 and this is what you came to learn about web 3.0 is the next evolution of the internet probably utilizing blockchain technology and the tools of decentralization in web 2.0 you were the product as you were browsing social networks but in web 3.0 some believe that you will be the owner of your content the stuff that you post online now this is kind of true. so, if you want a post to stay up it'll stay up but if you want to take it down they say in web 3.0 you can control that because as we all know usually when something is on the internet it's always on the internet.

Here's one example that's already real odyssey is a blockchain alternative to youtube where videos can be posted and creators can earn library tokens which are basically a reward for enticing viewers to watch their videos the thing about odyssey though is that they can't really stop a video from being posted if someone uploads it and someone else in the network want to share it they technically download that video and then let others watch that video and download it as well kind of like a big torrent network if you know what that is.

To expand on this your post couldn't get taken down because your post wouldn't just be on one of Facebook servers it would theoretically be on thousands of computers around the world ensuring that the blockchain social network you're on is not attacked or censored. theoretically, this means there would be a lot of illegal and hateful things posted but it would be in the name of freedom of which the users of the networks could probably decide on a system to reduce that harmful content but that's for another article.

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Author(s): Aman Naikya
Published at: 24 Feb 2022 19:15 GMT
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