Written By: Artika Shah
Internet has become a part of our everyday life. From being used to plainly surf the web to being used in the security purposes by the United States military for communications. There are millions of applications on internet and every day we are exploring new applications and upgrades in the world of web 2.0. When we talk about applications, it was not so long ago when Web 1.0 was launched which quickly transformed into Web 2.0. Many people are still trying to get accustomed to Web 2.0 and tech geeks are already beginning to think about Web 3.0. Web 2.0 is well established, and sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Digg have turned the internet from a static source of information into a huge, interactive digital platform. So will Web 3.0 be like? How different will it be from the web we use today?
What is Web 3.0?
Web 3.0 is defined as the creation of high-quality content and services produced by gifted individuals using Web 2.0 technology as an enabling platform. It is being referred by experts as the semantic web, semantic meaning data driven. The data will come from the users and the web will adjust to meet the needs of the user. Say for example, if you do a lot of searching for design blogs, you will receive more advertisements pertaining to design. And when you search for other things like computers, the web will keep in mind that you often search for design and may pull up search queries that combine design and computers.
BENEFITS AND DRAWBACKS OF WEB 3.0
- The most important benefit of Web 3.0 is the move towards being able to access data from anywhere which is mainly being driven by the heavy usage of smart phones and cloud applications
- Increased information linking
- More efficient searching
- Better marketing
- More efficient web browsing and increased communication.
- Less advanced computers won't be able to handle it
- Web 1.0 websites will seem that much more obsolete
- Technology is not entirely ready for it yet
- A lot of money has been spent by the government on research for it
- It is very complicated.
KNOWING WEB 2.0
The term Web 2.0 was coined in 2003 by Dale Dougherty, a Vice President at O’Reilly Media and is associated with web applications that facilitate participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design, and collaboration on the World Wide Web. The examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites, blogs, vikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups and folksonomies.
Web 3.0 V/S Web 2.0
O’Reilly believes that Web 3.0 is an extension of Web 2.0. Lets take a look at how different or better will it be from Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 is about social networking and mass collaboration with the blurring of lines between content creator and user while Web 3.0 is based on intelligent web applications using:
- Natural language processing
- Machine-based learning and reasoning
- Intelligent applications.
Web 3.0 is about openness. By opening application programming interaces (APIs), protocols, data formats, open-source software platforms and open data, you open up possibilities for creating new tools. Openess can result in identity theft; Web 3.0 attempts to remedy this through open identity, open ID, open reputation, and the ability for roaming portability identity and personal data.
By opening up access to information, Web 3.0 applications can run on any device, computer or mobile phone. The applications can be fast and customizable. Unlike Web 2.0, where programs such as Facebook and MySpace exist in separate silos, Web 3.0 allows users to roam freely from database to database, program to program.
Control of information
Web 3.0 is about control of information and Web 2.0 is about information overload. The most obvious example is in the sheer explosion of programs and passwords on the Web which claim to encourage networking and socialization. Web 3.0 attempts to bring order and allows users to be more precise in searching and finding precisely what they want.
Experts say Web 3.0 will not be part of our lives almost immediately and users will have to rely on Web 2.0 for some more time. This is mainly because; the semantic web technology is in its infancy and will need a considerable amount of time to take the lead. The success of Web 3.0 is unsure however, it seems like it is going to make internet a better place virtually and life altering experience for its consumers.It took over 10 years to make the transition from the original web to Web 2.0. The tech world should witness Web 3.0 sometime around 2015.