Web 2.0 , Web 3.0, What are the Differences?

Oluwatumininu
3 min readMar 2, 2022

The Internet evolved gradually over years, transitioning from the passive to the interactive experience. The fixed, document-based Web has advanced into an interactive and innovative social space, which now allows the connection between documents, people, and data.

Recently, the advent of Web 3.0 taking over the internet has made a lot of people including me curious about what it actually entails. Before going into details, let’s define Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 in the simplest way possible.

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Web 2.0 is the technology we currently interact with on a daily basis. Think of WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram and other applications or website you’ve had to input your details like name, email, phone number and the likes, that is Web 2.0.

Web 2.0 is the technology that has been existing since the 90’s and it is also known as the ‘original’ technology. This technology is much more about the current state of the web, which has more user-generated content and usability for end-users as compared to the first generation of technology — Web 1.0. Basically, Web 2.0 refers to the Internet applications that have transformed the digital space in the aftermath of the dotcom (.com) era.

Web 3.0 is simply the latest generation of technology. It is also known as the decentralized web. Web 3.0 uses artificial intelligence to enhance user experience on web3 platforms.

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Web 3.0 makes Internet content more diverse and incredibly accessible by allowing computers, not people, to generate new data, unlike web 2.0 where data is fetched, controlled and stored by people (well, these people can decide whatever they want to do with the collected data).

Also, the introduction of new programming languages, being able to draw information from a very wide diverse sources, and the chance of creating and sharing all types of data differentiates Web 3.0 from the older versions of the web (Web 1.0 — read only, visuals, presentations, Web 2.0 — creation, interaction, social, application).

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Again, the description of Web 3.0 would be incomplete without clarifying its link with blockchain and cryptocurrency technology, which are currently reforming the finance market.

Nestcoin is one of the finance market forces using blockchain as its technology where products span across decentralized finance (DeFi), media, digital art and gaming. They’re all designed to meet users wherever they are in their crypto journey for a personalized, immersive experience.

Blockgames, another example of decentralized technology is a highly competitive game competition focusing on blockchain technology and how to leverage it for solving real life problems.

Web 3.0 is the technology that houses blockchain and cryptography. Blockchain is addressing the weaknesses of Web 2.0 by making Web 3.0 very transparent and more secure by enabling unequivocal ownership and control of the data.

The use of cloud storage, smart contracts, and other technologies housed by Web 3.0 are already in use to build trust and achieve greater efficiency.

References: https://blockgames.gg/ https://zuri.team/ https://nestcoin.com/

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Oluwatumininu

I love to live like Aelin Galathynius in my head. I'm a Product Designer.