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Major Difference between Web2 and Web3

Web3 has become the trending technology in recent time. Everybody is talking about it. Many companies has adopted the web3 technology. Today, I'm going to explain the major differences between web2 and web3.

What Is Web2

If you a beginner in this space you will be confused just like I was the first time I heard the word web2 or web 2.0. For the rest of this article I will be using web2.

The web2 is the current version of the Internet as we know it – less static and more dynamic. Web2 started to become popular in 2004, when the first Web2 conference was held. The system behind it aims to actively engage users, and the content itself is more user-generated. The way we share and deliver information has been transformed with Web2 components like blogs, wikis and social media platforms. Take Facebook or Twitter as examples: users can not only read information, they can also share thoughts, perspectives and opinions by liking, sharing, tagging, tweeting etc. Undoubtedly, there is a dependency on “Big Tech” companies to provide the infrastructure and services we need, a reliance Web3 hopes to remove.
The web browser technologies are used in Web2 development and it includes AJAX and JavaScript frameworks. Recently, AJAX and JavaScript frameworks have become a very popular means of creating web2 sites.

What is Web3

Web3 is the future, and a more intelligent, autonomous and open version of the Internet. Computers will be able to interpret information in a way that is more similar to humans, and by using technologies like Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR), users will be given more personalized content and experiences.

The Semantic Web (3.0) promises to establish “the world’s information” in a more reasonable way than Google can ever attain with their existing engine schema. This is particularly true from the perspective of machine conception as opposed to human understanding. The Semantic Web necessitates the use of a declarative ontological language like OWL to produce domain-specific ontologies that machines can use to reason about information and make new conclusions, not simply match keywords.

The purpose of Web3

The Internet is currently controlled by Big Tech companies like Youtube, Amazon, Netflix and Meta (Facebook), they hold the information, the power and the profits. Web3 plans to steer us towards decentralization of power and profits by instead letting it trickle down to the participants. At present, the most promising way to achieve this is would be to use blockchain technology and a version of Decentralized Applications (Dapps).

Difference between Web2 and web3

  • Web3 leverages artificial intelligence for offering correct results at a faster pace alongside accessing real-time insights.

  • Web2 enables free information sorting thereby enabling users to collectively retrieve and classify the information.

  • Web3 refers to the Semantic Web functionality. It implies that Web3 could support understanding the meaning of words. As a result, machines and humans could easily find, share and analyze information in web3.

  • web2 is also referred to as a participative social web. Users could now participate in the creation and sharing of responsive content alongside presenting favorable prospects for collaboration. Therefore, one can clearly notice how web2 is vital in encouraging the growth of new virtual communities.

This article is written as part of BLOCKGAMES, NESTCOIN and ZURI blockchain training

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