Web Insights: Then and Now
The Internet age has many definitions. Initially, there was what we now call Web 1.0, back then named Web. When Web 1.0 was developed, the first websites, portals, and online services existed, and users could only read the information without the chance of a direct interaction. It was the Web of one-way communication.
Then, Web 2.0, with the emergence and proliferation of social networks and all their applications, such as blogs, forums, and podcasts, made new forms of participatory communication possible.
Moreover, because of the development of these new instruments, users started to communicate among themselves and share content through the Web, helping to generate the content itself. As a passive actor, the user leads in creating and managing online content by building new processes and dynamics in what we can also call a collaborative web.
Web 3.0. Here, we come to the third stage. It was called that for the first time in 2006, and it is characterised more by a series of factors than by a particular technology. The watchword is connection, and there have been numerous elements, such as merger poles web databases, that contributed to characterising Web 3.0 as an era in which the Internet deeply came into our lives by becoming an integral part of our daily lives where we are all constantly connected, anytime and anywhere.
Recently, they have been talking about Web 4.0 and its related future predictions. Indeed, augmented reality and big data will be central in the next stage of web technologies. It is suspected that it will be an age in which each person will have a digital alter ego and talk more and more with new interfaces, like intelligent machines. There’s also a clear dystopia vision of the Web in the future, with greater control over the information that will affect the digital world and the reality around us.