Web2 and Web3 - What are the Differences?
Web3 technology is becoming prevalent in the modern age. It is a move away from Web2 and an opportunity to make browsing safer, easier, and more user-focused.
Through this article, we are going to look at the major differences between Web2 and Web3. We will also explain why Web3 matters.
The Evolution of the Internet
The web started with what is now referred to as Web1. It was largely a tool of business, very clunky, and required computer experts (in large part) to use. Web2, the web we use today, incorporated applications through sites. This allowed for online shopping, ads, simplified communication systems (like social media), and many other apps that make our lives easier.
Unfortunately, with time this foundation of the web became home to many bad actors. Hackers, spammers, and endless ads and pop-ups. Even trusted websites like Amazon, and online banking platforms suffer from a single point of failure which puts your data at risk.
Blockchain is used to protect against many issues that Web2 struggles with and brings it into Web3 technology. This shift will be pivotal in improving overall uses in internet technology and give us a far more reliable way of surfing the web.
Why Does Web3 Matter?
We have seen what makes Web3 better than Web2 but what are some of the core advantages of this shift?
- Distributed servers - making storage of our information safer;
- Computers connected directly - allowing us to communicate without using third parties;
- Focused ads and greater rewards - users can gain from interacting with ads they choose to view;
- Supply chain management - sourcing and tokenizing of products in transit ensure legitimacy and proper handling;
- Trustless systems - users don’t need to know who they are dealing with to build a coordinated relationship.
The Future of Web3
Web3 is still very much in its infancy. Hence, to build a “practical” future of Web3 there are many milestones that need to be reached, such as:
- Interoperability between systems and applications;
- Scalability - so apps can run at the pace we have come to expect of Web2;
- Accessibility - as many users still find the technology complicated and hard to use.
If developers can improve on some of these issues, Web3 will grow faster. However, how can we help them achieve their web3-related goals? There are a few crucial aspects:
- Implementing simpler coding languages to produce blockchain apps;
- Simple, practical platforms that users can easily learn to use;
- Software Development Kits (SDKs).