Comparing web1 and web2, we have seen the changes in Internet culture brought about by web3

After receiving a few questions about Web3, I want to write a quick post that delves into Web3. There is no long talk, I will explain it as simply as possible.

To understand Web3, let’s first understand the characteristics of Web1 and Web2.

Web1: Just read

Since the 1980s, the Internet has officially existed. Content creators have a place on the Internet, but most users who used the Internet in the 1990s were consumers of static web pages and rarely produced content. Perhaps it is the result of the shift from print media to the Internet, where professional writers, journalists and reporters dominate content creation. There are few content models here. People enter the Internet for consumption or just for reading.

Compared with print publications, we have seen less content review during this period (although still dominant). Therefore, people began to question the credibility of the rapidly growing information database. There are loose social networks on Web1, and a few “Internet companies” control the content on the Internet. Web1-style websites still exist today, but they are not very typical. Craigslist is an example you may be familiar with.

Web2: read-write

Next is Web2 or the network as we know it today. It took over web1 in the early 2000s.

Web2 was created by Tim O’Reilly, and it is driven by server upgrades, developer skills, and faster Internet speeds-this is the leading way for interactive web applications. Some people attribute it to the result of the Internet boom.

Although there are many companies that dominate Web2, there are also some giants that we are all familiar with. In essence, Web2 provides everyone with the space to become a content creator and consumer at the same time-although not everyone really makes money from what they create. Users make media on social networks, such as Facebook, and then they can sell personal data to generate considerable income. This is completely allowed because the centralized company owns the ownership of user data and all user-generated content. The censorship in Web2 has been cancelled, but it largely depends on the platform. Although users are both suppliers and consumers on this network, they are subject to the place where they create and consume and transfer their rights.

Platforms are isolated in Web2, and users need to create an identity between each platform to interact, because platforms will not “talk” to each other. In addition, capital accumulation is at the top. Privacy is also a huge issue, although intermediaries have a responsibility to protect our privacy.

Web3: read-write-own

Ownership is one of the biggest characteristics of Web3-participants have full ownership of its content, data and assets.

The Bitcoin network was launched in 2009, and it provided the pioneering spirit of Web3. It is important to note that the Internet has not yet reached what we think of as Web3, but the products and services being built are considered “Web3.” This just means that they comply with the following principles to varying degrees: openness, decentralization, censorship resistance, immutability, no trust and no permission.

We are slowly seeing what it means for the Web2 platform to think about starting to build products and services suitable for Web3, such as Twitter’s Bluesky project, which aims to set decentralized standards for social media . Like the transition from Web1 to Web2, the transition from Web2 to Web3 is mainly due to the advancement of infrastructure, but as governance will be more user-centric, the way of thinking of builders and developers will also change. With the removal of the middleman and the existence of the data on the unalterable infrastructure, the data cannot be controlled, so there is no censorship and the risk of data loss is also lower.

Interoperability is a major theme of blockchain because it will be applicable to Web3-based platforms. Almost like the description of the meta universe, different platforms can be pieced together to form a fluid space, and a person’s identity can remain the same, that is, there is no need to create an account across different platforms.

Many people claim that joining Web3 is as easy as setting up your encrypted wallet (ie MetaMask ). There is a wallet that connects one to a decentralized application for interaction and transactions.

Examples of Web3 tools may help shape thinking. This is an excellent mapping of the Web3 protocol and its Web2 equivalent:

Comparing web1 and web2, we have seen the changes in Internet culture brought about by web3

Take Medium as an example. It is a centralized tool for authors to publish articles and earn some income, but they have no say in its governance. In contrast, Mirror allows writers to obtain full ownership of their work, have a say in their governance (being regarded as co-owners), and make money directly from their audience. This is the subject we will continue to focus on as we are all starting to move to Web3. Like Web1, Web2 will always exist in certain parts of the Internet, but it will not dominate our online space for most of the future.

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