In the beginning, Web 1.0 was a messy place. It was a time when the Web was free.
Anyone could run a website for free, and anyone could view one. If you liked the way someone's website looked, you'd check out the code and add it to your own site.
It was a place not controlled by any country or government.
The final line of A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace reads,
We will create a civilization of the Mind in Cyberspace. May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before.
This statement embodies the idea behind the first version of the Web. It had some flaws though. Users could rarely interact with sites, and so the early web served mostly as an information dump. This started to change with things like Usenet and others, but unfortunately, Web 1.0 did not survive for long.
This new Web brought corporations online. The Web slowly stopped being a place to visit your friend's site, but a place to see your friend's video, on a corporation's site. This new version of the Web seemed good at first, but as we know now, corporation control over something that was intended to be free is not a good idea. The reason way Web 2.0 survived is because of the amazing services brought by these corporations. Think of Youtube, or MSN Hotmail, Facebook. The list goes on and on. Web 2.0 is a web dominated by internet giants: Google, Amazon, etc. Web 2.0 is how the Web is today, for the most part, but people are slowly waking up to the issues it presents. One example would be the privacy scandal with Facebook. Right now, the Web is a centralized place controlled by a few companies, that don't respect your privacy. But there is a solution.
Web 3.0 is an effort to provide the services of Web 2.0 and more, without the evil corporate control.
Web 3.0 is based around these ideas:
In a worst case scenario, Web 3.0 never gets out of the beta stage it is now. In best case scenario, Web 3.0 represents not only a change of the Web, but of our society, around the Web 3.0 principles. A beautiful peer-to-peer world, the way humans (and computers!) were meant to live. I believe in the best case scenario, and that we should all try and work toward building a new place for all of us.
Do you like what you've heard? Head to the Getting Started page to enter the future.