Web 2.0 and Web 3.0: The Great Comparison

There has been so much raving for the birth of Web 3.0 (also known as Semantic Web). This is with a good reason especially when the two webs – 2.0 and 3.0 are being pitted against each other. There are also ongoing debates as to which technology actually came first, was it the Web 2.0 technology or that of Web 3.0?

The technology of Web 2.0 began at the very end of the 90’s wherein Microsoft created JavaScript to be able to support Microsoft OWA (and also other types of software). Web 2.0 has contributed much on the consolidation of chat, e-mails, and also newsgroups which were very popular since the 80’s. With these going public (evolving into blogging and social networks), the pages are now written on the HTML format rather than just pure text.

Web 2.0 was the very essence of hypertext and what were once mere newsgroups are now rampant social networks and uncontrollable blogs. By 1996, XML which was copied from SGML has been tagged as the next language of the Internet. By 1997 up until 1999, the Semantic web has started as a definite model. Despite the technologies offered by Web 2.0, Tim Berners-Lee tagged it as ‘insignificant’.

TBL wanted to make a difference by giving idea to the creation of machines that would not only do people’s commands but also interpret these commands and to think on their own. Web 3.0 is not just about information, machines, and humans—it is the stage where news, entertainment, work, love, and basically life itself become alive. Humans are now not merely spectators but a part of the web.

These great expectations are the very reasons why Web 3.0 has had troubles in getting serious. The very thought that machines can have minds of their own is a challenging notion to some. Just imagine a world where the main manpower consists of machines and humans take the backseat.

With Web 3.0, data evolve into more than just information—it could become relationships, connectivity, and functionality. Tim Berners-Lee did not spend almost a decade of his life in developing most of the Internet content for nothing. Web 3.0 has to be better than its predecessor.

Web 2.0 is the haven for search engines and it still is. But very soon, there would be freedom from their clout. The Semantic web will be the world of thousands or, perhaps, even millions of webs (although the term web is no longer applicable as it is already the merging of data, information, and applications).

Web 3.0 is already in use and even governments trust it. That is a major gauge as to the advanced features of the Semantic web (else any government wouldn’t employ it). Adobe and Yahoo have also done the same and have jumped into the wagon.

Although Web 2.0 may be tagged as outdated or an antique, the fact that Web 3.0 evolved from it is enough to conclusion that it helped prepare the way for the better web version. The former isn’t totally dead but many are going crazy about the mere mention of Web 3.0. in fact, many believe that Web 2.0 just existed as a bridge between Web 1.0 and Web 3.0. The world has every reason to herald the forthcoming of the third version.

Learn more about the development of Web 2.0 into Web 3.0 by visiting http://www.worldinternetcourse.com

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