World Wide Web is the primary tool used by billions of people to share, read, and write information to interact with other people via internet. World Wide Web made much progress since its advent, in this article I will be sharing a brief idea of the evolution happened in web from web 1.0 to 2.0 and to web 3.0.
The first version of web Web 1.0 also referred as Syntactic web or read only web is the era(1990–2000) where the role of a user is limited to reading information provided by the content producers. There is no option given for user or consumer to communicate back the information to the content producers. Example of Web 1.0 are static web sites and personal sites.
Four Design Features of Web 1.0 include.
2.Content is served from the server’s file-system.Pages built using Server Side Includes or Common
3.Gateway Interface (CGI).
4.Frames and Tables used to position and align the elements on a page.
Five major features of Web 2.0
1. Free sorting of information,
2. permits users to retrieve and classify the information collectively.
3. Dynamic content that is responsive to user input.Information flows between site owner and site users by means of evaluation & online commenting.
4. Developed APIs to allow self-usage, such as by a software application.
5. Web access leads to concern different, from the traditional Internet user base to a wider variety of users.
Usage of Web 2.0
The social Web contains a number of online tools and platforms where people share their perspectives, opinions, thoughts and experiences.
Web 2.0 applications tend to interact much more with the end user. As such, the end user is not only a user of the application but also a participant by these 8 tools mentioned below:Podcasting, Blogging, Tagging, Curating with RSS, Social bookmarking, Social networking Social media, Web content voting.
• What if computers can understand meaning behind information.
• What if they can learn “what we are interested in”
• Then they can help us find what we want
• It can recognise People, Place, Events, Companies, Product, Movies etc.,
• It can understand the relationship between things.
Some of the examples of web 3.0 are Apple’s Siri, Googles Cloud API, Wolfram Alpha.
The Web 2.5 is the concept to address the practical and real evolution which we are currently seeing in our era 2010–2020 between Web 2.0 and 3.0. On our way to Web 3.0 some of player like Amazon, Google, Salesforce, KiSSFLOW etc., provides a service model in Cloud computing for developers to create web applications for their users to connect them on any devices, anytime and anywhere.
Web 2.5 is majorly focussing on mobile computing and evolution in mobile technologies. As we all know mobile computing plays a major role in engaging larger audience via native apps as well as mobile web apps, we can find more and more apps getting into mobile market to establish their presence by addressing mobile users. Some of the technologies which got introduced in this era where Progressive Web Apps(PWA), Accelerated Mobile Pages(AMP) etc., To make in conceptually clear we can call Web 2.5 as the convergence between Social and Semantic web.
5 main features that can help us define Web 3.0
1.Semantic Web : The succeeding evolution of the Web involves the Semantic Web. The semantic web improves web technologies in demand to create, share and connect content through search and analysis based on the capability to comprehend the meaning of words, rather than on keywords or numbers.
2. Artificial Intelligence: Combining this capability with natural language processing, in Web 3.0, computers can distinguish information like humans in order to provide faster and more relevant results. They become more intelligent to fulfil the requirements of users.
3. 3D Graphics: The three-dimensional design is being used widely in websites and services in Web 3.0. Museum guides, computer games, ecommerce, geospatial contexts, etc. are all examples that use 3D graphics.
4. Connectivity With Web 3.0: information is more connected thanks to semantic metadata. As a result, the user experience evolves to another level of connectivity that leverages all the available information.
5. Ubiquity: Content is accessible by multiple applications, every device is connected to the web, the services can be used everywhere.