The internet that we know today has undergone several iterations, since its official birthday on January 1, 1983. A concept that started as a new technology for sharing information between government, institutions, and researchers now connects 63.1% of the global population. Fast-forward, we are on the third iteration of the internet known as Web3, which promises to decentralize online computations, as well as user experiences.
But how did we get here? What is the relationship between Web 1.0, We 2.0, and Web3, and how do NFTs come in? Keep reading to stay updated.
What are Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web3?
As the name suggests, Web 1.0 is the first version of the Web, which was dominated by a small group of companies creating Web pages and content for larger audience groups. This internet allowed users to read only without engaging with visuals or interactivity controls. Look at this Web as a digital dictionary
Web 1.0 was succeeded by Web 2.0, an iteration that has dominated the interest for nearly two decades now. Web 2.0 brings many content creators to engage with a growing audience through interactive elements on web pages. In other words, this iteration allows users to participate and contribute to what they read. The rise of social media platforms puts this into a better perspective.
Web3 is lining up to take over from Web 2.0 and bring a decentralized internet to the user. This iteration seeks to move users from centralized platforms, such as Facebook, to decentralized applications where they can truly own and monetize their data.
Comparison Between Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web3
Web 1.0, Web 2.0, and Web3 stack up against each other in many ways, all drawing a host of differences and similarities. For instance, the core tenet of all these iterations hinges on fostering the relationship between information and end users. On top of that, they all depend on the internet to work and feature that standard “read” functions.
Nonetheless, these iterations have various unique features as well:
The Role of NFTs in Web3
NFTs play various roles in Web3, as far as the future of the decentralized internet is concerned. Briefly, NFTs build the foundation of:
- Access to Online Communities and Events: Projects like Cryptopunks and the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) have demonstrated the potential of NFTs in enabling incorruptible membership passes to exclusive online clubs and communities.
- Digital Identity and Asset Ownership: Non-fungible tokens are immutable allowing users to leverage them for digital identities. For instance, a user can leverage one unique NFT avatar to access multiple decentralized DApps, including Metaverse projects, provided the token is interoperable
How YouMinter Connects Web 2.0 and Web3
YouMinter is a Web3 social app that brings a familiar Web 2.0 user experience into the decentralized world, allowing everyone to create and mint NFTs on the go. In YouMinter, you can seamlessly create unique NFT content, just like you make a post in a traditional Web 2.0 platform. What’s more, YouMinter invites users to co-own the platform in the traditional Ownership Economy Program. Follow our handles on Twitter, Instagram, and Telegram to stay updated as we launch new in-app upgrades.