Will This Be The Future? From Web 1.0 to Web 4.0

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The first phase of the web, namely the one in which a progressive definition of technological standards takes place is called Web 1.0. Websites, directories and search engines have allowed to give life to this new reality and spread its use among millions of users.

During this phase, the web is a kind of library for the user where to find information, websites are static, not frequently updated and only webmasters have the skills to modify the pages of a website. Gradually internet has evolved thanks to the use of content management systems (CMS) and languages such as Javascript, dynamic elements and style sheets (CSS), which have allowed the creation of real applications, very different from the old concept of hypertext.

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According to Wikipedia, the term Web 2.0 is used to generically indicate a state of evolution of the Internet compared to the previous condition. We tend to associate Web 2.0 as the set of all online applications that allow a strong level of site-user interaction. The expression emphasizes the differences compared to the so-called Web 1.0, widespread since the 90s, which was mainly composed of static websites – web navigation without any possibility of interaction with the user (except for normal browsing the pages, the use of emails and search engines). Then with site that were developed with Web 2.0 technologies, allowed data to become independent of the person who produces them or the website that created them. This is the term of Consumer Generated Media (or User Generated Content). The CGMs include all information created by consumers on any subject, including products and services.

Thus, we arrive to the Web 3.0, which focuses on the individuality of the person or organization and goes to act through the experience to create interaction and loyalty.

Some key assumptions of the Web 3.0 are:

  • The semantic web, natural language research, tagging.
  • Mobile devices, ubiquitous connectivity
  • The cloud, Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning

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Web 4.0 is the one where we are about to arrive. Some features of this evolution could be the Internet of Things, the Domoic, Augmented Reality (AR), the ever-increasing and symbiotic interaction between web and humans.

Will this be the future? We shall see.

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