The Past, Present and Future of the Net (Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0)

Two of the major things in things in this course that I have gotten very excited about learning have been the development of better and better networks as I talked about in the last blog post, but here is the other one; development of the web itself. In today’s final blog post for COM0011 – Introduction to Social Media, I would like to talk a little bit about the evolution of the web itself, through the phases of Web 1.0, 2.0 and the future of Web 3.0. Huge shoutout to this article from which will be also added to the bibliography of this post where you can get more information on this topic.

Web 1.0

These are the earliest days of the internet. From basically 1994 when the internet was first launched, until around 2004 when social media sites started popping up, these were the types of sites that you dealt with. The main things to take away from the early days of the internet is the fact that most of the pages were pretty static (not changing), there were no pop-ups or ads of any kind because in a lot of places advertising on sites in the 1990s was illegal, and there were not a lot of people creating anything online, mostly just people consuming the content from the internet, looking things up, reading them, and then moving on.

Web 2.0

This is our current age, as of 2004 we have been living in the evolving Web 2.0 world where there are not only far more sites, but far more sites that focus on user-generated content. It is what is known as the “participative web”, the one where sites like YouTube (seen in image below), Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and many more thrive. The Web 2.0 era is also one about having the ability to access as much of the same content no matter where you are looking at it and consuming it. On your desktop at home? No problem, Laptop in a café? No issues at all! On your phone in the bathroom? It is still there and still available for you to access in some way.

I do understand that there are some applications like TikTok that may be mobile only, but the main point is that even with that, tablet or smartphone, it is still accessible to the same degree, whereas Web 1.0 sites would have had to be built for mobile which many were not.

Web 3.0

The future! Web 3.0 will revolutionize the way that we use the internet. Right now, we want to find something on the web we will get to Google (or if your mad Bing) and search for it as standard and it will draw up a list of the most visited sites that respond to the query in question. Web 3.0 plans to use what is called the “Semantic Web” and make Googling things a thing of the past by turning the ENTIRE WEB into an infinite database and we will be able to search for what is necessary and what we want to find, without the need for search engines or SEO for our sites. User behavior will be monitored by AI online to guide us to the places we tend to visit and bring us safely to the new places online when searching for something. It is still in the works, but it is rather interesting to think about the future of the web! Let me know in the comments section what you think about the move from the past to now, and do you remember the 90s internet? How does that shape up versus now? Let me know! I have always wondered what came next after the internet…maybe this is what actually happens…it evolves!

Thanks for the read!

Social Media Posts

Facebook: The Past, Present and Future of the Net (Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0) Check out this blog post on my WordPress site where I discuss how the interfaces online have changed, super fascinating to think how far we have come since the beginning days of the internet! (

Twitter: The Past, Present and Future of the Net! From Web 1.0 all the way to the future in Web 3.0, the internet has changed a lot since the earliest of days! Check out my #WordPress post about this on my blog! (


Sharma, M. (2018, September 24). Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 with their difference. Retrieved June 19, 2020, from

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