Web 2.0 + 1 = Web 3.0

Anyone notice that we’re already past Web 1.0 and over 2.0? Well in case you didn’t, you had better catch up to the rest of the online world. In fact, it’s shocking to believe but we’re in Web 3.0. What is 3.0, you ask? It’s just an evolutionary step above the whole user interaction phase of web development. Instead of user-generated content such as podcasting, blogging, lifecasting, photo-sharing, etc., Web 3.0 is developed technology that seems more like artificial intelligence, but not quite what you would see in a Steven Spielberg movie.

Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, defines Web 3.0 according to the different phases of the web over the past dozen years or so:

Web 1.0 was dial-up, 50K average bandwidth, Web 2.0 is an average 1 megabit of bandwidth and Web 3.0 will be 10 megabits of bandwidth all the time, which will be the full video Web, and that will feel like Web 3.0.

Also known as the “semantic” web, once utilized, websites will become more realistic, moving away from being two-dimensional towards the eventual goal of three-dimensional. Could we be seeing holograms soon? Actually this semantic web appears to be creating spiders, cookies, search engines, etc. more aware of what users are searching/looking for online and bringing up more concise results.

By Ken Yeung

Ken Yeung is a journalist fascinated with the tech industry and internet culture. He's currently Flipboard's Assistant Managing Editor, overseeing news curation in technology, science, gaming and health. In addition to his day job, Ken's the co-host of "The Created Economy" podcast, examining the Creator Economy. In a past life, he was a former reporter for VentureBeat and The Next Web, covering tech startups, the industry's innovations and funding.