The Emergence of Web 3.0

The emergence of web 3 and web 4 resulted in discussions regarding the difference and improvements from web 2. Web 3 will be more image dynamic, while web 2 only offers alpha search, web 3 will provide brand image.

‘Web 3.0, a phrase coined by John Markoff of the New York Times in 2006, refers to a supposed third generation of Internet-based services that collectively comprise what might be called ‘the intelligent Web’.’ (Lifeboat Foundation 2013)

Some of the key features of web 2 include; focusing on communities, blogs, sharing content, RSS, web applications and tagging. While features of web 3 include; the portable personal web, focused on Individuals, lifestream, consolidating dynamic content, widgets and user Behaviour.

‘The big difference to me between 2.0 and 3.0 is that there will be a resurgence of experts….but that the experts will be decided by basic market values of supply and demand. We will need experts to show us how to collate all of the information over the internet and then make it visually accessible to our audience.’ (Thread bare beauty, 2012)

Semantic markup and web services are the two parts which form web 3.0. Semantic markup refers to the communication gap between human web users and computerized applications. While a web service is a software system designed to support computer-to-computer interaction over the Internet. Developments in technology has allowed web 3.0 to achieve this and while the digital world and technological era that we live in is ever growing, web 4.0 has been discussed. ‘Although Web 4.0 still is in developing mode and the true shape is still forming, first signals are in that Web 4.0 will be about a linked web which communicates with us like we communicate with each other’ (Flat World Business, 2013)




Flat World Business. 2013. Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 vs Web 3.0 vs Web 4.0 – A bird’s eye on the evolution and definition. Available from: [Accessed 28 February 2013]  

Lifeboat Foundation. 2013. Web 3.0: The Third Generations Web Is Coming. Available from: [Accessed 28 February 2013]  

Thread bare beauty. 2012. The Emergence of Web 3. Available from: [Accessed 28 February 2013]  


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