Web 1.0 was known as the “dot-com” phase.
This version of the web was characterized by static web pages. It was basically a “read-only” version of the web, kind of like a newspaper, where users could only read content but not interact with it, like leaving comments or liking them.
Here’s what people had to say back in the early 2000s about Web 1.0…
Some saw it as an opportunity for more accessible knowledge, while others believed that the hype would die down with time.
Does this sound familiar? As an emerging technology, web3 has received a lot of criticism – some of which is fair, but much of it can be non-constructive. As innovations materialize, skeptics and pessimists alongside it. But there are bound to be critics with every great invention.
On the other end of the spectrum, some saw the web as a promising technology that would connect all of us globally and would help us reach superhuman intelligence.
Perhaps you’ll start to see how web3 aims to further connect us and help remove the barriers we face today. After all, it aims to be an inclusive space that brings underrepresented communities into tech and finance, something that previous versions of the web left behind.
Fun fact: Supporters of Web 1.0 thought it would help marginalized voices by giving them the same access to information that we have – a way to level out the playing field with a touch of a button.
Anywho, these opinions on Web 1.0 were formulated during a time when there were many untapped opportunities. A lot of developers were still trying to figure out and shape the future of the web. And as they did, we came to the Web 2.0 era: participating and creating.