Analyzing Key Changes In User Experience In Web3 Environments
Web2 is probably one of the biggest and most successful human-made innovations. Like other innovations, it was never perfect. Still, it has improved on many of its shortcomings to the point where organizations, whole cities, and governments rely on it for daily operations. The participative/social web was advertised as user-centric and democratic. However, it has strayed from its core values as it developed into the version of the internet we know today.
Some of the most attractive features of Web2 include -
- A rich user experience with dynamic pages where users can interact freely.
- Prevalence of metadata — a simple example of metadata in a document might include information such as the author, file size, document creation date, and keywords to describe the document.
- Other attributes, such as openness, freedom, and collective intelligence through user participation, can also be seen as essential attributes of Web2.
We are still in the middle of the Web2 era, and we might still be for a long time. However, the next web evolution is already gathering momentum, and pioneers are already laying the foundations for Web3.
The Semantic Web, also known as Web3, is an extension of the World Wide Web through standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium to establish “the world’s information” in a new intuitive model. It is the logical back-end evolution of the web. This transition is a considerable contrast to the evolution from Web1 to Web2, which was a front-end upgrade. The Semantic Web ultimately aims to make data machine-readable.
The development of blockchain technology makes it the most logical basis for the new era of the Web, leveraging concepts of decentralization, blockchain technology, and token-based economics. Web3 is best described through four distinctive characteristics — decentralization, ownership, verifiability, and execution.
Decentralization in the blockchain refers to the devolution of control and authority from a centralized entity (individual, organization, or group) to a distributed network. There is an apparent difference in how servers are connected in Web3 and Web2 infrastructure. Decentralization is a spectrum that covers centralized systems (Web2) to fully distributed networks (Web3).
Data structures in Web2 are primarily managed and controlled by central servers owned by a small number of entities (these are the companies that run the server farms). In contrast, Web3 infrastructures are managed by smaller servers controlled by a large number of entities (because they are shared across many computers on the internet).
Web2 gives the user a data network that is easy to deploy, develop, and maintain. However, it is more susceptible to single points of failure, security risks, and privacy intrusions. Web3 promises an open and trustless infrastructure that is censorship-resistant, with no single point of failure.
Ownership of Web3 is how we publicly keep track of progress and history by running nodes, which is guaranteed by consensus rules instead of the user’s progress and history. In other words, Web3 sets the foundations for a trustless infrastructure that functions without intermediaries.
While Web2 is user-intensive, Web3 takes the user experience to new levels. Users may collect items on platforms without genuinely owning them, such as video game skins, social networks avatars, etc. Ownership on Web3 is different. It removes intermediaries so that users can transfer their assets across different ecosystems and blockchain environments.
Verifiability implies transparency and access to publicly available data on the blockchain. These data are records of transactions and interactions that have passed a publicly agreed consensus mechanism. Anyone can download and verify validated blockchain data in a truly decentralized blockchain.
This data accessibility is a major distinction from Web2. No intermediary entities collect or manage user activities and history. It allows different users to directly verify self and third-party ownership information without any third-party interference.
Execution in Web3 refers to self-executing smart contracts activated by preset terms of the agreement among interacting parties. These codes are usually open-source and available in public directories.
This openness and transparency is a sharp distinction from Web2 companies that protect the IP behind their solutions.
Unique Web 3.0 Problems
Web3’s reliance on proprietary blockchain technology resolves many traditional problems and bottlenecks associated with Web2. It also introduces a unique set of problems — issues that Forward Protocol is already solving.
Traditionally, decentralized systems suffer lower throughput. It is a lot more complex to implement and coordinate. It also requires more computational power and time to operate smoothly and optimally.
Asset ownership also presents a small issue. With ownership comes personal responsibility issues that users did not have to deal with in Web2 systems. Most security services are delegated to intermediaries, who control user data and act as gatekeepers to third-party access.
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