About: First Lesson

Coming to COM 125, I’d thought, “What else could I learn about the Internet?”. My generation has been exposed to the Internet for the bulk of our lives, hence we naturally assume that we are adept at using it. But other than knowing how to navigate the Web and use several social media apps, I realized that I know almost nothing about the Internet; or rather, I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. There are so much more things for me to uncover about the Internet, such as its history as well as the potential it could have.

“The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.”

– Eric Schmidt

That said, I was intrigued when I learnt that the Web has three phases, namely Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0. So then what are the differences between these phases?

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Web 1.0 At this stage, the Web was a “read-only”. This means that users go to the Web to only receive information. It is a linear form of communication without any feedback.

Web 2.0 The Web becomes more interactive at this phase. Users can now have more interaction with web sites. Users can collaborate and share information with one another. Under this phase, we see the emergence of social networking sites such as Facebook.

Web 3.0 Termed as the semantic web, Web 3.0 is the “executable phase” where data can be processed intelligently by machines.

Reference: Choudhury, N. (2014). World Wide Web and Its Journey from Web 1.0 to Web 4.0 . International Journal of Computer Science and Information Technologies, 5(6), 8096-8100.

The possibilities that the Web can reach are endless and we might in the future, experience a Web 4.0. Machines and the web will only become more intelligent and start to achieve things that we wouldn’t have thought it was possible. Exciting isn’t it. 😉

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As for me, I’ll be interested to see what else the Internet has to offer. Until then, don’t be that fish that is scared of the net. (:

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Author: Regina Pang

Fish that ain't scared of the net!

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