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You may have heard the marketing buzz words Web 1.0 and 2.0 around. You may have even heard of Web 3.0. Though you may not be using Web 3.0 now, it’s important to at least be aware of what it is, that this revolution is coming, that it is in your hands, and how it will impact your digital identity as a writer.

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What is Web 1.0?
Web 1.0 is the first concept of the internet. A small percentage of people create websites and the rest of us read the content. It’s the standard creator to consumer model.

What is Web 2.0?
Web 2.0 turns all consumers into consumers/creators. This comes from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, but also with any interactive platform like chats. The consumer is interacting and creating. Now the original creators (for sake of example, let’s say the original creators were published authors) can still create, but they are now competing with all their previous consumers who are now web-authors themselves. This can be tricky, and the key is to gain credibility and produce unique content that people will actually want to view. But the good thing for the published authors are that you can now get feedback from your consumers without having to do any research.

What is Web 3.0?
This revolution isn’t entirely here yet, but it is coming. (See slideshow in my Useful Links for a great explanation.) It hinges on the development of a semantic web that can understand the context of words based on every website and application being connected and getting their information from each other independently of human beings. Is this scary? Is this sci-fi? Is this artificial intelligence? Any which way, it’s the future.

How does this affect you as a writer? Well, it may help you make money. Perhaps someday, Web 3.0 will pave the road to authors being able to quit their day jobs and focus on just writing. Once an intelligent web is able to tap into everything human beings are putting into it, it will be able to not only have access to things that no one person has ever had access to, but it will be able to analyze the data with formulas that the programmers give it in order to work out supply and demand. If your work is in high demand, someone may just pay you to do it.

This has been an over simplified look at Web 3.0. There is a lot more out there. And a lot more coming.

Useful Links:
The Web 3.0 Slideshow (Sophotec)

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