Relative popularity of search terms web 1.0, web 2.0 & web 3.0 from 2004-2019
(Source: Google Trends, trends.google.com)
The nature of web 1.0
Until the emergence of web 2.0, of course, we didn’t need to talk about versions of the web: therefore, the term web 1.0 was created retrospectively after the advent of web 2.0 to help differentiate the informational from the social web. The Google Trends graph at the top of this page shows the relative incidence of Google searches for the terms web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0 over the years 2004-2017. While web 2.0 is clearly the most popular of the three terms, its usage has tailed off in recent years, partly due to the rise of alternative terms (such as social media) and partly because it’s no longer necessary to specify that we’re talking about web 2.0, since these days it’s simply assumed that when we refer to the web, we are referring largely to the social web.
It’s important to realise that web 1.0 hasn’t disappeared, though. It still exists but is now overlaid with the more social web 2.0. For a comparison of web 1.0 with web 2.0 and even web 3.0, see the resources listed below. Note that the first was written by Tim O’Reilly, who was responsible for popularising the term web 2.0. Arguably, the more recent resources in the list, having the benefit of hindsight with respect to the development of the web, present the clearest picture of the differences.
- What is Web 2.0 (Tim O’Reilly, 2005)
- Web 2.0 for Designers (Richard MacManus & Joshua Porter, 2005)
- Key Differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0 (Graham Cormode & Balachander Krishnamurthy, 2008)
- What are the Major Differences among Web 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0? (WittyCookie, 2012)
- Quora: What are the Main Differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0? (Eudes RJ/Virginia Heffernan, 2014)
- Web 1.0, web 2.0 and web 3.0 with their difference (Madhurkant Sharma, 2018)
- Evolution of the web 1.0, 2.0 & 3.0 – Differences & features (Hugo Delgado, 2019)
Learning with web 1.0
In the pages in this section, you’ll find accounts of many of the major web 1.0 and web 1.0-related tools, platforms and techniques, with guidance on how to use them in a variety of educational contexts. These include drills, gamification, quizzes, webquests, and websites. More information about web 1.0 is available on the Publications on Digital Learning page under ‘web 1.0’.
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