The characteristics of Web3

Sam Marksun
December 7, 2022

Although the concept of Web 3.0 can be difficult to define, we found that there are six important characteristics that define web 3.0 as follows:

Semantic Web

The semantic web, sometimes called Web 3.0, is a vision of the future where machines will understand and interpret the meaning of information on the internet. This will enable them to provide intelligent search results and make better decisions on behalf of their users.

The semantic web is based on standards such as the Resource Description Framework (RDF) and the Web Ontology Language (OWL), which specify how data should be structured and annotated. In addition, the semantic web relies on knowledge graphs, which are structured databases of information that can be used by computers to understand the relationships between concepts. The development of the semantic web is ongoing, and it has the potential to transform how we interact with the internet.

The Social Web 

The most notable contrast between Web 2.0 and the earlier era of the web is that Web 2.0 set its focus on social interaction. In the early days of the internet, users were mostly limited to viewing static pages of text but Web 2.0 gave users the ability to interact with each other and data in a much more dynamic fashion. Web 3.0 plans to build on this by making it possible for users to take advantage of cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality when creating and sharing information. The social web is evolving and becoming more immersive and interactive, providing users with a unique experience.

3D Interactive Web

The internet has changed a lot since it first started as a network of static text and images. With the introduction of web 2.0, we saw more dynamic content, social media, and other features that made the internet more collaborative and engaging.. 

Web 3.0 is the next big thing in internet technology. It will allow users to browse the web and communicate with each other in a three-dimensional, virtual reality-based environment. By harnessing the power of cutting-edge technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality, web 3.0 will provide users with an immersive, interactive experience that is unlike anything that has come before. Web 3.0 will finally make the internet into a three-dimensional space, where users can interact with each other and content in natural and intuitive ways. This promises to revolutionize how we use the internet and will have a profound impact on our lives in the future.

Artificial intelligence

Web 3.0 is more interactive and personalized than the internet has ever been before. Its goal is to be able to decipher real information from fake information by understanding the intention of the user and providing them with what they are looking for. Web 3.0 relies on artificial intelligence to decrypt natural language and mimic human interaction in order to achieve this goal. If successful, this will revolutionize the way we use the internet by making it more intuitive and user-friendly.

AI is going to have a big impact on the future of the internet as we enter the era of Web 3.0. With more and more people using smart devices and voice-activated assistants, AI is becoming a normal part of our lives. But there are lots of other ways that AI can be used, beyond the consumer-facing applications that we see every day.

Currently, in the business world, AI can be used to automate repetitive tasks and processes, freeing up employees to focus on more important work. In the healthcare industry, AI can be used to diagnose diseases and develop personalized treatments. And in the field of transportation, AI is being used to develop self-driving cars and other autonomous vehicles. 

As AI continues to evolve, its potential uses are only limited by our imagination. With so many potential applications for AI, it's no wonder that businesses are exploring ways to use this technology to improve their operations.

Decentralized Technology 

In a nutshell, Web 3.0 is a more user-driven approach to technology that gives people more control over their data and how it's utilized. This is as opposed to the older “centralized” model, where a few major companies are in charge of the flow of information. With Web 3.0, there is no need for these go-betweens — users can communicate with each other directly. This has several advantages.

For example, with blockchain there is no central point of failure which in turn makes it much harder for data to be censored, stolen, or lost. Blockchain also gives users more control over their privacy as they can choose who to share their data with.

Decentralized technologies are not only faster but more efficient than centralized versions as they don't have to rely on one primary source for all their infrastructure. Web 3.0 is still in its preliminary stages but appears to have the potential to change the way we use the internet as a whole.

The evolution of the web has given rise to a new form of web development, known as Web 3.0. This new form of web development features decentralized technology, which does not require any central control for operation. This makes it more sophisticated than traditional web page development, as it uses various building blocks. The most popular outcomes of decentralized technology are blockchain, NFTs, and smart contracts.


Blockchain is a distributed database technology that enables secure, transparent, and tamper-proof transactions. The transaction data is stored in the blockchain in a decentralized manner. This means that the data is not stored in one central location, but rather it is spread out across the network of computers that make up the blockchain.

In simple terms, a blockchain is a digital ledger of all transactions that have ever been made. It constantly grows as "completed" blocks are added to it with new recordings. Each block contains a cryptographic hash of the previous block, a timestamp, and transaction data.

Cryptocurrency is one of the most popular applications of blockchain technology. Cryptocurrency is a secure, transparent, and tamper-proof way to transact online. Using a distributed database, cryptocurrency offers a secure way to conduct transactions without the need for a third party.

Bitcoin, the first and most well-known cryptocurrency, is based on blockchain technology. Ethereum, another popular cryptocurrency, also uses blockchain but with a different purpose: smart contracts.

Many believe that blockchain has the potential to revolutionize not just the financial sector but also many other industries such as health care, real estate, and even voting. However, blockchain is still in its early stages of development and there are many challenges that need to be addressed before it can reach its full potential.


NFTs are digital assets that are stored on a blockchain. Unlike traditional cryptocurrencies, NFTs are not interchangeable. Each NFT is unique and can represent anything from a piece of art to a virtual world.

NFTs are still in their early days, but they have the potential to change the way we interact with digital content. For example, NFTs could be used to create one-of-a-kind digital experiences that cannot be imitated or reproduced.

NFT's could also be used to create new online marketplaces for people to buy and sell digital assets, which would ultimately change the way we think about ownership and value in the digital age.

Smart contracts 

A smart contract is a computer protocol that helps to create, verify, or carry out the negotiation or performance of a contract. The first person to propose the idea of smart contracts was Nick Szabo in 1996.

The primary purpose of a smart contract is to automate the enforcement of an agreement between parties; however, smart contracts can also be used for automating payments, managing assets, or even complex financial instruments. Smart contracts are often written in code and run on a blockchain; however, they can also be run on other platforms. 

One advantage of using smart contracts is that they help to reduce the risk of fraud; however, they also come with their own set of challenges. For example, if a smart contract contains errors, it may be difficult or even impossible to fix them.

Sam Marksun

Sam is a creative director for the Opus team and helps bring ideas to reality. Sam drives our online success with both beautiful design and production quality development.

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