After Web 1.0 came Web 2.0, which started in the early 2000s. During this time, social media websites became popular. Web 2.0 allowed users to read and write on the web, including inputting data that could be stored. It is considered to be a bi-directional web, as it allows for interactions, unlike Web 1.0. In addition, it is worth mentioning that content creators became a solid part of the web during this time as well (and continues to be). Content creators were able to publish their content, making it accessible to everyone. Web 2.0 is considered to be the Social Web, as it promotes interaction and engagement for everyone involved. Today, Web 2.0 remains a prominent part of the World Wide Web.
Now, Web 3.0 has come into the picture and it is known as the Semantic Web. For the majority of users, Web 3.0 is still somewhat undefined but more and more users are starting to recognize the need and importance of it. Web 3.0 holds an incredible amount of benefits, as everything is stored on a centralized server. This differs from Web 2.0, as companies that collect user data are the owners of that data. Instead, with Web 3.0, it aims to allow users to store and own their own data among a variety of decentralized servers.