"Web3" is blowing up in recent months. I'm curious to see if indie hackers care.
For those not in the know, here's my best attempt to explain web3:
Initially, the web was about finding information. Sites like Google, Wikipedia, and Yahoo reigned supreme. But they weren't particularly interactive.
"Web 2.0" was about connection and interactivity. E-commerce sites like Amazon blew up as people began to buy more things online. Social networks, amplified by the spread of mobile and the wider adoption of the internet, allowed us to stay connected with others. These networks had a winner-take-all effect, so big players like Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook captured most of the value.
"Web3" seems to be about building with blockchains and tokens, which decentralizes applications and puts more control in the hands of the users. It also has the side effect of making everything about money (whereas web 2.0 was about connection and status), since early adopters of web3 projects tend to also become investors as a result of earning tokens.
It's still early days, and ofc it's still possible that none of this goes anywhere.