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If we think about the inception of the internet as we know it, we were faced with the same scepticism then as we are now. However, with the help of developers who both believed in the technology and had the tools at hand to help craft our current online experience, we have seen the widespread adoption of Web2. But why stop there? Why not continue to grow alongside continuously expanding and emerging technologies?
Why Care About Web3
While there are many reasons why developers may be hesitant to get involved in Web3, it is worth noting that this same hesitancy was also seen in the early stages of Web development. The dot-com bubble crash of 2001 caused sentiment towards the internet to change with many believing this new technology was overhyped and unreliable. What this shows us is that market crashes and shakeouts appear to be common occurrences for all technological revolutions.
These market bursts or industry downturns present the perfect opportunity for us to put our heads down and focus on building. Building robust Web3 infrastructure and disruptive, decentralized applications that will empower users to take control of their own online experiences is key to the mainstream adoption of this technology.
Web3 is still in its infancy and what it is capable of achieving has not yet been realized. Building new innovations, we can collectively shape Web3 to encapsulate all of the aspects we love about the internet we operate on today, with the added benefits of decentralization and privacy. Having built the internet as we know it today, mainstream developers understand what it is that users expect from their online experience. By allowing these developers to take part in the creation of Web3, alongside blockchain developers, we can build an internet for everyone.
We have worked hard to build the current iteration of the Web as a globally connected tool to enrich the lives of users and empower them politically and financially, however, we are not quite there yet. Web3 gives users a voice in how the protocols they care about most are run, enabling them to take an active role in furthering their vision of a decentralized web. It also gives users back the power over their own data, to own, sell or rent as they see fit, and removes the ability of a handful of tech giants to line their pockets from private data.
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