One era of the Web bleeds into another. Web 1.0 was defined by the rise of static websites and the ubiquity of browsers. Web 2.0 incorporated the infrastructure of 1.0 and added a social layer to it, giving the Web a new backbone. One of the icons of Web 2.0, Digg, was sold to Betaworks yesterday and will be integrated into its News.me platform. This is the inflection point at which we see the definite transition of the Web 2.0 world to Web 3.0: The Mobile Era.
The Mobile Era has been built on the infrastructure of websites created in Web 1.0, and on the social layer of Web 2.0. If we are to describe The Age of Mobile with the Web 3.0 moniker, it’s natural that all that has come before will be incorporated into it. The Mobile Era incorporates its own bits into the aggregate, offering up dynamic new ways of computing (smartphones and tablets) where users interface not just through the Web and a browser, but also through applications available on these platforms that were built upon the principles of earlier eras of the Web. Each era of the Web does not exist within its own bubble but builds upon the era that came before.