Trends Report

Web3 And Web 3.0 Are Synonymous Today — But This Wasn’t Always True

How We Got Here: A Brief History Of Web3, 1999 To 2022

March 28th, 2022
With contributors:
Laura Koetzle , Paul Miller , Mike Proulx , Sara M. Watson , Merve Kandemir


Today, Web3 and Web 3.0 almost always refer to the same concept — a “new” web, based on the principles of decentralization and giving power back to the individual, delivered via public blockchains. There was a time when Web 3.0 meant something different, and some purists try to preserve the distinction. At Forrester, we tend to stick to “Web3” but also recognize that the terms have become interchangeable. The context will usually make it clear which “Web 3.0” it is; when in doubt, ask. Read this report to find out how we got here.

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