Web Annotations Are Web3!
Let's start with a different question
What is Web 2?
A Web 2.0 website allows users to interact and collaborate with each other through social media dialogue as creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. This contrasts the first generation of Web 1.0-era websites where people were limited to viewing content in a passive manner. - Wikipedia
The first version of the web was mostly static pages, people would publish pages, and others would view them. It was pretty simple. After the fact we called this Web 1.0
Web 2.0 is the one we are all used to today, where applications have a social nature to them, wikipedia for example isn’t just a static webpage, it’s an encyclopedia that many of us contribute to.
Annotations are in my view the next step in the natural evolution of the web. We started with a system where we could share static pages with Web 1.0.
Some clever people added interactivity and social elements to these pages.
The next step is to make the platform itself social, where anyone can add annotations on top of existing web pages.
Annotations can be any type of media supported online. Imagine all websites had a comments system enabled, where you could highlight any content, and add a comment.
Your comment might be text, audio, an image, video, or any other bit of web content.
In fact, this website itself is annotatable, and Text, the first type of annotation, is already supported here!
Click on any paragraph to add an annotation!
Visit docs.glade.app to add annotations to your site!
Glade is free and open-source!