What is Web 2.5? The Bridge to a New Internet

What is web 2.5? Learn what makes web 2.5 the best solution for blockchain's mass adoption.

Nathaniel Thoreson

May 10, 2023

Today's tech giants have proven to be untrustworthy with your data. Across the globe, governments have been forced to step in to protect the data of their constituents. Now those same fears have re-emerged that an app targeted at youth has exploded into popularity. 

Yes, I am talking about tiktok... But what does that have to do with Web 2.5 and decentralization? First, let's go back to the beginning and let history guide us.

What is Web 1.0?

The year is 1999 - A great year. I was still in diapers but I've heard good things. Outside of my crib, the world of technology was transforming forever. At this point, the internet's usage was small at best. Only the most daring and nerdy people found any use for it. That's because web 1.0 wasn't interactive and extremely challenging to use. It only allowed users with the necessary skills to read information.

User-generated content is what would take the internet mainstream.

But at a cost.

What is Web 2.0? 

In the early 2000s, internet companies sprung up out of the woodwork. Any company with a website and a vague business idea related to web 2.0 raised more money than they could have imagined.

Even though market busts, tech companies like Facebook and TikTok have continued to rake in massive returns. The key to their profitability? Data.

Data is the key to Web 2.0. Without it, user-generated content would be valueless. Tech companies understand what you post, read, like, comment, watch, search, click, and buy. And they have used that information to a great and dangerous degree.

In March 2018, Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerburg became marred in a scandal. It was uncovered that two years prior, a massive data breach had occurred. Cambridge Analytica later used the leaked data in an attempt to influence the 2016 US election. Facebook faced widespread criticism for its handling of user data and its failure to protect users' privacy. 

Web 2.0 allowed anyone to publish content on the internet. But now the big bad Zuck allowed that data to be weaponized against me.

This story is one of many examples of big tech's mass collection and misuse of sensitive data on billions of users. It's led many to theorize and build a more democratic future where no one entity can have this much power. Enter Web 3.0

What is Web 3.0?

In the wake of the 2008 financial recession, a similar crisis of confidence emerged in the financial sector. Just like Facebook, the most powerful firms in the world became unhinged and unchecked. 

The government's response was highly criticized as they spent an enormous amount of money keeping financial institutions afloat.

Shortly after, an anonymous developer(s) called Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin: A decentralized currency with a fixed supply, instant saleability, with no single-entity control, all saved on a permanent and public ledger. Blockchain tech was later applied to games, social media apps, and marketplaces. This created a new iteration of the internet: Web 3.0.

With Web 3.0, data is not stored on centralized servers in a warehouse in the Facebook HQ. Instead, it's stored across a network of nodes, making it virtually impossible for one entity to control it. As a result, users have more control over their data, including how it is used and shared with others. Owning cryptocurrencies like ALGO and ETH means you own part of the network.

Web 3.0 looks incredible at first glance, but it's not without its drawbacks. 

The Limitations of Web3

Web 3.0 gives individuals sole control over their data and assets. But great power comes with great responsibility... a responsibility that many people don't want.

Web 2.0, for all of its faults, makes interacting online incredibly easy. Anyone with basic computer skills can get online, even if they don't know how it works. Tech companies also add safeguards to protect you from scammers and thieves. 

Web 3.0 brings us back to 1998. It's a niche technology with limited use and a high barrier to entry. 

Using blockchain apps is not as simple as opening Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge... if you're into that. It requires a whole new set of resources and skills. 

First, you'll need a wallet. By the way,  if you lose its passphrase you'll be permanently locked out, and your assets will be gone forever. Next, you'll need to connect your wallet to every seb3 app you open. Sign every transaction individually and pray you're not getting hacked or scammed... 

It's understandable why people are intimidated by blockchain and web3. People are scared. They're uneducated, underprepared, and woefully exploitable. All those roadblocks are major inhibitors to the growth of NFTs, Crypto, and web3 more generally. 

Just like in 1998, we need to make a transition. The underlying technology is there - and it's revolutionary. Now it needs to be useable by everyday people.

Make it safe. Make it easy. Make it Web 2.5.

What is Web 2.5?

Web 2.5 seeks to bridge the gap between the centralized and controlled nature of Web 2.0 and the decentralized and complex nature of Web 3.0. It takes a "best of both worlds" approach. Web 2.5 prioritizes user privacy and control using blockchain networks while maintaining the ease and accessibility of Web 2.0.

One of the key features of Web 2.5 is the increased control that users have over their data. Instead of tech companies having complete control over users' data, Web 2.5 provides users with more options to control how their data is used and shared

Unlike Web 3.0, Web 2.5 still allows for some centralization, which makes it more user-friendly and accessible. It provides an opportunity for individuals to learn and adapt to blockchain technology without being overwhelmed by its complexity.

Web 2.5 is an important stepping stone in the evolution of the internet. It provides a balance between the centralized nature of Web 2.0 and the decentralized future of Web 3.0. 

It offers a more secure and transparent internet experience while still maintaining the ease of use that users demand.

DropChain - Building and using Web 2.5 Applications

At DropChain, we firmly believe that technological advancement shouldn't mean billions get left behind while crypto degens become to rule the future.

We believe that building and using blockchain applications should be easy and accessible to all. Just like the consequential transition from web1 to web2 in the late 90s, DropChain is making the next iteration of technology open to everyone. 

Users of DropChain-powered applications automatically have a non-custodial wallet created for them in the background. They can seamlessly sign up using web 2.0 credentials like email and Google OAuth.

As a layer-1 blockchain, the DropChain network is built for web3-newbies. Transactions are signed automatically for your users, removing a huge barrier for your users.

As a developer, your focus should be on building a beautiful and easy-to-use NFT Marketplace, Crypto Game, platform, or app. Add DropChain to any app to enhance it with 26 pre-made blockchain functions. 

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Not everyone is a developer. I know because I'm not a developer. But that shouldn't prevent me from building amazing tools. After all, I built this website entirely with no code. 

In the same way, technologically-impaired people like myself should have the power to build Blockchain apps. DropChain integrates seamlessly with any no-code tool that accepts RESTful API, including Bubble and Wix. 

See how I built a crypto-enhanced Instagram clone using Bubble and the DropChain API. 

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Even for seasoned developers, creating a blockchain app can be challenging. Today, building blockchain apps requires a specific set of skills that are often incompatible with your already honed traditional development abilities.

With DropChain, you can build blockchain applications using any framework you already know. As long as it accepts RESTful APIs, you can enhance any traditional application with 26 pre-made web3 functions.


The transition from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 and the emergence of Web 2.5 represent a fundamental shift in the way we interact with the internet. 

The uncontrolled collection and exploitation of user data by big tech have created a crisis of confidence in tech giants. Internet users are rightfully concerned about their privacy and security.

A decentralized version of the internet known as Web 3.0 offers a promising solution to these concerns, but it's not without its challenges. The complexity of the technology and the barriers to entry for the average user are significant obstacles to its widespread adoption.

The emergence of Web 2.5, with its focus on bridging the gap between centralization and decentralization, is a promising middle ground. By incorporating some of the features of Web 3.0 while maintaining the ease of use of Web 2.0, Web 2.5 is the key to transitioning the average user toward decentralization.

As we move forward, it's important to remember that the power of these technologies lies in their ability to empower builders, users, and the digital and IRL communities where they live and work. 

DropChain is paving the way for these exciting technologies to be widely adopted by builders and users of all skill levels. By empowering anyone to build and use blockchain-powered applications, we are forging the path toward a more secure, decentralized, and equitable future for the next generation of internet users.

If you're a builder ready to enter the world of blockchain technologies, we encourage you to check out the DropChain API and the newly launched DropChain SDK for python.

With DropChain anyone can build blockchain apps using no-code tools or frameworks you already know. Enhance any app with wallets, NFTs, and digital assets in minutes with DropChain.

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