I've been very critical of "web3" over on 🐦 recently: https://twitter.com/ilikebeans.

On @matt@write.as, I wrote about how the #fediverse, if anything, seems like the closest thing we have to a true "web3" (without blockchaining all the things): https://write.as/matt/what-would-a-real-web3-look-like

The way VCs are using the "web3" term is kind of silly. It's branding that sounds incredible, but basically comes down to "financialize the entire Web." Which sucks.

So now I'm thinking, why don't we just co-opt the term for the fediverse?

I've already been calling some of my things "web3", just to be cheeky. But hey, it sounds cool too, and doesn't come with all the terrible aspects of "web3" that its proponents are pushing now. Could be fun.



@matt I feel like that's kind of why I brought it up during the activity pub conf.

@maloki Yes, can't believe I forgot this was the exact thing you brought up! I'm re-watching your talk now.

@matt I mean the talk wasn't necessarily very good. 😊 Just opening a conversation.

@maloki No it was a good conversation starter! And you hit on the high points I think we need to keep pointing to: the focus on community, human connection, less so on profit (contrary to today's "web3").

Just want to be able to credit you for bringing it all up. I know it went into my brain and simmered in the time since then 🙂

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