I see a lot of fedizens (rightfully) complaining how blockchain / cryptocurrency movement have hijacked and co-opted the Decentralization movement. They try to make themself be seen as Web 3.0 and use the #Web3 hashtag broadly. To those not knowing much about the technology side of things it seems that:
Decentralization equals Web3 equals Blockchain.
And yes, this is super frustrating as it detracts from the many other initiatives that are better and more feasible, less crazy than the blockchain Wild West hype train, or tulip craze.
In a response just now to one of these complaints I pose that we need our own new Hashtag. We have #Fediverse already, but we need a broader category similar to #Web3 to encompass our branch of the #decentralization movement that we are part of with fedi. I’ll quote my toots here:
And I mean Web3 has zero inspirational value, right? The 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 etc. versioning scheme has become entirely meaningless.
We should be able to come up with something better for our own #commons branch of The Decentralized Web. We have a bunch of hashtags for desired characteristics already. #SmallWeb, #Weblite, #CalmTech, etc.
Why do we need #Web even? It’s where a spider catches flies.
We could be #SocialFabric.
Fabrics are things of human creation. Cloth. Intricate beauty woven by people, artisans, craftsmen. Then when we create social fabric apps we know they wield the fediverse.
#Fediverse is where different things can be interconnected to create something bigger than the sum of its individual parts.
We have most of the capabilities of the #ActivityPub open standards still largely unexplored. Potential not yet tapped into fully. We touched the tip of the iceberg and created federated Microblogging fabric.
Now let’s extend that to the full range of human activity and in ways where online world truly enriches the real world.
We just weave.
Why do we even need the analogy of a spider’s Web where typically flies are caught. Captured, wrapped in, then sucked from their juices, their life flowing out from them.
We can have a Social Fabric instead where real humans have some real human interaction, uplifting humanity.
The metaverse is all squares and sharp corners. Hard, harsh. Corporate monoliths that reach to the skies. It is Altered Carbon.
The Social Fabric is soft, flexible, organic, intricate and beautiful. Towns and villages and friendly people.
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