My research project for the last few days has been honestly figuring out whether "Web 3.0" is anything to care / think about / pay attention to.

I've actually had some nice, level-headed discussions with people on 🐦 and we've concluded that its real-life applications are... financial things. That's about it.

It's not great for Web2 things like social media because... you can't actually delete anything.

Everything is a cryptographically linked list in Web3, and everything added to it is permanently enshrined there -- not just good things, but bad things: abuse, harassment, doxxing, etc. 🤨

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@matt It's still good for metadata. But Web3 is such an overused buzzword, it kills me.

We made Podping as a global notification system for RSS feed updates using a blockchain. We just publish the URL when updates go out, not the content.

Metadata vs content is an important distinction.

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@agates I agree -- not just buzzy, but "web3" seems like bad branding for a set of ideas that only cover very specific applications.

But that sounds very cool (and actually useful) how you're using it for Podping!

@matt Absolutely, I'm happy we have a practical use case.

Basically we're re-decentralizing without buzzwords lol.

I have some ideas on ways to improve RSS feeds for WriteFreely as well, as feeds are still quite valuable as a way to index and discover content. It's all connected, really.

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