Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said last week that “centralizing discovery and identity in businesses” has “really damaged the internet”, adding that he is “partially responsible” for the shift.
The “days of usenet, irc, the web … even email (w PGP) … were amazing. centralizing discovery and identity in businesses has really damaged the internet,” he said. tweeted saturdayreferring to online communication and chat systems.
“I realize I’m partly to blame, and I regret it,” said Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO of Twitter last year. He has previously supported open and decentralized social media standards, Axios reported.
Just days after his tweet, Twitter announced that Elon Musk had purchased 9.2% of Twitter’s shares, making him the largest shareholder in the company, and joined its board of directors. The Tesla founder was skeptical of Twitter, suggesting that the platform should not be rigidly regulated.
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Musk and Dorsey have both mocked Web3, a term for a decentralized version of the internet-based blockchain, a digital ledger that records cryptocurrency transactions.
Musk tweeted last year, “Has anyone seen web3? I can’t find it.” Dorsey replied, “It’s somewhere between a and z.”
The New York Times reported that Web1 traditionally refers to the experience of using the Internet in the 1990s and early 2000s, characterized by blogs and message boards. Web2 refers to the next stage of popular internet usage characterized by social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Dorsey said in a statement last year that he “decided to leave Twitter because I believe the company is ready to move forward with the founders.”
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