It all started with the tweet above by Andre Staltz, the creator of Manyverse
I was like, Wow! I need to pull this off too. I have always wanted to try out my life outside the “big four’ (Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook).
Thus, I began
First step… logged out of all accounts
My day to day apps includes YouTube, gmail, Amazon shopping app, Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook and google chrome.
And logging out of it was not a big problem especially since the arrival of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) – the policy that gives you power over your data.
I had suggestions over alternatives to my day to day apps. Vimeo for YouTube, signal for messaging, DuckDuckGo in place of Google, Firefox in google chrome’s place, telegram etc.
It was Gmail that I could not find a free alternative that would still help me retain my current gmail address and the paid version of the program i found was rejecting my credit card, so I kept using gmail.
So, it was only gmail that I was still using.
I also went further to delete my activities on google, Facebook privacy settings to no tracking and all sorts to keep them from getting my data.
How was it?
A week into my crusade, I realized the experience sucked.
Without my data to educate them (the applications I was using) every dumb thing came my way.
I had to recall every password and username, no more auto-fill
Vimeo database when I queried robots was depressing…not enough data so I went back to YouTube but disable history and if I happen to press back on YouTube I cannot check my watching list…thank God if I can remember the name of the video
Just a few of my friends use telegram and only one use it actively, proposing that they let WhatsApp was inconceivable for them…they were immersed in the data experience
Ads pop-up was as irrelevant as deep shit
…I mean, I could go on
But the point being without data the experience suck, Data Experience
Data Experience given to us by Web 2.0
Data Experience is what makes a friend of mine who just started forex trading begin receiving friend requests from fellow traders on facebook…data from his queries, people and groups he has joined.
Data Experience is what makes you get that newsletter concerning the search query you just made on google.
Data experience is everywhere and we are immersed in it that we cannot fathom an experience without data.
So, when people are talking about Web 3.0/Dapps (Decentralized Applications), a system of not having data with anyone but yourself.
They are essentially telling people to choose between privacy they don’t understand or don’t care about and the experience they understand and care about.
Wait Let’s talk a little about web 3.0, shall we?
In the highest dummy version.
If it is decentralized, no single server giving the response to everyone but everyone is giving to each other – peer to peer.
Probably open source, meaning you can see the lines of code behind
It works on blockchain, that technology behind bitcoin that makes it hard to tamper with.
Thus it belongs to the Web 3.0 family – though not necessarily blockchain, but it must surely be decentralized.
The biggest take on Web 3.0 is that data is encrypted (blockchain) it never leaves your PC (decentralized) and you can see exactly what it behind the application (open source).
A concise story here
From the beginning of time, man wanted to create something free to share information and he came up with the internet.
Moving forward into the further, there arose some set of people whose power grew to the point they controlled almost all the processed data and freedom was censored.
And now, the era of Web 3.0, a new beginning when power of the information – data, would be available to everyone…
But how do we advance to web 3.0
Web 3.0 is the freedom we have been looking for.
But is the case closed?
Is the freedom won at last?
Since data is not tracked per individual in Web 2.0, Web 3.0 is lacking in data experience.
And data experience is what we cling to, what we are immersed in and live on. We would only get out if you can promise that same or more experience on Web 3.0.
That should be the selling point of Web 3.0/Dapps frontier.
Selling the Web 3.0
Many dapps being sold on the Web 3.0 are only being sold to the familiar minds – people that know the technology behind it.
Or how do I tell someone who just took his first class on internet of things that he should use IOTA because they use tangle – a variety of blockchain.
Or convince a friend of mine to use beaker browser cos it works on peer-to-peer network.
Wait, Let’s me make another argument…
You’ve probably heard of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), a policy that makes personal data available for download that states that the use of data collected must be clearly stated.
Quick question….have you tried download your data from your favourite site?
If you haven’t then it is most likely you do not see the need for it and for that fact do not care about it.
How we should sell it?
Sell it on the things we understand.
Sell it on the experience it brings until we can sit to comprehend the tech behind it.
Facebook was not sold on the fact that it uses LAMP stack on the front end or memcache, or that it was built on thrift protocol. No…
It was sold on the premise that, it can help you connect with people
Sell it on its features; less resource, less time spent, make money etc. That way we would all move into the era of freedom again – Web 3.0.
There is the Data Experience that we are immersed in and defines our interaction on the web.
But we need the power back. We need our data back and the way to go is the Web 3.0 way
And to sell Web 3.0 we need to sell the experience until we can all come to the understanding of the liberation that the underlying technology has given us.