July 6, 2022


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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey admits he's 'partially responsible' for a centralized web. Oops.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey lamented the centralization of the web, however a minimum of had the self-awareness to confess that is one thing he had a significant hand in creating.

“[The] days of usenet, irc, the net…even e-mail (w PGP)…had been superb,” Dorsey tweeted on Saturday. “[Centralizing] discovery and id into companies actually broken the web. I notice I am partially responsible, and remorse it.”

In different phrases, Dorsey tweeted an enormous outdated whoopsie.

Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO of Twitter final 12 months, clearly has performed a big function in centralizing info on the web. Whereas the social media big would possibly wrestle to maintain up with buyers’ development expectations, Twitter’s cultural impression is unquestioned. A big portion of what goes viral on different social websites like Instagram or TikTok — how developments begin — begins on Twitter. It is also a hub for media people (full disclosure: like myself), which suggests it has an outsized impression on what makes the information.

Dorsey has spent a good bit of time promoting the idea of decentralization on the web, even pushing Twitter to get behind an open-source social community commonplace in 2019.

When he stepped down from Twitter, Dorsey, still CEO of digital payments company Square, noted he’d have more time to focus on Bitcoin and crypto, which he likes, again, because of Square’s aim to create “decentralized financial services.”

Nonetheless, as a lot as he would possibly need to decentralize the web now, Dorsey stays value billions of {dollars} on the again of the oopsie he tweeted out.

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