I've been very critical of "web3" over on 🐦 recently: https://twitter.com/ilikebeans.
On @email@example.com, I wrote about how the #fediverse, if anything, seems like the closest thing we have to a true "web3" (without blockchaining all the things): https://write.as/matt/what-would-a-real-web3-look-like
At the ActivityPub conference in 2019, @maloki actually started this exact conversation, that ActivityPub pointed to a more community-oriented and human-centric "Web 3.0". I agree, and I think many people here can recognize it too. We just haven't really tooted that horn.
If we ever wanted to, it seems like this would be a good moment for it.
So yeah, I think we can use terms like web3 & decentralization when describing fediverse. Also terms like self-hosting & smol/small web, for example stuff that @aral is wotking on.
It might be a bit verbose, listing all that, but throwing a few of those "safe words" might change people's perception.
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