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Aug 17, 2022 โ€ข 22 tweets โ€ข 5 min read โ€ข Read on X
Gm Web3 fam!

Its day 21 of #web3glossary ๐Ÿš€

Todayโ€™s all about the UX in the web3 space

Grab your coffee, coz it's a slightly longer thread today ๐Ÿ˜…
Web 3 is redefining how we communicate and share information. While developers are busy building the infrastructure of web3, the
user experience of most dApps has taken a back seat.
With over 4.95 billion, daily active online users spending a fair share of their day on the web, most people have not heard of of dApps or the blockchain technology that powers them.

A small percentage of those who have, often find it difficult and complex to use.

Understanding the concepts, dynamics, language and visual design of Web 3 and communicating the difference from Web 2 presents a unique challenge to developers and designers alike.

Do you see a problem here?๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”
UX is often only equated to design. Itโ€™s more than that.๐Ÿ˜‘

UX is a core aspect of any successful company and plays a vital role in creating immersive experience that leave users hooked to their products.๐Ÿ’ฏ
To bring the vision of web 3 to mass adoption, solutions must be user-friendly, and the interfaces should be simple enough to onboard people with absolutely no idea of how a blockchain works.

This is where design comes in!
Ensuring that the structures built on top of the decentralised infra are abstracted, accessible and usable for all users becomes vital

Ux is not just a design problem It is not just about how good your DApp looks, but also about how it works, how easy it is for users to get..
..onboarded, how scalable the solution is, how easy it is understand the features etc.

A lot of the problems that we see with currently used Dapps and wallets arent actually design problems at all. โŒ

It all boils down to the ease of usage and the user workflow.โœ…
IMHO, these problems arent something designers can solve alone and itโ€™s a collective effort of developers and designers.

If we think about it
In case of web2 - Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, etc. were the early adopters who saw the possibilities before the rest of the world
and built the infrastructure that enabled mass adoption.

There are many such companies in web 3 as well
For eg low TPS & high gas fees was an inhibitor for web3 adoption in the Ethereum 1.0 ecosystem. Paying 1000โ€™s of ruppes while doing transactions is a bad user experience.
@0xPolygon identified this problem early on and built layer 2 solutions on ethereum chain to solver for the user experience in the DeFi space. The L2 scaling solutions & layer 2 solutions like PoS chain, Zk rollups have increased the TPS manifold & brought down the gas price by
a large margin

Its imperatve to note that a good UX also drives the adoption of the ecosystem. There are currently over 37k Dapps powered by @0xPolygon They identified the pain point in the Ethereum ecosystem and built solutions to fix the user expereince
Letโ€™s take an example of a commonly used wallet: @MetaMask

The app has a good UI design, but what about the user experience?

Have you tried adding a network to your wallet? Do you know the RPC URL and chain IDs of different networks out there?
As a developer whoโ€™s worked on dapps I would easily know this but for someone who just understands what decentralisation is, the UX isnโ€™t the best. I wouldn:t say its their fault, things in web3 space are like this at the moment.

Now that we know things aren't right, we gotta..
FIX them! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Letโ€™s talk about time management on txn interfaces.

During network congestion, txn can take longer to process.
Itโ€™s important to clarify these data points and manage users' wait time efficienty.
A good UX would take care of the following:
Clarify the relationship between gas fees and waiting time

Show progress or waiting icon until the txn is approved or denied.

Provide feedback on potential causes and/or solutions when a transaction takes more running time to process.

Provide the status along with txn details
Another aspect is transparency, which is the backbone of web3

Data exposure increases users understanding of how the system works, it provides evidence that the system is actually decentralized & safe. In case of web3 it gets tricky on what data to show and what to abstract ๐Ÿค”
Sarah bakers once said People want to see the blockchain, even when they donโ€™t need to!

From a data standpoint, i believe

1. The data must be actionable
2. Data should be used to build trust and educate users
3. Use less technical jargon, present information that aligns with users natural communication patterns
4. A sense of belonging to a community is more important in dApps as users will need to bond to a decentralized brand and product.

Also web3's not just about Blockchain and metaverse, its a decentralised and sematic web, that aims to provide a transparent, reliable and smart experience ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€
This is in no way, an exhaustive list, simply a compilation of the things I found missing when using the Dapps and areas where UX from a user point of view can be improved.

Feel free to add your viepoints and take on this๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿ’ฏ
Thats a wrap!

Iโ€™ll be sharing information on the new vocabulary of the web for next 30 days.

Itโ€™s like a free crash course on the terms and methodolgies in Web3.

๐Ÿ“ŒFollow me @laishawadhwa for more such web3 gyaan!

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Gm web3 fam!

Its finally day 26 of #web3glossary๐Ÿš€
And with this, series has come to an end

Z: zk Rollups

By learning you'll teach and by teaching youโ€™ll learn. Sharing on web3 terms & jargons for the last 1 month was a great learning experience for me and I hope for you too
Let's get to the thread now?

Having to spend $20 or more in gas fees for a single txn is not ideal if you want to complete a DeFi trade

If you've been hearing zk or zero knowledge, you're not alone. It's the next big thing in web3
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Thatโ€™s when layer 2 solutions came in.

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Aug 23, 2022
Gm web3 fam!

Its Day 25 of #web3glossary

Decentralized networks can only provide 2 out of 3 benefits at any given time in terms of decentralization, security, & scalability Blockchain Trilemma

Letโ€™s look at modular blockchains which aim at solving for scalability & flexibility
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Whatโ€™s modular blockchain?๐Ÿง
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Modular blockchain..
..focuses on handling a select few duties (consensus, execution, Data availability & settlement) & outsourcing the rest to one or more separate layers

Itโ€™s just like separating a system into distinct components that can be combined in various ways to achieve specific objectives
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Aug 21, 2022
Hola folks ๐Ÿ‘‹

Its Day 24 of #web3glossary ๐Ÿš€๐Ÿš€

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Today we look at PoA, PoB, PoC and PoH

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Gm Gm Web3 fam!

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๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘‡ were just getting your head around the concept of a decentralized web
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#web3glossary was started as a series of twitter threads to help people understand this space better and clear the air around...
.. the terms & jargons we hear around. We are almost at the end of the series and I would like to hear from you what value you gained from it and what more would you like to see๐Ÿ˜ƒ
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Gm gm folks ๐Ÿซก

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Seems like the job of a blockchain validator is not that difficult!
You receive some data, check its accuracy, and validate it or not.
However, on a distributed ledger, it's easier said than done๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€
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