Fragmentation and Confusion in Web3 Domain Space

Started by Domaining News, Jun 29, 2023, 02:55 AM

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Someone recently asked me when Web3 domain names would become popular. While I'm not an expert on Web3 domains, I believe they will gain traction once the confusion surrounding them subsides.

I came across an article on CoinTelegraph titled "Web3 usernames may see greater adoption due to recent advancements." The author also addressed some of the challenges in the adoption of Web3 domains.

According to Tom Blackstone's article on

The fragmentation across different blockchain networks can make it difficult for wallets and block explorers to integrate and confuse users. For instance, if someone's Polygon username is newton.crypto and they try to register the same name on BNB Chain, they may find that newton.bnb is already taken. Consequently, they might register einstein.bnb instead. This leads to confusion when users view this person's address on a block explorer, as either name could appear depending on the developer's choice. This situation can cause confusion for users.

To illustrate, if a user intends to send cryptocurrency to newton.crypto on BNB Chain, they may inadvertently send it to newton.bnb, which results in sending it to the wrong recipient.

A few Web3 companies are attempting to resolve this problem by creating a single identity name that works across multiple chains. For example, the Redefined app enables users to register a username on Arbitrum One and use it to receive funds on eight other chains, including Polygon, Optimism (OP), BNB Chain, Solana, Bitcoin (BTC), Fantom (FTM), Moonbeam (GLMR), and Near.

The author also highlights that cross-chain usernames are a new development likely to drive wider adoption of Web3 usernames over time.

The question remains: do the general public, beyond those in the crypto and domain name industries, really care? Is it too complex for individuals like your grandmother or father?

I believe this is the key. I knew that legacy domain names would succeed when even my technologically inexperienced mom wanted to get on the Internet in 1998. We need to see various elements come together and establish universal standards before adoption takes off as desired by those truly invested in Web3.


The Web3 domain space, which encompasses decentralized applications, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technology, is currently experiencing a proliferation of different protocols, standards, and platforms. This fragmentation has led to confusion among developers and users, as they grapple with the sheer variety of options and lack of interoperability between different Web3 solutions.

From a technical perspective, the fragmentation in the Web3 domain space poses significant challenges for developers who must navigate heterogeneous environments and integrate disparate technologies. This can lead to increased complexity, longer development cycles, and potentially higher maintenance costs. Furthermore, the lack of standardized protocols and interoperability can hinder the seamless interaction between different decentralized applications and blockchains, limiting the potential for innovation and collaboration within the Web3 ecosystem.

To address these issues, it is crucial for the Web3 community to prioritize standardization efforts and promote interoperability between different protocols and platforms. This can involve establishing common standards for smart contract development, token standards, and cross-chain communication protocols. Additionally, fostering an open dialogue between various stakeholders, including developers, researchers, and industry leaders, can help identify best practices and consensus-driven approaches to reduce fragmentation and confusion in the Web3 domain space.

I recognize the importance of mitigating fragmentation and confusion in the Web3 domain space to foster a more cohesive and sustainable ecosystem for decentralized applications and blockchain technology. By promoting standardization and interoperability, we can unlock the full potential of Web3 and drive meaningful innovation in the decentralized web.