This article makes the point that a major reason non-creepy social networks fail is they are made by tech geeks like me that focus on under the hood tech and not making a fun experience with good new features.
@indi In other places they have made good points about how complicated decentralized SN are for regular folk to setup or find interesting content on. I agree with them. I will never get my friends and family to actually use it.
While the underlying tech would allow for features to be built on top, it's limited if other people cannot interact with it. I think MeWe and OpenBook might be in the right track to delay decentralization. Wire too. Though OB is OSS and GDPR export ready and EU based.
@indi I guess I value privacy, security and less manipulation over decentralization, federated services and portable profiles.
@indi that's a good point. And yet, the issue is that all the focus is on an difficult issue people don't care about. In the mean time privacy, security and the mental space of citizens are being exploited and manipulated.
Which do you prefer more? The tech angle or the human angle? I think there is value to social networks but harms in how the popular ones are organized.
What base would you recommend they could start with?
@indi I am starting to like the lead guy's arguments against decentralization for data control (the ability to delete your content) and to innovate. All these systems seen to have solved decentralization and yet cannot seem to innovate.
Your not wrong. It just seems like it doesn't matter or it would have happened already.
@indi If it gets popular they will look in to decentralization and SOLID.
To make a killer app I buy that they need to be able to iterate quickly to try features. Decentralization would inhibit that, stop data control and leave the network open to bots.
Do you see the value in these things?
What OSS system could be the base?
Do you see how I might be more concerned with the human cost of social networks over making a perfect social network not many people use?
@indi Also those mockups are the working product, which went live today to backers as alpha. I might get an account in the next few months as the invite non-backers.
@indi But I disagree they must solve decentralization first. It's not their priority, and I think they may be on the right track. Current social networks perform much harm. From how they make money to how they manipute us to how that effects us to how other actors use it to manipulate us.
Having a less addictive and more private, secure social network is a good thing. It getting popular would be a better thing for this world. Even without decentralization.
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