Wait? What’s wrong with Twitter? YouTube or XYZ platform?
These apps are centralized, are funded on advertiser’s whims. Need non-free software to run. Hard to scale or port. Unnecessary walled - gardens that keep normal users who don’t have an account - out. I don’t like centralized social media anymore. I think it isn’t worth my time in the long run. I switched to something called the fediverse which I covered in my last blog-post. I want more on the fediverse, at least the ones using centralized social media. So here’s my plan.
Any social network is only as valuable as their users - Network effect
I will post content to PeerTube a week or two before it goes to YouTube, post to Mastodon and use IFTTT to auto fetch the RSS feed & not look back on Twitter. Post content to the decentralized fediverse first, before it airs on centralized social media platforms ~ reboost it, cross platform and aim for organic growth not to please an algorithm, plus it saves you time and effort because it’s modifiable to serve your needs. Free software!
It siphons the user previously trapped in proprietary, algo-driven, legacy platform into the fediverse
Another way to think is - the only reason to be on YouTube or some proprietary service is to get everyone to join the fediverse and discover alt-platforms through your account. In the centralized world, Facebook, Twitter and Google are the instances that we avoid. These mega villages hosted by Google, Facebook etc - don’t allow federation. I can’t follow people on Instagram from my Twitter account. Likewise I can’t like a YouTube video from my Instagram or Twitter. This is the way it’s designed and they have no plans on adopting open-protocols.
I deleted Snapchat.. My last centralized social media app on my phone
UPD: Here’s how I use my phone now
No more social media apps on my phone now. Not even YouTube. I charge my phone once or twice a week.
P.S. Sometimes these platforms don’t like people leaving. Look at the 3rd screenshot
YouTube turned on ads for everyone
Centralized social media is often a ground for Surveillance Capitalism.YouTube’s primary goal is to sell your attention to advertisers.
“Facebook simply cannot give anyone the power to do anything
Because that power will always, ultimately, reside in Facebook itself, which controls both the software, the servers and the moderation policies. No, the future of social media must be federation. The ultimate power is in giving people the ability to create their own spaces, their own communities, to modify the software as they see fit, but without sacrificing the ability of people from different communities to interact with each other. Of course, not every end user is interested in running their own little social network — just like every citizen isn’t interested in running their own little country.”
“Facebook is essentially running a payola scam where you have to pay them if you want your own fans to see your content. If you run a large publishing company and you make a big piece of content that you feel proud of, you put it up on Facebook. From there, their algorithm takes over, with no transparency. So, not only is the website not getting ad revenue they used to get, they have to pay Facebook to push it out to their own subscribers. So, Facebook gets the ad revenue from the eyeballs on the thing they are seeing, and they get revenue from the publisher. It’s like if The New York Times had their own subscriber base, but you had to pay the paperboy for every article you wanted to see.”"
These excerpts are taken from blog.joinmastodon.org which inspired me to write this post.
As a content-creator, you should be under control
Please your audience, not an algorithm, which is again, proprietary. To ensure your content is available in a chronological, non algorithmic feed to the user. For the user it would mean, getting actual feeds of content that they subscribed to. Less fake news, more privacy, sovereignty and portability.
The fediverse is an actual ‘social-network’
People are kinder, have fun and everyone has a different experience on their own terms compared to an an algo driven hate fueled social network. My Prediction -> And any non-federating social network will inevitably fail in a free market
Related post ~/blog/federating-social-media