Some talk about how Google Reader destroyed the ecosytem around it--it was good and free and thus cut the legs out from under its competitors. Yonatan Zunger, a project lead at Google, made a G+ post asking people what they liked so much about Reader. He quickly received 500 comments (consisting of about 53,000 words) in commentary. Some are lamenting the loss of private reading. (Others might disagree their Reader use was private, except that Google killed built in Reader sharing two years ago.) Some are positioning the shutdown of Google Reader as a threat to the internet and acknowledging Google Reader's censorship busting power as something hard to replace. BuzzFeed says Google Reader still sends them more traffic than G+. Some people like to think Google is about to learn a tough lesson, but others disagree.
The news had the original founders scrambling to finish getting their next project ready--a replacement called Posthaven that pledges to stick around forever. Of course, in order to do so, it's a paid only service.
( Your post describes a ( ) protocol ( ) github repo ( ) manifesto ( ) kickstarter for a distributed social network. )
The issue is we are getting overwhelmed with spam posts and don't have the funds to add the hardware needed to deal with it.
This has been a long running problem. It's easy to see how much of a problem using the stats page: on almost every load, the majority or entirety of recently updated and recently created journals are SEO spam journals. They might have been trying different strategies up until now, but so far none have been all that effective.
However, IJ isn't about to roll over and die: they're working on a strategy to improve the issue. Facebook posts indicate a return to an invite code system, at least for a few months while the problem is cleared up.
As a service, IJ offers more icons for free accounts than either DW or LJ, and it still has comment subject lines, making it attractive for RP communities and journals. Permanent paid accounts with even more icons are routinely available for as little as $30 during sales. It's a bit up in the air whether or not that's the cause of funding troubles: IJ's strong RP-based clientele often create multiple journals for characters and games, so lots of permanent accounts doesn't necessarily mean cutting off all future revenue from a given user. There's also light ads on the site to help out with revenue.
It hasn't been enough to buy enough hardware to withstand the increasing spam onslaught, but that's a fool game: no matter how much hardware you buy, when you get at this point spammers will just use the power to fill your service up with more spam. Hopefully a combination of invite codes and a thorough scrubbing will return IJ to an even keel.
All in all, it's a sobering reminder that effective spam fighting efforts are vital to the health of any user content generating service.
Summary: even before the big social networks started coming into focus, lots of social sharing on the web happened in places not so easily measured--chat and email, for instance--a practice that still continues to exert a greater influence on website visits than any social network today
As it turned out, sharing was not broken. Sharing was working fine and dandy, Google just wasn’t part of it. People were sharing all around us and seemed quite happy. A user exodus from Facebook never materialized. I couldn’t even get my own teenage daughter to look at Google+ twice, “social isn’t a product,” she told me after I gave her a demo, “social is people and the people are on Facebook.” Google was the rich kid who, after having discovered he wasn’t invited to the party, built his own party in retaliation. The fact that no one came to Google’s party became the elephant in the room.
Google+: The Charge Of The Like Brigade
Could Google ever have won? I think so. But not by blitz. By envelopment.
I don't think the people behind Diaspora ever understood any of that. They thought people were on Facebook because Facebook was a good app, and people actually wanted some atrocity that was kind of like Tumblr/Flickr/Twitter/LJ/toilet-
graffiti/emotionally-abusive-Gameboy except worse. That's manifestly not the case. People want everyone they know in one place, and the only way to give them that is to be evil. Which makes it impossible to replace Facebook with any less-evil alternative -- whatever eventually kills Facebook will win by being either MORE evil, or more SOPHISTICATEDLY evil. And since Diaspora was unable to compete with Facebook, it found itself competing with all the non-Facebook focussed-purpose services like Twitter and Flickr and DW and Tumblr, and it since it was built to be worse than all of them, you probably still aren't using it. Of course, you're probably not using Dreamwidth, either. You probably ARE using Twitter, and I'll be interested to hear app.net's plan for dealing with the fact that 80% of Twitter joined Twitter because all their friends were on Twitter.
Can Tumblr’s David Karp Embrace Ads Without Selling Out? (NYTimes)
Tumblr is a microblogging platform that has had a LOT of VC investor dollars put into it before it had a monetization strategy.
The root cause of these poor returns is the lack of sustainable and user-friendly monetization mechanism beyond the unprofitable display advertising business model. Ad-funded Internet models are a more than $40 billion money drain...There is simply not enough online advertising money or minutes spent online to pay for the billions invested thus far in Internet-related deals by venture capital and corporate venture capital over the past ten years.
The Social Graph is Neither -- Interesting essay about the inherent problems with making an open social graph standard.
Why Google+ is still not working for humans
A Tale of Two Internets, by nikkiscarlet, talks about the difficulties when internet cultures that developed by different mores (anonymous or not) collide.
So, maybe you are into Dreamwidth, or maybe you want to be more into Dreamwidth but are having troubles making that happen, or maybe you know somebody who wants to be into Dreamwidth but doesn't know how to get that ball rolling. Being "into" Dreamwidth, in this instance, is defined as having a vested interest in helping Dreamwidth grow and thrive, especially in a way that personally benefits you.
This article is going to give you suggestions on how to be a filthy seditious Dreamwidth supporter (as opposed to just a Dreamwidth user or nonuser, which is a perfectly fine thing to be too!)--and they're just that, suggestions. If you have a reason to not use one, don't use it--it's just a general practice guide! (It uses a lot of points from 101 Ways to Help Dreamwidth Grow, if you are curious.) It assumes that you use Dreamwidth and enjoy it, or are strongly interested in using Dreamwidth. And while volunteering is great, this article isn't about supporting Dreamwidth that way, either. So, with that in mind, let us continue!
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So, what do you think the effects of letting OpenID communities post to DW would be? Positive? Negative? Underutilized?