Have you heard that Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is offering an alternative to Facebook and Twitter? Can you imagine an ‘ad-free’ social network?
The idea is that it would be self-policed, similar to Reddit with the ability to vote on the content. I know ‘zero’ about Reddit so I do not know.
You can get on a waiting list to join for free, or you can pay $12.99 a month to bypass the waiting list. There is a belief people will financially support a network that is donation-funded rather than supported by ads. Membership just crossed the 100,000 member threshold and the waiting list is over 64,000 for free access.
It sounds so good on the surface, but if we look at how many people use Wikipedia for example, I wonder how many of those people respond and donate when asked? My husband responds with a donation every year but I do not.
Also, hacking and manipulation has become so prevalent in social media, I wonder if there is truly a way to recover. Yesterday hubby read an article about how FB accessed users’ iPhone camera simple by scrolling through content. Remember how Steve Jobs always kept tape on his camera?
There are already alternatives to Facebook and Twitter and some have already disappeared into oblivion. Is there room for another? Apparently there will always be room for another.
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Because I believe everything I hear on TV, we would be shocked at how many footprints we leave on social media every day. I am not ready to plunge into deeper, darker, murkier waters. I think I am quite happy spending most of my time here in Blog Land.
It is not lost on me that Jimmy Wales is advertising WT:Social on Twitter.
How many social media networks do you participate in?