Everyone knows at this point that the big social networks have huge problems.
I keep hearing that the hand crafted, strange and human early web died.
As someone who has existed online inside these small communities the entire time, I want to dig deeper.
It is unnecessarily difficult to be yourself on today's big platforms.
Being silly in your own space is incredibly important.
The primary goal of these platforms is ad revenue, and it's easy to think you must play that game to be viable.
My perspective is that even if this were true, it is more valuable not to compromise to their assumptions.
Human connection happens in spite of today's large social platforms, not in debt to them.
For now, some interaction there makes sense, but it can't be the center of life online.
Small custom communities are not as uncommon or difficult as it may seem.
Maybe I'm biased because being involved in a few and building some of my own has kept me from scouring the net for others; maybe there's fewer than I think.
An extremely short list of some cool places:
We are not on a linear path of progress.
The web isn't built by some Other People.
You can't assume it will be fixed or that social networks will correct themselves.
Life on the internet is like everywhere else-- agency is absolutely required.
None of these platforms are trying to do anything in particular more than they are trying to make crazy money.
You can say you're co-opting them, subverting or whatever, but that doesn't make me want to join your Facebook group.
Today's social networks can be fun to interact with as a grotesque curiosity, and obviously such a large place also has many interesting people on it and I like keeping up with them.
But I can't take a platform serious that doesn't care about the empowerment of users more than accumulating wealth.
Do your friends listen to you or do they want you to watch some ads?
How much time do we have in our lives to fuck around with these bullshit companies?
If you're looking for something you feel is missing, I'd like to say that building it is possible, and fun.
Pls message me if you want to share a cool community, or anything else.