Inspired by the community's great discussions around Google+ members looking for a new home, I'm penning a blogpost on G+ and some other platforms that are dealing with challenges retaining their members. 

I'm sharing the @Narrative Network Team's perspective of course, but would love to quote some community members on why they are leaving other platforms to come to Narrative.

This first post will explore the following platforms: Google+, Facebook, Tumblr, and Steemit.

Please share your thoughts, and include your preferred attribution. 

What are the challenges [choose platform above] has and how is Narrative different?

Original Post

I pretty much abandoned my Google+ profile years ago. Not because it was a bad service but I just wasn’t actively involved in any community there.

I’m here for 2 reasons. The Narrative teams first blogging service, Hoo.do, died last year and of course Narrative was noted as an upcoming alternative in the email sent to the remaining Hoo.do members. So I’m hoping Narrative’s “Personal Journal” feature can be a good replacement for my blogging needs.

As for the 2nd reason, I’m looking to replace Facebook in the long run (aside from the developer account). I’m personally against all the shenanigans Facebook has pulled off over the years and I’m hoping Narrative’s democratic approach can remedy that.

Slaz posted:

I pretty much abandoned my Google+ profile years ago. Not because it was a bad service but I just wasn’t actively involved in any community there.

I’m here for 2 reasons. The Narrative teams first blogging service, Hoo.do, died last year and of course Narrative was noted as an upcoming alternative in the email sent to the remaining Hoo.do members. So I’m hoping Narrative’s “Personal Journal” feature can be a good replacement for my blogging needs.

As for the 2nd reason, I’m looking to replace Facebook in the long run (aside from the developer account). I’m personally against all the shenanigans Facebook has pulled off over the years and I’m hoping Narrative’s democratic approach can remedy that.

Thanks for sharing--you're not only a star on our member wall, you are now included in the post. 

Facebook: 

Facebook cannot be reformed from within or without. Its fundamental business model, while successful, runs contrary to contemporary communication needs. Transparency and data protection are no longer optional in a world where nano-targeting of consumers and voters is possible. That's why I'm ready to make the jump.

Steemit:

Steemit was great as a first step. But it developed cliques bent on exploiting the algorithms and squeezing everybody else out. This was the fault of the cliques, obviously. But it was equally the fault of the exploitable reputation algorithms. Narrative discourages bully cliques by being fundamentally organized around democratic principles at every level. From day one, everyone from staff to founders to patrons has been committed to putting the structures in place necessary to protect everyone's autonomy and agency. And the reputation algorithms, the secret sauce, are a quantum leap ahead of Steemit's, and dare I say, Reddit's as well. The talent and skillsets that went into the development of Narrative's reputation algorithms doesn't currently have a rival.

 

I stopped using Google+ years ago too because that's not where my people were. I post a lot on Facebook and Twitter, but it's often a lot of emotional labor (not to mention time and effort to write - and I am a professional writer and editor) that I'm putting into these platforms for free. Instead of repeating the same things over and over and OVER again to educate people who are ignorant of the harm they do to people in the various marginalized groups I belong to. I should get paid for what amounts to diversity consulting work (mostly related to disabilities) and Narrative provides a platform where I can do that. 

I was a fairly early adopter to Steemit and had high hopes (Who doesn't want to get paid for producing content?!). Unfortunately, the UX was seriously lacking and the 'gaming' of the system made it unenjoyable. I just wanted to share and experience great content and community, not spend my time figuring out which bots to invest in.

MichelleG posted:

Facebook: 

Facebook cannot be reformed from within or without. Its fundamental business model, while successful, runs contrary to contemporary communication needs. Transparency and data protection are no longer optional in a world where nano-targeting of consumers and voters is possible. That's why I'm ready to make the jump.

Steemit:

Steemit was great as a first step. But it developed cliques bent on exploiting the algorithms and squeezing everybody else out. This was the fault of the cliques, obviously. But it was equally the fault of the exploitable reputation algorithms. Narrative discourages bully cliques by being fundamentally organized around democratic principles at every level. From day one, everyone from staff to founders to patrons has been committed to putting the structures in place necessary to protect everyone's autonomy and agency. And the reputation algorithms, the secret sauce, are a quantum leap ahead of Steemit's, and dare I say, Reddit's as well. The talent and skillsets that went into the development of Narrative's reputation algorithms doesn't currently have a rival.

 

Thanks so much for sharing your insight, Michelle. I'm including the first part now and will add your comments on Steemit when that is added to the post. 

Gord posted:

I was a fairly early adopter to Steemit and had high hopes (Who doesn't want to get paid for producing content?!). Unfortunately, the UX was seriously lacking and the 'gaming' of the system made it unenjoyable. I just wanted to share and experience great content and community, not spend my time figuring out which bots to invest in.

Thanks, @Gord - your feedback has been shared by many others, which is why we are focusing so heavily on UX and Reputation! I'll definitely include your comments when we add Steemit to the post.

Christina Gleason posted:

I stopped using Google+ years ago too because that's not where my people were. I post a lot on Facebook and Twitter, but it's often a lot of emotional labor (not to mention time and effort to write - and I am a professional writer and editor) that I'm putting into these platforms for free. Instead of repeating the same things over and over and OVER again to educate people who are ignorant of the harm they do to people in the various marginalized groups I belong to. I should get paid for what amounts to diversity consulting work (mostly related to disabilities) and Narrative provides a platform where I can do that. 

Hey @Christina Gleason - thanks for sharing the perspective of a professional writer and editor. Will definitely include!

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