This sounds awesome. One thing that I had liked about Facebook was the ability to share articles from a wide range of sources. Some articles done by other researchers, journalists, and curators in general were already well done and informative and it was convenient and easy to just repost their articles rather than rewrite a similar article in my own words. It was a rapid way to stimulate thoughts and awareness. Being involved in the Occupy movement when encampments were going on where many important political views and issues were able to be discussed and presented; not only with one another but also the curious people who observed from a distance. When we were more or less evicted from our encampments and were dispersed, that strength in numbers and community camaraderie was somewhat lost. Then seemed to begin what many of us refered to as Occupy 2.0. There were workshops and educations on how to more use technology and social media as a tool for outreach as well as to stay networked from our own locations. I don’t remember being that interested in platforms like Facebook before that as I had a sense from it’s advent (Facebook) that it was a data mining ploy in which people freely gave their intimate details that they would have never given had a government department just asked them. My limited memories of FB in it’s early days was coffee break entertainment and , yes cat pictures, jokes, pics of food, and games, and then “random” surveys that people would spread around. After the encampments I became very interested in using social media as a technique for activism and social justice. Quickly I observed more and more people becoming more awakened and empowered through using the speed of social media as a vehicle of social change and raising awareness. I remember finding that alot of what I felt were very important sources of information were on little known "alternative media" sites and blogs. RT and al-Jazeera were a couple that extra come to mind. I saw a mass movement where anyone with an open mind was rapidly becoming ever more informed, especially upon the very issues that were being strongly communicated during the "Occupations". THEN.., it seemed that investigative journalists were disappearing, or getting cracked down upon. People in the holistic health fields were found dead without reason. Alternative news sources were being censured and often never reached the audiences intended. Now we have a world of such fake news and entertainment that I and many people that I know felt that venues like Facebook were becoming dangerous to our safety and we felt profiled like we we put on a special list in a surveillance world. At first, we thought the risk was worth it, as more friends and family seemed to be waking up. Then people began losing their jobs, feeling like they were being spied on, harassed at airports, and flooded with trolls. Anyway, recently I was sharing with some friends that I wished that Steemit would have those features that I liked with sites like Facebook, where a person is not limited to only there own material , but can make use of the hard work and efforts of others as a vehicle for social uplift and bring illumination of both the good and the bad. So it would seem to me that that is what Parley can offer that I perceived would otherwise be lacking on Steemit in general. No censorship by the "1%" and greater safety to the authors and sharers. Now there is no need for anyone to continue with Farcebook. Just some thoughts... Nice work, thanks.
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