Why Social Media Software Sucks

in politics •  10 months ago  (edited)

Has anyone noticed how much the user interface for Skype sucks for example? It’s getting worse with every “upgrade”. Now I can’t even edit the fields for entering alternative numbers when I add a new contact. The interface is optimized only for swiping and clicking, and minimal typing. Ditto the messaging feature in LinkedIn which forces my avatar photo to appear on every Github link I share and which loses message history.

Because in order to pump up their stock price and sell the most advertising, they need more users … any users as long as they click ads. So do not dare make the software (e.g. user interface) too sophisticated nor target too high of intellectual quality which would cause attrition in the middle of the IQ bell curve.

See this StackOverflow topic.

In other news, the EU’s GDPR and the USA ready to emulate once the liberals get back into power, is destroying the tech sector and will cause an exodus of the remaining engines of economic growth to leave for Asia.

But that’s okay because it is all part of the trend of chaos.

P.S. perhaps the title of this blog could have been, “Google is destroying the USA’s tech sector.”

EDIT: George Gilder in his talk about his book Life After Google explains that free goods aren’t really goods, because there’s no price discovery nor liability to the customer. He elaborates in a Forbes interview. He and I have similar perspective on A.I. and the Singularity nonsense.

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Skype, Firefox, Yahoo and Google searches worsened, OKCupid worsened.

Busy, Steemit, duckduckgo and tinder were bad from the beginning and remained bad.

Brave browser is bad too.

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I guess my above blog didn’t explicitly enough explain why the EU’s GDPR is a ruse or Trojan horse to control freedom-of-speech.

Hi dear Mr.Moore
I am your big fan!
May I ask about the social products you developed?
Where can I find out more? I hope it will be launched soon.

For me the biggest lack in social media is a proper engine for better discussions. Most social media are not for discussions but for throwing your ideas onto another people. The goal is low - to boost your ego that you are smart ideologist (twitter) , you look good (instagram), you have many friends (facebook) or you are very professional and boring (linkedin). Didn't see yet a real tool for discussions, and this is needed as democracy is suffering without it. The closest there exist is wikipedia. But wiki is more for current knowledge summary. What we need is more a tool for massive knowledge processing and knowledge creation, a boosted version of wiki maybe? For sure must be decentralized, allowing voting, may threads, easy filtering and tagging of comments/posts and also summaries. A real massive media platform created by smart people upwardly. Utopia?

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There’s Reddit. But yeah we need it on a decentralized ledger so censorship is impossible. I’m working on this.

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The TRYBE name is reasonably good, but I think our Keeper and Uncommons name choices are better. Their KYN token name is gimmicky and I much prefer our cred choice.

Their domain is not even the .com nor the .org. It’s trybe.one. Scaling to millions of users will be difficult when users arrive at trybe.com and it appears also to be some social media site.

I see they have the affiliate program idea I had thought of years ago. They’re awarding 50 tokens for each referral signup. But the problem is they have no means to prevent gaming by hordes of sockpuppets. Ditto they award more tokens for certain actions such 10 tokens per daily visit, but this doesn’t really measure human activity because it can be automated by bots.

Also posting is charged 50 tokens! Wtf!

Also as you noted it is based on the EOS platform which is apparently the clusterfuck I predicted it would be.

Also they’re planning an ICO token sale in December which I think is insane given the accelerating enforcement activity from the SEC against illegally issued securities. Realize that the left in the USA is attempting to shutdown Alex Jones by cutting off his Paypal and credit card merchant accounts after banning him from major social media platforms. They’re even attacking Gab.ai (now gab.com) because it hosted Alex Jones content. So for sure after Alex Jones (and other “undesirables”) turns to cryptocurrency to fund his InfoWars programming, the left (and banks which the global mafia will use to support the left) which is going berserk no later than 2020, is going to go after vulnerable cryptocurrencies and their principal issuers. So it is very naive to be messing around with a potentially illegal ICO at this juncture.

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Regarding Alex Jones, he and his likes are obviously FSB propaganda agents of the demoralization stage, which according to Bezmenev, had already been completed decades ago.

If it is not enough for you, consider Paul Craig Roberts and Jim Willie whom I heard each say in his own voice that "Putin is my hero".
Both were obviously interviewed by Alex Jones and his ilk.

Is gab.ai decentralized BTW?
Does it offer financialization of any sort?

And what makes KYN illegal and cred legal?

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OK agree Reddit is not bad social media. But I'm thinking what we need more is a kind of massive knowledge processing engine, slightly described here. In short it would serve to apply kind of software production process to e.g. law creation where social network (very big community) could be involved. It could revolutionize how people work together in my view. Ticket (problem to solve or sth to improve)->Categorization->Team (or few teams) assignment-> Cost estimation->Whitepapers->Voting for best solution->Implementation

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I wrote on Quora:

I agree that above the layer of the decentralized foundational protocols on the Internet, there’s a lot of design-by-committee failure layered on top that needs to go the way of the Dodo bird. JavaScript and CSS are two prime examples of clusterfucks.

I think you may end up incorrect about the importance of decentralized ledgers, although many of your criticisms of extant blockchain designs I agree with:

Scaling, Decentralization, Security of Distributed Ledgers

Our Western world is sinking into Millennialism:

http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=8106#comment-2017786

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