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    • Hey everyone I'm new to the platform and everything. Currently I'm creating my own social media platform and I was wondering if I could get your input. What do you feel is the future of social media and how does it personally make you feel? Even better..are there any features that you wish were included, or created, on Cake( or even you favorite social media platform). Thanks for you time :) If you have any suggestions feel free to comment haha im all ears :)

    • I’d suggest looking through the psychological findings on the damage social media is doing to society and people. Particularly younger girls. Start from there and consider building something that isn’t so damaging to developing minds for starters.

    • They’ve been great about considering feedback. At times I think there are things I’d like but nothing major comes to mind. The size of the Cake users has an influence on what features are needed. As it grows the needs will change.

    • My ideal social network would have the following:

      1) Mandatory verification of people: I know there are benefits to anonymity. And there should be places on the web that allow that. Most social networks already do. But there are disadvantages too. A lot of the trolling and hatred comes from people venting behind the veil of anonymity, knowing there are no repercussions to their words. If everyone was verified as their true identity, conversations would be more civilized.

      2) No deletion of posts: In the age of disappearing messages and 24 hour stories, we lose accountability. Just like Twitter doesn't allow anyone to edit tweets, I'd like a platform where your posts stay forever (unless the person wants to delete their account and move on). This brings accountability. If I choose to say something stupid about the spread of a pandemic.. or make racial slurs at some... let that content be available for my friends, family and future employers.

      3) No censorship. At all: The above two points I'd put in place, just to achieve this. Censorship by definition, cannot be unbiased. People's own political views, likes or dislikes, religious leaning etc... will invariably impact what gets edited and what doesn't. But if we have verified accounts and non-deletable posts... hopefully the dick pics will remain in the minority.

      4) Not available for kids: This would be a bummer I am sure. But any place that has no censorship shouldn't be exposed to kids. User verification would allow for this to be enforced.

      5) Paid service: People are smarting to the idea that Linux fans have known for a long time. The true definition of "free" is freedom of expression. Not free as in "free beer". If I am receiving a service and not paying for it, I am certain I am the product. Maybe not immediately, but the monetization will follow. So make payments mandatory for all members. Initial tiers can be made more affordable. I dunno, maybe 2 dollars a month. Additional services can be higher. It might not end up being a replacement of Facebook with a billion users. But you'll end up with a more engaging community with quality discussions.

      6) No advertising: This means you don't need to collect, or use data of people's preferences and posts. It makes you instantly more trustworthy. Plus the paid service makes the business model sustainable.

      7) Company accounts: Let organizations own accounts and post stuff. But lack of advertising means they can't put something on the top of the feed. Unless it organically gains traction. Company accounts would probably pay a little more. Especially because they know they aren't reaching out to 1 million accounts that include duplication, trolls and inactive nodes. They might reach out to 200,000 people but those are "real".

      Just some thoughts of mine. Not sure if it makes sense.

    • Now this is an amazing comment haha I like how you think and a lot of the things that you're saying. I would love to get on a ten min call with you and get an even better understand of which platforms you like etc etc but this is awesome anyway. So from what you see so far... you notice that certain places have each of these options but not all of them? And which platforms do you usually use if you dont mind me asking

    • I don't live in the US so we'd have to coordinate time zones. But sure! I'd love to get a on call. This is a very interesting topic. I am based in Dubai. Maybe let's target the weekend?

      I am on a fair few networks including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Parler, Vero, MeWe and Ello. It comes from being curious and trying out new stuff. But I mostly consume content there, barring the occasional post on Instagram. As a kid I was really active on Facebook but that phase is over. I don't seek validation from people anymore.

      And no, I don't know of any network that has everything I want. I am not even sure that's possible or viable.

      The only network I actually engage the most in is Cake. I love the fact that people aren't chasing likes or followers. The conversation thread is more important than the people commenting on it.

      This place also has the kind of people I'd enjoy a conversation with :)

    • awesome yeah cake is pretty cool haha how about this saturday? I'm free whenever so you can pick a time because I know you're in a different timezone haha

    • Welcome to Cake, @ngrant123! There have been a ton of great comments in here, so I won’t rehash anything already said. What I would add is what I’ve liked about Cake is its clear message and purpose: To have better, troll-free conversations online. So, whatever platform you come up with, make sure you have a clear focus and purpose. And that you communicate that to people. People need to know why your social media platform is unique and different from a platform they are already on.

    • A good social network should be easy and accessible from anywhere on any device.

      It's the reason that people love FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram. Quick and easy signup, nothing technical or complicated, and then they can access it from wherever they are on whatever device they have to hand.

      It's also the reason that I'm here posting on Cake after trying out about 15 different 'alternative' social networks during the last week for an article I'm writing and dismissing most of them incredibly quickly.

      People care about privacy but they don't all want the complication of something like Disapora, they have to start selecting nodes, etc. and just drop out before they even get signed up.

    • The only network I actually engage the most in is Cake. I love the fact that people aren't chasing likes or followers. The conversation thread is more important than the people commenting on it.