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    • As usual you are the early adopter. I hope Cake finds traction and think it can potentially fill a very important void for community at present. New social platforms can be fun and exciting. I remember the early days of Flickr groups, FriendFeed, the early days of G+. Having a place where your friends hang out and community flourishes is missing right now. Looking forward to seeing how Cake evolves. :)

    • Trying to have your cake and eat it too, eh?

      If that pun wasn't intended by the product name...I'd be surprised ;)

      Actually so far it looks clean and neat and, in a very old-school way, immersive. I remember the text-based days very well, when the only way to internet was by reading. This is a welcome throwback and the lack of noise is palpable.

      I've been known to submit long-form material to my facebook feed where it immediately drowns among kitten videos and rabid memes. Maybe I'll have better luck getting someone to read a thousand words here. I'm certainly game to find out.

      Thank you Robert for the chain of events that led me here.

    • It seems like in any successful social network (and by successful, I mean "gains any reasonable multimillion person audience"), there's an arc. I saw it on MySpace, on Reddit, on Facebook, on G+. It happens over and over again. There are great organic conversations early on. Influencers arise and begin to create organic clusters. Marketers see the traction and step in, and begin commercializing conversations. The quality of the network goes downhill, and then it becomes a place you post to if you continue to pay attention to it in spite of the network as opposed to because of it.

      See: Facebook.

      I've followed you on Google, Facebook, and Twitter, and like Guy Kawasaki, you've always walked a fine line between fostering organic conversations and presenting marketing conversations. I know, I know, "Evangelism", but let's call it what it is.

      I'm curious how Cake will solve THAT particular problem. I'm very much ready for a new network.

    • Trying her out. Like the clean look, so far. One concern I have, though, is reading that Cake is designed primarily for people to follow topics, not people. That's great, in theory, but I'm not sure I understand why both models aren't supported. I read the NYTimes because I trust it - and know it. I ready your (Robert's) comments because I know you, and trust your opinion. Seems like it's asking a lot of me to read content from complete strangers without some association with trusted or known sources - be them people or entities (papers, organizations, etc.).

      So, if I like drone photography (which I do) and I start reading and following content in that area - how do I filter out the content from people that I don't like or aren't delivering what I consider to be credible content?

      People certainly complain that Facebook sort of creates a siloed content environment where one tends to follow people who have similar likes, political beliefs, etc. and see those same filters applied to news feeds - a sort of content and idea homogenization. But, that's not always a bad thing.

      So, I'll give this a ride and peek around a bit.

    • Thank you for the insight and honesty - the eight problems resonate. I must confess that, although I've been looking around here for a few days, I hadn't realized the full benefit/potential of panel discussions. Now that I do, I'm looking forward to sitting back and watching experts do their thing!

    • I'm impressed by the amount of engagement you've enjoyed here already!

      As a student of app success, I'm both very happy to see the lucid options like outlinking so simply in text and recognize that disadvantage of concern for user over growth.

      Facebook doesn't allow this for the very self-serving purpose of keeping you on platform.

      The option feels very much more like Medium. And, I like that.

      The bottom line is, there's never one monolithic permanent solution to any need.

      Facebook is the biggest social media platform today. But, we long for something outside the monoculture. The internet is designed to be free. Options make it more so!

    • I understand the desire for "leadership", "authority figures", and even that dreaded title "Influencers", but IMO they are one of the core culprits in why social networks fail.

      It is their hubris, and the cultivation of the Influencer Culture based on illusory social proof.

      Once, a long time ago on a network now being sunsetted, one of the great social media influencers once wrote:

      "never trust anybody who has fewer followers than you... because if they really knew what they were doing, they'd have much more followers than you... so why would you listen to someone..." - Guy Kawasaki

      Now that's not to say that all voices on Social should be treated equally, but that is the Silicon Valley View. If you don't have big numbers, no matter how inflated and meaningless they are, then you simply don't matter. Forget the value (or lack thereof) that you're contributing, if you don't have big numbers you don't have a voice worth listening to.

      So how can Silicon Valley reform itself in regards to social to understand the true value propositions?

      (an old thread on this: )

    • Hi Robert,

      Thanks for your honesty and baring your soul in post after post. The transparency of the
      transformation you’re undergoing is an inspiration to others.

      I’ve been waiting for another platform to begin to wean some of us away from Facebook
      (which has all of the pitfalls you outlined) and Twitter (where there really is no social cohesion or community). So I’ll be checking out Cake and seeing how it’s markedly different from Medium. I do like the clean design (though I frankly don’t see the difference between a smiley face, a pair of clapping hands, a pair of raised hands, a thumbs up, and the dozens of other emojis that are supposed to provide a shorthand for what we’re thinking or how we’re
      feeling ... but not sure I'm not the target audience).

      On a side note, you write: “I'm quite convinced we all will be wearing glasses by 2025 for all work and play.” And I remember you saying at Jason’s Launch Scale conference that we’ll all be wearing glasses within 2 years – and that was on Nov. 14, 2016. Didn’t happen, and I don’t think it’ll happen by Dec. 31, 2025.

      Let me know if you’d like to make a friendly wager (dinner for four? ... Jason Calacanis does this all the time on his This Week in Startups podcast), or if wagering is one of the things you’ve given up. Just trying to keep you grounded and not caught up in the tech razzle-dazzle that's coming down the pike, good sir!