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    • I think I showed how. Assholes won't get invited into panel discussions. :-)

      If I behave like an asshole, whether that be bringing outrage, hate, troll behaviors, or, even, simple overly commercial or annoying pushing of my agenda, er, the future, well, then I won't get invited into many panel discussions. Which means the worst I could do is shake an emoji at you. :-)

    • I'm curious how Cake will solve THAT particular problem.

      Thanks, Chris. That problem is my second-worse nightmare. #1 is no traction at all. 😳

      I think all the big services were built by very young men in Silicon Valley around 15 years ago when we were all obsessed by free speech, no? On the upside, we've all been awestruck at the power the networks have to make things go viral.

      I heard Ev Williams say if they'd known about the rise of trolls back then, they would have architected Twitter differently. The question we asked was okay, we have the opportunity to learn from 15 years of history. How to make something that will scale?

      Once again I thought of Jeff Bezos, who said it's important to ask what will never change. In his case, it's selection, fast delivery, and low prices. They had to obsessively shoot for those without adding bad products, cluttering search so you couldn't find anything, and they had to design warehouses like no one had ever imagined before.

      With us it's signal-to-noise and content discovery, no? We have to obsess over those at scale. We've done a few things so far but we're early and the team is small. But focusing on those two things is really energizing.

      For example, we don't care about how many users have registered. But we do care about how we get great conversations that get lots of views. In that way we feel more like YouTube than the others, at least to me. One YouTube creator can create millions of views with epic content. Or you can make a great video on how to fix a certain model water heater that a small but devoted group of people love. And they do a really good job of surfacing interesting music and videos, it seems to me.

    • I agree with you about the arc of social networks but I feel that the case of Google+ is a little different. Though more difficult to find, I think the organic conversations continued and may continue until the lights go off. I think that G+ ultimately failed because of lack of a cohesive - and simple - vision of what it should be.

      I don't want to move this conversation to the fate of G+ (there are other posts for that) but the cautionary tale of G+ is you need to two ingredients to make an interest-based network successful: Vision and love. That's the burden for Cake to deal with now.