Also, this is only going to get worse when we start having 1000 comment threads.
Also, this is only going to get worse when we start having 1000 comment threads.
On the arc of social networks, I have a huge motorcycle forum and motorcyclists are pretty frisky. Over the years as we've created subforums we watched the arc go from hard-to-get-traction ==> positive network effects ==> awesomeness ==> it's getting hard to keep up and it's getting noisy in here ==> it's getting impersonal, who are these n00bs? ==> oh look, here come the spammers and trolls.
We would then slice the subforum into pieces. We'd get a few howls but 9 times out of 10 it would restore the pieces back to positive network effects. Some would stay small enough, like Old's Cool, a subforum for restoring vintage bikes, that it has stayed great for years.
Our hope was that by enabling the topic structure we have, people could create very specific topics, like Ural Patrol sidecars, to keep the signal to noise high.
Sounds like exactly what I've come to expect from online communities.
I like the idea of perpetually subdividing topics breaking it up, but I haven't seen that effect on Reddit. That being said, new sandbox, new rules. Maybe y'all will be the ones to crack it.
threaded conversations seem messy, but I get your point. I think it comes down to individual preference. I grew up on Flickr group threads which are flat. Perhaps hence the bias. :)
The interest based ads model has worked reasonably well for Reddit, but it wasn't enough to fully solve their revenue issues. Reddit Gold and Cake...Frosting?..seem like a reasonable premium model
Fascinating, Chris. I have loved Reddit for years and probably spend 20 minutes there every day, but I haven't known how their revenue streams work other than I like Gold and no ads.
My understanding in speaking to advertisers is they have been worried that Reddit isn't brand safe because of all the controversies.
@thomashawk , we are rolling out a subscription service on my motorcycle forum, Adventure Rider, and fingers crossed. No ads is the main benefit. We're hearing positive things but we will see what percent of users sign up.
I haven't seen it on Reddit either and I'm not sure why. I think starting a new subreddit is hard and 95% of them never get traction. We're hoping starting a new topic is easy enough. We're seeing people do that and invite people they know to it, so we're hopeful.
Holy crap. I just realized after all this time that the arrow next to the "Replying to" box expands into the full quoted comment. #UIFail. :D That certainly makes it easier to keep track of what I'm responding to, to @thomashawk 's point.
I have a ridiculously high karma on Reddit (no, I won't reveal my username), and have been an active user since the Digg 2.0 debacle (another promising community shot through the heart by not understanding the mechanics of online communities). I've watched it go from Spez and Kn0thing's playground for nerds to a global community serving a billion pageviews a month, and I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from their evolution during that time. Perhaps even more so than Facebook, if quality conversation is part of your product's mission.
I had an option of threaded or flat on Adventure Rider for years and it seemed like technical people who used sites like Reddit liked threaded, but we didn't have many of them on ADV so we eventually dropped the option. It had less than 10% usage there, I guessed because motorcyclists weren't too savvy and they tended to get lost in the threading.
My intuition makes me feel they work better when there is a post with comments, but not as well when it's a conversation and you want to follow it from start to end.
Holy crap. I just realized after all this time that the arrow next to the "Replying to" box expands into the full quoted comment. #UIFail. :D
There is a tricky little shortcut you see @yaypie and I using: if you highlight some text in the post you're replying to, we will automatically highlight that snippet as you see above 👆.
I believe you with Reddit learnings. Can I call? I just sent you a friend request on Facebook because we haven't built private messaging yet (too many things!).
Over the years as we've created subforums we watched the arc go from hard-to-get-traction ==> positive network effects ==> awesomeness ==> it's getting hard to keep up and it's getting noisy in here ==> it's getting impersonal, who are these n00bs? ==> oh look, here come the spammers and trolls.
I'm not sure exactly where it belongs, but you left out "what ever happened to ...." or "why did so-and-so stop posting", etc. I think that comes before the "who are these n00bs".
I don't use Facebook messenger, but I'm good with Google Hangouts. Can I PM you a link on Facebook?
(and if that isn't an indictment of the current state of unified messaging, I don't know what is).
I am on EST, so if you're going to call this evening, it should probably be within the next hour. :)
Kevin!! I think you were there after I left, but I've heard wonderful things about you. You're on the Board of Trustees for RIT? We recruited there at SmugMug and hired some great engineers.
I wrote a couple stories about General Magic you might like:
yes trustee at RIT. Great grads in CS. I joined GM as you were leaving - headed up Portico etc. we met when you were already growing fatbrain. We need a Cake. Love you are attacking the problem.
Yes, not to over dramatize, but I do think the world needs what we hope Cake will become, badly. We can't screw this up because so much is at stake, at least that's what I believe.
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!
Interesting to see some familiar faces from the last 7 years right here in this conversation. A well written long form article too,which I agree with in most parts.
Social has lost its luster across the board, through no ones fault but its own self inflicted abuse.
Not sure cake can bring back the things that matter as far as publishing and consumption goes, but the established alternatives certainly won't.
Anyway, hello to the familiar people.
And for all of you, keep the publishing pace low now 👍😊🏋️♂️
I'm just finding out about Cake right now and it couldn't come at a better time. With the sad demise and eventual shutdown of my beloved Google+, I'm looking for something different and better than current offerings. Maybe I'll write my farewell to my Android and Tech followers from Google+ over here on Cake.
Some of us are already here!
Thanks, Jason. It doesn't feel like a winner-take-all market to me and I think that's good for all of us, no? Facebook is good for keeping up with friends and family but I get the feeling that it degraded a little when they decided they also wanted to be Twitter.
Our simple idea is that you can't always indulge your interests with your friends and family because they don't share them. And sometimes you want to go deeper in a topic than you can on Facebook. No reason the two sites can't coexist, seems to me.
except with Facebook and even worse Instagram you can’t escape the advertising and I suppose tracking. When ads show up on Cake I hope we’ll be able to subscribe to pay and opt out. :)
I can’t see the Facebook ad machine ever letting users have that.
One concern I have, though, is reading that Cake is designed primarily for people to follow topics, not people.
There's an implementation issue with that presently, being that all the topics you follow are thrown into your Cake home feed, without any controls/filters. One can't cut the stream down to one or a few of their current interests -- this is rather surprising for an interest-based network, and strikes me as something that needs to be addressed in short order, as it comes close to defeating the whole point.
Yes, you can.
At the top of cake is a menu of icons. Click the star. There are two options just below the star. Choose topics. Now you can unfollow.