I sometimes have difficulty explaining to friends why micro.json.blog exists. Why post there and Twitter/Facebook? Saying that I want to “own my own content on my own domain” doesn’t resonate with most people in my social circle. There’s some sense to it, but I think the main reaction is “that seems like trouble/ruckus for small gains”.
Facebook and YouTube are conflicted about how to handle this because their model is wrong.
Centralized platforms have succeeded on three stools:
- Ease of use.
- Network effects
Unfortunately, creating a platform that succeeds at all three of these things also creates a platform that is an effective vector for hate speech, harassment, and coordinate misinformation campaigns. That’s not a possibility, it’s an empirical fact.
The current model has made it so that solving easy problems around speech require seemingly impossibly hard solutions. I want to take some of that back.