The next social media will hide the number of following/followers. And will make you pay a very small sum to follow someone.
No more klout-like contests. No more advertising. You will be paid because your followers find that you post quality content.
@ploum Why couldn't we have done it this way from the beginning? Was it not technologically feasible, or were the people building the existing social media silos so lacking in imagination that they couldn't imagine charging people to follow, keeping a small cut for themselves, and giving most of the money to the people getting followed?
if anything the possibility of being suddenly made to pay someone else money is going to encourage -more- checking on one's own followers and make it even harder to recover from conflicts with others
Exploitation the human need for social interaction is pretty much what capitalist social media is all about. I just wish I had thought to say to @ploum: "Congratulations. You reinvented Patreon."
Because paying to follow people is pretty much how Patreon works.
@starbreaker @LexYeen @Thaminga @anthracite @chr @Gargron @ploum Key difference between pay-to-follow and Patreon is that in the latter not everybody has to pay into the project or w/e for it to stay afloat. You just need a core of people dedicated enough to pay. Of course, this also means content creators try to encourage more than the core to pay by tauting exclusive content. They're superficially similar, but not the same.
@chr @Gargron @starbreaker @ploum I like the idea of hiding follower counts, anything to cut down on that sweet, sweet dopamine rush. But I really wouldn't want to use a social media ecosystem that required payment for following people. I'd rather have people post random stuff that interests and delights them than try to optimize for popularity.
@Azure @ploum @starbreaker @Gargron @chr Worthwhile noting there's an open bug report for this, https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/issues/754 "Thoughts on not showing a followers/following number?"
For anyone interested, might be worthwhile giving the issue a thumbs-up, or otherwise contributing to it if you have the time.
It's too different from the alternatives. It will alienate those coming over from other platforms.
It's useful information for privacy purposes. You need to see who is following you, if you need to block somebody, etc
Knowing how large your audience is *is* a success metric for artists, musicians, journalists and other creators.
I agree that this would be a very strong move. It means building something very very different than what exist today. It's a choice. Either Mastodon wants to be a free/decentralised replacement of Twittter or it wants to be something new.
Neither is good or bad, it's a matter of choice.