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?