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?

@starbreaker @ploum that's a high barrier to entry for extremely low value individual content. you may come to appreciate someone's presence after a while, but if i just looked at someone's last 20 posts for the first time, however good they may be, it would not convince me to open my wallet.

@gargron @starbreaker @ploum what if monthly microtransactions for following someone? you see their stuff for a month and then decide if you wanna keep following. also following is "free" if you're mutuals

@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, github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/ "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.

@digitalfox @Azure @ploum @starbreaker @chr I don't think it's viable. Here's a couple reasons why:

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.

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@Gargron @digitalfox @Azure @starbreaker @chr : yes but that metric is completely, utterly wrong. (but easy to use) Interesting read:
theatlantic.com/amp/article/55

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.

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