Waking Dogs has been on Minds.com since it's Beta Phase in 2016.
This experiment in Social networking started the year before with a bold criticism of the model of social media that mines social interaction for data, and leads thought with algorithmic precision to benefit advertisers and investors.
A Minds account is a channel- in the familiar social media style which can be what ever you like, from an anonymous personal "wall" to a platform for products, philosophies, hobbies or interests, with posts, blogs, video, or photos, and you may join interest groups. You can subscribe to other channels which then become part of your news feed organically- without imposed algorithms- and customizable with hash tags that represent your interests. For those who want to interact there are options to share content from other channels to your own (called: remind) comment, like, or dislike. each of these options as well as creating content or posting content, earn your channel tokens, more or less ranked by which action you take, that can then be exchanged to boost content, or contribute to another channel.
Ultimately for the driven participant tokens can be monetized and cashed out as crypto-currency in the "real world"
For our purpose the way we use the Waking Dog channel is a place to save and share and comment on diverse news sources, archiving the current events that pique our interest in the well trodden realm of our general mission-
An avowed free speech platform that touts the privacy of users is bound to draw in every element of humanity, with perhaps an extra dollop of radical ideas and outlandish views. Especially now as mainstream social media platforms are being more critical of extreme speech, following a crackdown on free speech in Thailand a few years ago, there was a wave of new Minds users, which help drive the development of language translation on the site.
Unfiltered, the raw face of humanity isn't for the faint of heart- anything goes here, except outright criminal activity, threats, etc. and the moderation from the coders-in-chief is minimal, in fact there is now a random jury process to appeal decisions about controversial content, the few I was asked to participate in were about mislabeled porn. content can be labeled NSFW and unlocked by claiming to be over 18. It is encouraged that if users can't tolerate content, they scroll past, block what they prefer not to see or report it to moderators who will determine if well defined terms of service have been violated:
Media is only as good as the people that make it.
So why not make some?
What is MINDS?
MINDS.COM is a social media networking site which would have to be characterized as the antithesis of Facebook. Minds basically took all the issues that people do not like about Facebook, both operationally and philosophically, and fixed them. Minds was only formally launched in June of 2015.
The network has gained significant traction from an extremely loyal subscriber base. Here is just one Minds user’s feelings about the site but it is the typical sentiment of many of their users, myself included: “I haven’t left Facebook, but only because it’s my only connection to much of my family. The truth is, Facebook is manipulated. The information you receive is censored, twisted, and aggressive. A person’s deep, intellectual thoughts on life are lost in the trends of the moment. Social media has the potential to be the digital nervous system of the entire human species. Social media can connect the entire planet and bring various cultural traditions and philosophies to a place where all can comprehend. I came to Minds.com looking for this concept, and have absolutely found it.” – @stoneman2103
What is Minds Philosophy?
From what I have observed using Minds over the last 6 months, it is the exact opposite of Facebook. Facebook looks to restrict, collect, exploit and commercialize the flow of information and Minds wants to set information free (except for their users’ information). Minds says its platform is about the liberation of information and access to knowledge and this is also reflected in their actions. Minds has outlined a more ethical revenue model that does not rely on exploiting their users or their content and information.
Minds wants to grow their company and enrich their users, compared to Facebook, which has enriched their company by exploiting their users. This is not to say that as the Minds platform grows, that they won’t run into some of the same challenges that Facebook faced, but in my opinion, the guys at Minds will have better solutions because they have a completely different set of ethics than Facebook.
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