The Minds User Experience:
Minds is very different than Facebook in regard to user experience. The best way I can describe it is to say that, Facebook is like reading a tabloid magazine and Minds is like reading a personal development book. Another way to put it is to say that Facebook is centered around people while Minds is more about ideas.
When I’m on Minds I see beautiful art, pictures, read interesting articles and hear thought provoking ideas that challenge my world view and belief systems. On Minds you have ability to subscribe to like-minded people, as opposed to subscribing to friends and associates on Facebook, (who may not always have the same personal or social interests you have). On Minds I’m interacting with virtual strangers, (as opposed to Facebook where I know the people offline) but we have common interests and beliefs that make us more socially compatible. I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with many people on Minds and I found most to be intelligent, funny and caring, with a genuine yearning to see a better future ahead. I’ve introduced several people to Minds and they’ve told me that they feel more at ease and tend to express themselves more openly on Minds than they do on Facebook. On Minds, there also seems to be a more humanitarian dynamic at play, with an undercurrent of ideological integrity. On Minds I spend my time consuming content that actually interests me, and I’m rewarded for that time using the point system. Maybe that’s why Minds just has a more productive feel to it. When I’m on Facebook if feels like wasted or lost time. Facebook feels like the past, like what was — Minds feels like what is and the future.
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 and is still in beta mode. Even so, 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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