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Are there any ethical channels for ad revenue?


(I went back and tried to bold the main questions for readers of this, I know I went a bit TL;DR on this one)

Long ago I set up one of my blogs with Google ads *cringe*. It's in a state of neglect at the moment, but still set up that way. Now I want to get more active on there again, but I do not want to do so until I solve this problem that's been bugging me. I think this has even become pathological and is causing some sort of cognitive dissonance which is making it difficult for me to post on that blog. I know, I'm a mess! Or maybe I've just been lazy. Or both... I find myself actually writing articles that would be well suited to the blog, yet I save them privately and never post them - and I am beginning to believe it is due to this problem that I've let grow over the years.

So, how does one monetize something like a blog in an ethical way? I cannot, with good conscience, continue running Google services, or the services of any company with a morally ambiguous business model, or policies that do not respect privacy. I do not just mean ads; I plan to also strip away 3rd party analytics and anything else that is deemed questionable from this ethical / privacy standpoint. I am not against basic site stats from the server (like link popularity, 404s, avg. time on page - generic statistics), but I don't feel the need to have a 3rd party involved in that, nor the need to use javascript to secretively harvest any additional info from users as most analytic systems do. I don't want to acquire anyone's contact info, or other information via any means than that person's very own express intent, e.g. they type their email in a 'get notified of new posts' form and hit confirm! I want ads that can use my site and it's articles (not user tracking and profiling) to choose relative ads (or even better just let me choose the ads manually) and do no more voodoo than is absolutely necessary. No analytics or extra features... just the most basic system to get the job done and respect the privacy of the site visitor.

Basically... I just want to practice what I preach and not be a hypocrite or part of the problem! I do a lot of talk about social, political, tech and privacy issues (I can rant or debate just about anything) and for the most part I think I live my ideologies as much as one reasonably can. Keyword there is reasonably. I'm not going to sit here and virtue signal, but I do my best - however I could use some help and advice here from those of you that have experience with this! I know some of my #distributed / #federated social media network still run blogs or other for-profit ventures, so how do you all do it? Can you share what, if anything, that you have wrestled with, or still do?

What about end-user perspectives? I know from my own end-user experience that I don't necessarily mind ads if done respectfully (not overwhelming or distracting, relevant to the site content, honest - all of which is rare), but I despise ads that have obviously used unethical methods (loud and annoying, plastered all over the place, disguised as legit content, etc. etc. etc.)!

Does anyone out there know of any advertising service providers that are a) morally and ethically conscious, and b) also effective to a reasonable degree? Bonus points if they operate on open-source infrastructure! ;)

Obviously there's an alternative to advertising that's quite popular these days: donations. I see myriad donation services out there, on websites and (even more so) on people's social media accounts. I'm not against this in any way! I just have zero experience with it. Does anyone here have experience going from an ad-based method of supporting a blog, service or project to a donation based method? I'm interested in knowing how that went if anyone reading this has been involved in such a scenario!

The reason I'm hesitant about a donations-only approach is because, with the blogs I've operated or been a part of in the past, very few people are dedicated readers/subscribers. This is likely a symptom of the tech-oriented subject matter; a lot of what tech blogs post is the sort of things that might solve a problem, things one tends to find on the fly via search engine. I don't imagine people donate to a site they only visit occasionally, or only for a single how-to article... Of course, the scope of my experience in blogging is moderate, to say the least. Maybe I just need to learn more about gathering a loyal audience with my writing. That said, I don't feel my writing is the main problem (of course it could improve). I really just think an 'all over the place' tech blog is just something that, while it could generate enough traffic to make at least some ad revenue, it probably isn't something that would attract a following of passionate users willing to support it via donations. I could be wrong.

Does anyone operate a combination of the two? Ads and donations. How do you handle that tastefully and respectfully? I would imagine donating would get you access to a site with no ads, if possible (it would need a user system or some method to verify who has donated, of course). But I kind of feel like incentivising donations blurs lines a little.

Anyhoo, I'd just like to hear what you all have to say on the subject(s)! I appreciate anything anyone has to share! The bottom line is that I'll blog whether I make any money or not. After talking with you all, who knows, maybe I wont monetize at all, or just go with donations regardless of effectiveness.I do find marketing and advertising to be a despicable industry in general, but I also believe it can have utility in the right scenario, and I want to believe it can be done properly - I'm just not sure exactly how to do it properly yet.

I do want the ability to generate some revenue for some things I create, such as my blog, but I'm certainly not one to try to monetize everything - in fact quite the contrary! If you've been on my Friendica node you may know that one of the promises I make to the users is to never use the site, or their sign-up/profile information (such as email addresses), for market purposes of any sort; the node comes with no hidden agendas or ulterior motives. I can only hope to prove my sincerity and dedication to that ideal over time, as users sign up and see what the experience is. That said, my blog is NOT the same creature by any means. It's a service I provide because I hope to make money by providing something of value - so far I've failed at that. However, as I gear up to give it another go, this time I intend to do things more intelligently and more consciously.


 
I hadn't visited their site in quite some time... so long, in fact, that I had forgot it existed to be quite honest... :\

That said, I'm happy to have rediscovered The Center for Humane Technology while tidying up my bookmarks! Their site does have some great info, and while I know this isn't exactly news to many of you, it is definitely worth sharing things like this to keep these topics active, and the discussions happening often!

This sort of info really needs to circulate on the proprietary networks, as most of us who use #distributed / #federated networks are all too aware of this stuff - but if you have access to FB, Twitter and the like, then please share things like this on there!


 
♲ vascorsd (vascorsd@mastodon.social):
MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) - https://joinmobilizon.org/en/
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@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO #Federated #FederatedAlternatives


 
MobiliZon: the new Framasoft project designed to create platforms for managing communities and events (libre alternative to Meetups and Facebook groups) - https://joinmobilizon.org/en/


@Gruppo Linux Como @LIFO #Federated #FederatedAlternatives


 

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i'm still very #newhere and so far i like very much what i see. #diaspora and #federated social media in general might be the answer we have been waiting for; similar to email, where long ago users could communicate only with others subscribed to the same provider.

until now diaspora's user base has been relatively small, keeping it under the radar of trolls and professionsal #spam outfits, as well as government agencies. here is an interesting post from G+ which has me worried:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LaurenWeinstein/posts/QFKdAnwLavp

i recently found the official diaspora forum where this topic also raises concern:

https://discourse.diasporafoundation.org/t/what-are-podmins-doing-about-spam-accounts/1390

as users we will have to be vigilant and report abuse to the #podmins -- not everything we don't like or disagree with of course, but activity that can harm the platform by making it uninhabitable or worse, providing fodder to lawyers looking for legally actionable material.

that won't be enough though. i agree with those in the above quoted forum thread who say that more and better management facility for podmins is required to deal with the problem when it becomes pronounced. i'm afraid if is not in question as with increasing users the hyenas of the internet will come to feast.


 
i'm still very #newhere and so far i like very much what i see. #diaspora and #federated social media in general might be the answer we have been waiting for; similar to email, where long ago users could communicate only with others subscribed to the same provider.

until now diaspora's user base has been relatively small, keeping it under the radar of trolls and professionsal #spam outfits, as well as government agencies. here is an interesting post from G+ which has me worried:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LaurenWeinstein/posts/QFKdAnwLavp

i recently found the official diaspora forum where this topic also raises concern:

https://discourse.diasporafoundation.org/t/what-are-podmins-doing-about-spam-accounts/1390

as users we will have to be vigilant and report abuse to the #podmins -- not everything we don't like or disagree with of course, but activity that can harm the platform by making it uninhabitable or worse, providing fodder to lawyers looking for legally actionable material.

that won't be enough though. i agree with those in the above quoted forum thread who say that more and better management facility for podmins is required to deal with the problem when it becomes pronounced. i'm afraid if is not in question as with increasing users the hyenas of the internet will come to feast.


 
#decentralized , #distributed and #federated platforms are the solution to the problem that we now face with #YouTube .

I hope this epic outage will give a boost to the federated social web, also known as the #fediverse :-)

https://fediverse.party/


 
- #Mastodon and the #challenges of #abuse in a #federated #system



This post will probably only make sense to those deeply involved in Mastodon and the fediverse. So if that’s not your thing, or you’re not interested in issues of social media and safety online, you may want to skip this post.
https://nolanlawson.com/2018/08/31/mastodon-and-the-challenges-of-abuse-in-a-federated-system/


 
Immagine/fotoJason Robinson 🐍🍻 escreveu a seguinte publicação Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:34:05 -0300

\#Japan to add millions of new nodes to #federated #Nextcloud network – Nextcloud


https://nextcloud.com/blog/japan-to-add-millions-of-new-nodes-to-federated-nextcloud-network/

Nextcloud on ? !Free / Libre Open Source Softwares


 
Immagine/fotoJason Robinson 🐍🍻 escreveu a seguinte publicação Sat, 01 Sep 2018 15:34:05 -0300

\#Japan to add millions of new nodes to #federated #Nextcloud network – Nextcloud


https://nextcloud.com/blog/japan-to-add-millions-of-new-nodes-to-federated-nextcloud-network/

Nextcloud on ? !Free / Libre Open Source Softwares


 

Hello federation, my name is Feneas


Hey we set up this association dedicated to #federated networks 🎉

https://feneas.org/hello-federation/

#feneas #federation #decentralization #nonprofit


 
- #Japan to add #millions of new #nodes to #federated #Nextcloud #network
Nextcloud, Waffle Computer and NEC Platforms to bring federated file exchange and collaboration to millions of new users in Japan
https://nextcloud.com/blog/japan-to-add-millions-of-new-nodes-to-federated-nextcloud-network/


 

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft unite: Data Transfer Project promises portability between services


https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/07/21/google-facebook-twitter-microsoft-unite-data-transfer-project-promises-portability-services/

#Google, #Facebook, #Twitter & #Microsoft, as a result of #GDPR, launch their #OpenSource #DataTransferProject to let you port your data among them.

But don't be fooled. Even if this becomes functional one day, it would still not change the fact that each one of them is a walled garden with #proprietary #centralized platforms fighting to become hegemonic in order to mine your private data.

Light years away from #FreeSoftware, #federated, open standard platforms.


 
Hello mastodon, I'm new here (but not on the federation) and interested in #freesoftware, #federated services, #debian, #sewing clothes and other #crafts


 

Do you trust it?



Got a software or service of dubious origin that you're not sure you can trust? Quick checklist:
  • If you can't see the code, you can't trust it.
  • If you can't host it, you can't trust it.
In short, go #freesoftware, go #P2P, go #decentralized or go home!

#federation #federated #saass #saas #services


 
#decentralized #federated #social #facebook #alternatives #Diaspora


 
#decentralized #federated #social #facebook #alternatives #Diaspora


 
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Making a Good Start on Diaspora



This post is especially for people who are #newhere. I'm writing it because it seems like a lot of people create accounts, send out a nice Hi I'm new post (hopefully “Public” and not “All Aspects”), and then quietly disappear because it seems like there's nobody home because there's very little in their Stream (like a “news feed”) that interests them. #Diaspora gets off to a slow start, and it's probably easy to mistake the leanness of your Stream for “nobody's home.”

I hope to explain why it seems so quiet in here at first, why that is actually a good thing, and then suggest some ways to get off to a good start and bring you lots of great stuff to read, share, and talk about with new friends.

Hello? Is Anybody Hommmmmme?



You're new and ready to explore, but your Stream is almost empty and some of the posts on the subjects you #tagged in your #profile are months or years old! Your first thought: “Oh my, there's nobody else around that shares my interests!”

If you came here from #Facebook or some other social network that is #centralized it's probably easy to think so, because the information from every account on those other networks is stored on one big giant central hub, so everyone has access to everyone else, instantly. While that probably makes connecting with friends and people with shared interests really fast, it also offers no privacy and publishes whatever you say to everyone in the whole universe. I'm not going to repeat all the reasons why Diaspora is better than Facebook. You already know that, and that's why you're here! But if you were accustomed to a centralized network, this #federated network might feel disappointing at first. Diaspora is not centralized, so we don't have instant access to every other person and group on Diaspora. Whatever shows up at first in our Stream is only what is stored on your #pod. Newer pods have to “become aware” of content on other pods, and #tags are not federated except in your profile.

How Your Profile Matters



By adding #tags to your profile, other pods “become aware” of your interest in them, and then include that stuff in what it shares with your pod. Right now you can only use five tags in your profile. But after some of that content arrives you can follow those tags and then put new tags in your profile to bring in even more stuff. The only problem with that, is that changing your profile just to bring more content to your pod changes what people see when they look at your profile. I like my profile the way it is, and I don't necessarily want to make every subject that interests me made public. When you look me up, I may not want everyone to know that I'm interested in #ballet. Maybe that's not something I want directly in my profile. So how do I bring flying elephant stuff to my Stream since putting #ballet in the Search field brings up nothing? I've discovered that it's better to add Aspects than to just follow tags. Follow people instead of subjects. You can even create a “group” of sorts just for people who share one particular interest, by making a new Aspect category. For example if there's something I want to share only with other #teenagers, I have a category called “teenz” and have put my teenaged aspects in that category, and I can direct a post only to “teenz.”

Connect to People, not Tags



Some podmins have created “dummy accounts” on their pods that exist only to bring content to their pods. And users who write a lot about “general topics” have offered their Diaspora addresses publicly on the diaspora forum so people can “follow” them and find their stuff in their Stream. There are folks who you can add if you want more content about #privacy, and I offer mine to help us #teens and #tweens find one another. For example, before I added Aspects, a search of #comics in the Search field turned up nothing. But a week or so after following some people my age, that same search brought in a whole page full of posts about comics! That's the secret!

A Slow Start is Better



Because we don't get “targeted advertising” from people who pay Mister Zuckerburg for the right to intrude upon our news feed, we Diaspora users have to search for content that interests us instead of having some money-motivated jerk buy his way into our news feed, or “suggest” stuff that we might be interested in. It's actually better that way, even though it takes a bit longer. Think of it this way: You choose everything you see, on your own instead of having it handed to you by people who are either in it for advertising money or people who “collect friends” like trophies instead of friends. We're all about #freedom here. Freedom carries responsibility with it. When I take responsibility for my own content, I am truly free. And like anything really worth having, it takes a little time and effort on my part. But it's better than giving up my freedom by handing over my content choices to a bunch of strangers. Enjoy the freedom! Welcome to Diaspora!


 
Immagine/foto

Making a Good Start on Diaspora



This post is especially for people who are #newhere. I'm writing it because it seems like a lot of people create accounts, send out a nice Hi I'm new post (hopefully “Public” and not “All Aspects”), and then quietly disappear because it seems like there's nobody home because there's very little in their Stream (like a “news feed”) that interests them. #Diaspora gets off to a slow start, and it's probably easy to mistake the leanness of your Stream for “nobody's home.”

I hope to explain why it seems so quiet in here at first, why that is actually a good thing, and then suggest some ways to get off to a good start and bring you lots of great stuff to read, share, and talk about with new friends.

Hello? Is Anybody Hommmmmme?



You're new and ready to explore, but your Stream is almost empty and some of the posts on the subjects you #tagged in your #profile are months or years old! Your first thought: “Oh my, there's nobody else around that shares my interests!”

If you came here from #Facebook or some other social network that is #centralized it's probably easy to think so, because the information from every account on those other networks is stored on one big giant central hub, so everyone has access to everyone else, instantly. While that probably makes connecting with friends and people with shared interests really fast, it also offers no privacy and publishes whatever you say to everyone in the whole universe. I'm not going to repeat all the reasons why Diaspora is better than Facebook. You already know that, and that's why you're here! But if you were accustomed to a centralized network, this #federated network might feel disappointing at first. Diaspora is not centralized, so we don't have instant access to every other person and group on Diaspora. Whatever shows up at first in our Stream is only what is stored on your #pod. Newer pods have to “become aware” of content on other pods, and #tags are not federated except in your profile.

How Your Profile Matters



By adding #tags to your profile, other pods “become aware” of your interest in them, and then include that stuff in what it shares with your pod. Right now you can only use five tags in your profile. But after some of that content arrives you can follow those tags and then put new tags in your profile to bring in even more stuff. The only problem with that, is that changing your profile just to bring more content to your pod changes what people see when they look at your profile. I like my profile the way it is, and I don't necessarily want to make every subject that interests me made public. When you look me up, I may not want everyone to know that I'm interested in #ballet. Maybe that's not something I want directly in my profile. So how do I bring flying elephant stuff to my Stream since putting #ballet in the Search field brings up nothing? I've discovered that it's better to add Aspects than to just follow tags. Follow people instead of subjects. You can even create a “group” of sorts just for people who share one particular interest, by making a new Aspect category. For example if there's something I want to share only with other #teenagers, I have a category called “teenz” and have put my teenaged aspects in that category, and I can direct a post only to “teenz.”

Connect to People, not Tags



Some podmins have created “dummy accounts” on their pods that exist only to bring content to their pods. And users who write a lot about “general topics” have offered their Diaspora addresses publicly on the diaspora forum so people can “follow” them and find their stuff in their Stream. There are folks who you can add if you want more content about #privacy, and I offer mine to help us #teens and #tweens find one another. For example, before I added Aspects, a search of #comics in the Search field turned up nothing. But a week or so after following some people my age, that same search brought in a whole page full of posts about comics! That's the secret!

A Slow Start is Better



Because we don't get “targeted advertising” from people who pay Mister Zuckerburg for the right to intrude upon our news feed, we Diaspora users have to search for content that interests us instead of having some money-motivated jerk buy his way into our news feed, or “suggest” stuff that we might be interested in. It's actually better that way, even though it takes a bit longer. Think of it this way: You choose everything you see, on your own instead of having it handed to you by people who are either in it for advertising money or people who “collect friends” like trophies instead of friends. We're all about #freedom here. Freedom carries responsibility with it. When I take responsibility for my own content, I am truly free. And like anything really worth having, it takes a little time and effort on my part. But it's better than giving up my freedom by handing over my content choices to a bunch of strangers. Enjoy the freedom! Welcome to Diaspora!


 
I'm a self service kind of person, so I've really wanted to not make a #newhere post, but here it is. I've been poking around trying to find hashtags to follow specifically for the sole reason I'm even here for, with little luck, and no success. So I'm hoping some more well connected diasporans can get me pointed in the right direction.

I recently found myself in a terrible emotional state in regard to #facebook; most of my colleagues, friends, and family are regular Facebook users, while I have always done my best to avoid it. Partially because of my distrust of large corporations holding a large market share of anything and partially because I don't really feel comfortable sharing my private life with the entire world. I found that simply avoiding it had stopped being effective when I realized a few things that simply must change.
  • My SO spends more time with Facebook than with me, even when we're in the same room.
  • My SO knows more about what's going on with my family than I.
  • I was not being included in activities with my friends as they rely increasingly on Facebook for communication.
  • My avoidance of Facebook has alienated me from my own, real-world, friends and family.
  • There is nothing I can do about it.
That night I spent a lot of time trying to debunk my fears and assuage my concerns. Facebook surely couldn't be as bad as I thought, right? You probably already know the answer to that since you're here, and this isn't a post to describe those issues, but I had no idea how bad it really was. My despair evolved into anger and that anger grew into motivation. Facebook is a threat to my privacy, my safety, and my liberty. And while I had never given them permission to violate my privacy by way registering an account with them, my friends had unwittingly volunteered such information on my behalf. Even worse, I have children who aren't yet old enough to understand the implications of submitting to surveillance, yet by posting news updates about them, my SO has already made that choice for them. The audacity of this scares the shit out of me and all I can really say is #fuckfacebook.

Finding that tools like #diaspora and #friendica exist, and therefore affirm that there are like minded people, helped me to overcome my feelings of helplessness, and helped me to see not only that there is something I can do about the situation, but that I must do that something. What that something is still isn't clear to me, but I have some vague ideas. I talked to my SO, who has since uninstalled the Facebook apps and deleted the account. I expected more of a fight, but our talk gives me hope for the conversations I must have with my family and friends.

I expect when I have those talks, I will need an alternative to offer. Quite frankly, neither diaspora nor friendica are legitimate alternatives. I can't simply say "switch to diaspora" because the things they get from Facebook aren't here. Their existing network of friends aren't here and there's features Facebook offers that diaspora doesn't. I'm going to have to go into those conversations without any kind of #facebook2diaspora support, and I'll have to take a very RMS stance on how I expect them to behave with regard to communicating about and with me. This makes me sad.

The point of all my blabbering here is that I've found it hard to find anyone to connect with about encouraging people to switch to a #federated social platform, any kind of steering committee in which to argue about what such a campaign should look like, or any meaningful way to advocate for features (I can't into Ruby, and yes I know about Loomio, but c'mon, seriously? Create yet another account or sign on with another social networking provider? wtf. Ok, I might use github, but I found that login screen offensive). If you know of other hashtags and/or people I should follow on these topics, let me know.

tl;dr can has halp getting my friends to leave the facebooks?


 
I'm a self service kind of person, so I've really wanted to not make a #newhere post, but here it is. I've been poking around trying to find hashtags to follow specifically for the sole reason I'm even here for, with little luck, and no success. So I'm hoping some more well connected diasporans can get me pointed in the right direction.

I recently found myself in a terrible emotional state in regard to #facebook; most of my colleagues, friends, and family are regular Facebook users, while I have always done my best to avoid it. Partially because of my distrust of large corporations holding a large market share of anything and partially because I don't really feel comfortable sharing my private life with the entire world. I found that simply avoiding it had stopped being effective when I realized a few things that simply must change.
  • My SO spends more time with Facebook than with me, even when we're in the same room.
  • My SO knows more about what's going on with my family than I.
  • I was not being included in activities with my friends as they rely increasingly on Facebook for communication.
  • My avoidance of Facebook has alienated me from my own, real-world, friends and family.
  • There is nothing I can do about it.
That night I spent a lot of time trying to debunk my fears and assuage my concerns. Facebook surely couldn't be as bad as I thought, right? You probably already know the answer to that since you're here, and this isn't a post to describe those issues, but I had no idea how bad it really was. My despair evolved into anger and that anger grew into motivation. Facebook is a threat to my privacy, my safety, and my liberty. And while I had never given them permission to violate my privacy by way registering an account with them, my friends had unwittingly volunteered such information on my behalf. Even worse, I have children who aren't yet old enough to understand the implications of submitting to surveillance, yet by posting news updates about them, my SO has already made that choice for them. The audacity of this scares the shit out of me and all I can really say is #fuckfacebook.

Finding that tools like #diaspora and #friendica exist, and therefore affirm that there are like minded people, helped me to overcome my feelings of helplessness, and helped me to see not only that there is something I can do about the situation, but that I must do that something. What that something is still isn't clear to me, but I have some vague ideas. I talked to my SO, who has since uninstalled the Facebook apps and deleted the account. I expected more of a fight, but our talk gives me hope for the conversations I must have with my family and friends.

I expect when I have those talks, I will need an alternative to offer. Quite frankly, neither diaspora nor friendica are legitimate alternatives. I can't simply say "switch to diaspora" because the things they get from Facebook aren't here. Their existing network of friends aren't here and there's features Facebook offers that diaspora doesn't. I'm going to have to go into those conversations without any kind of #facebook2diaspora support, and I'll have to take a very RMS stance on how I expect them to behave with regard to communicating about and with me. This makes me sad.

The point of all my blabbering here is that I've found it hard to find anyone to connect with about encouraging people to switch to a #federated social platform, any kind of steering committee in which to argue about what such a campaign should look like, or any meaningful way to advocate for features (I can't into Ruby, and yes I know about Loomio, but c'mon, seriously? Create yet another account or sign on with another social networking provider? wtf. Ok, I might use github, but I found that login screen offensive). If you know of other hashtags and/or people I should follow on these topics, let me know.

tl;dr can has halp getting my friends to leave the facebooks?


 
PS: High time for a free and #federated alternative, right? Maybe something based on vCard4 Over XMPP or #xmpp User Profile.

We are working hard on a XMPP set of tools with everything needed to build this kind of thing, and looking very much for helping hands!

https://salut-a-toi.org/