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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.
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.
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Tumblr has decided to ban all NSFW content from its network. Although we understand the reasons why…
Article word count: 705
HN Discussion: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18601515
Posted by edhelas (karma: 370)
Post stats: Points: 119 - Comments: 104 - 2018-12-04T17:28:09Z
\#HackerNews #alternative #federated #movim #open-source #tumblr
Tumblr has decided to ban all NSFW content from its network. Although we understand the reasons why this decision has been made, itʼs a strong reminder that handling your content - NSFW or not - from a centralized and private platform can always lead to such censorship.
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Movim has been built to prevent this kind of restriction. Hereʼs a few reasons why.
Movim is a Free Software
Movim has been and will always be a Free Software. This provides you with the freedom to adapt it, redistribute it and use it in any way you would like to. You are then free to add new features, change some behaviors or customize as you wish, for yourself or your community.
Movim is based on an Open Standard : XMPP
All the content that you are publishing on Movim: articles, private messages or chatroom messages, pictures… are published using your #XMPP account that is separate from Movim itself (like your emails are separated from your email client).
The XMPP Logo
The XMPP standard is the official IETF Instant Messaging solution and is used accross the world by millions of people daily. Since 2008 Movim is pushing social features on top of it to provide to everyone a simple and modern way of publishing content, subscribing and reacting to it.
Movim is then just a way to access your content on the XMPP network (like your browser is accessing content on the Web). If you donʼt like Movim, you are also free to use one of the many other solutions to access your content and communicate with others… while keeping the same account!
Movim is easy to deploy
Movim is lightweight (only a few megabytes) and can be deployed on any server. We are providing a Docker image, a Debian package or a simple installation tutorial if you want to deploy it yourself.
The project only relies on widely used technologies like PHP, HTML5 and is fully compatible with MySQL, PostgreSQL and SQLite.
One instance can handle several hundreds of simultaneous sessions in real time.
We are also providing apps for Windows, macOS, Linux and Android that can easily be used for your own personnalized instance.
You can then build your own instance in a few clicks and host your own content while still being connected and explore the rest of the network.
Movim provides similar features to Tumblrʼs
Like Tumblr, it is possible to publish content in a few clicks, write articles (like this one), attach pictures or files. You can publish content on your own profile but also in Communities where you can collaborate with others and create a stream of articles around a topic and bring followers in.
It is possible to apply CSS stylesheets to fully customize your public blog.
It is also possible to share a content that you found on your own account, but also like and comment other peopleʼs content!
You can easily #tag content by putting #hashtags in your article or title. The other users will then be able to discover it while browsing tags on their own instance.
Movim has NSFW features built in. If you publish NSFW content, just add the nsfw tag and Movim will filter the content for the users who chose not to view it from their account. A spoiler overlay is also added in your news feed to prevent explicit content to be displayed on your screen while scrolling.
… but also provides more than Tumblr!
All the content published on Movim is broadcasted to your subscribers in real time! You will also be notified instantly for the likes and comments on your publications. A simple toggle will also allow you to publish your articles privately (restrict the publication to your subscribers) or publicly (share with the whole network).
Movim also provides a full, and modern Instant Messaging system, with chatrooms, message edition, stickers, video-conferencing and many more features… In a few clicks youʼll be able to invite contacts and chat with them!
Movim is available on all the devices. Its fully responsive and the real-time UI allows you to access your content from your phone, tablet or computer and keep everything in sync.
So what are you waiting for? Come and try it!
If you have any concerns, questions, remarks or critics on the project, feel free to come to our official chatroom: email@example.com and drop us a message.
Thatʼs all folks!
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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:
i recently found the official diaspora forum where this topic also raises concern:
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.
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.
Nextcloud on ? !Free / Libre Open Source Softwares
Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft unite: Data Transfer Project promises portability between 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.
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.
#federation #federated #saass #saas #services
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!
(Seems also to be actively maintained.)
#secushare #psyc #gnunet #youbroketheinternet #p2p #peer2peer #peertopeer #distributed #decentralized #federated #federation #network #SocialMedia #RetroShare #twister #tribler #tox #cjdns #cryptocat #signal #bitmessage #briar #ricochet #pond #mumble #pgp #otr #xmpp #irc #tor #i2p #dht #prism #faceboogle