In the wake of the US Presidential election result, grumpy Donald was displeased and went crazy on social media. The deposed POTUS used all his platforms to chat shit regularly and after numerous warnings from Twitter and other social media outlets, he was suspended from his account.
Naturally, there's been a lot of outrage by his people and while a number of other prominent Trump people have been also banned from Twitter, the majority were left on the centralised social media to spread the word and boy have they been doing a good job. Say what you want about centralised authority but you have to give respect where it's due and Jacky boy is doing a pretty damn good job in keeping the kids busy.
You scroll through Twitter and all you see are people talking about it. In fact, it was such a big deal that the phrase "Trump Ban" trended worldwide for a while yesterday. I know they'll say it is the algorithm or whatever, but it is kinda gangsta when you think about it; they banned one of the most powerful men in the World and then trended the topic, officially making it clearer who has bigger balls, if you were ever in doubt.
Now the next question is will people actually learn? My gut says no, considering how Youtube "crypto influencers" have been pussyfooting about it and prefer going back to their slave masters every time but theirs will come in due time. In the main time, I think that building a platform where people can share short content is the future. I'm aware that Leo was already working on something similar so let's say I'm just throwing in my two cents to some features that I think will make it better.
Focus on People
It should be about the people there, as much as it is about showing the awesome tech. Keep it simple and fun, but at the same time, up to date. Most people don't care about all that crypto talk, so they should first feel comfortable with the tech before you go hard on them.
It's money but not about money
If Twitter has thought us anything, it is that people are more interested in the engagement than money. We've been screaming "make money with your content" for a long time and they're not moved. Just make a place where people can come and post things without feeling the pressure of earning.
Now we can't remove earnings from Hive activities, so to cater for that part, I think the best way would be to make tweets and activities on the app to be Json activities on the chain. Then just like ecency do theirs, you can say people accumulate points from their activities and then get rewarded. However, you have to make sure it isn't solely based on the rewards, to ensure there are more interaction and increased organicness.
No more automation
Finally, and culling from the last point of Json activities(like Splinterlands and other game activities), we have to cut out all those auto votes that come in. In traditional Hive front-end, auto votes exist because people want to automatically support authors and whatnot but on this microblogging platform, we have to make a transparent/what you see is what you get type situation.
I think we should all start afresh and the feeds should be completely different from whatever we see on other front-ends on Hive. It should be a level playing field for everyone to grow their audience from scratch. This way, when new people come around, they won't have to feel left out from the pre-existing clicks that are already there, as in the case with hive.
Also, putting money in the backburner will ensure that we focus on the features that will produce a quality product for people. I believe that if our plan is to compete with Twitter, then we'll have to go harder than we've ever done. We also need to do something different. and go beyond "blog for money". We already have many blog for money options out there, now we need something that will drive real engagement and traffic, enough of all the bot shit.