Facebook Still Largest Platform - Can Newly Launched "Open-Source-Like-Facebook" be an Alternative?
According Wearesocial's statistics Facebook is still one of the largest social media platforms. Then there are others with almost 40% less users (such as China's QQ). Last week a new kid arrived on the block. Minds announced its launch for a beta version and had already 60 million visitors before launch on Monday. There are big hopes for an "open-source-like Facebook" that is more transparent but the current dominance by Facebook might not make it easy for Minds to take over. Against all doubts, there are good reasons why Minds should be take seriously.
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According to True Activist Minds.com has already earned some attention of people in the privacy advocacy space. The platform allows encrypted private messaging among users. With this mindset, Minds could already gain great support by Anonymous, a global loosely associated international network of activist and hackers.
Facebook's Experiment: The Enigmatic Newsfeed Algorithm
Last year, the Guardian reported on the how Facebook had experimented and studied how their newsfeed algorithm could affect users emotions. Minds core idea is to avoid such examples by giving users full control of their content sharing potential. When the user engages there is an immediate reward to it too. Users can earn points via their activities including commenting, reminding (the equivalent to a Re-tweets i guess), swiping and uploading, according to the website.
While Minds may be an answer to Facebook’s enigmatic algorithm concept which manipulates user newsfeeds for some time now, the goal is to collaborate with the open source developer community around the world to give them who care about an open and transparent social web the chance to leverage the potential of an open and privacy-concern-free social platform. The idea is to let those people to check the programming code for concerns and to help them to propose and implement better solutions immediately.
As an open-source social networking platform Minds is also platform agnostic and available for iOS, Android and available on browsers of course.