It's refreshing to read an analysis of the social media landscape that has an eye towards the future rather than a myopic obsession with the status quo.
"Slow media" sounds interesting. I'm wondering though, how hard would it be to find moderators and curators in enough volume to handle the data they will be subject to. Wikipedia, open-source, etc. shows what volunteers can do, but will there be enough volunteers to make this possible?
Definitely an open and interesting question. I think we'll need to build new tools to aid in both moderation and curation. I can only speak for Readup but we're hoping that the restricting of commenting to only users who have read an article will help automate moderation and we're currently working on improving and open-sourcing the Discover trending algorithm in order to incentivize our crowdsourced curation.
Yup. And an aside to everything Jeff just said: The ideal (if the goal is to make conversations online feel as much like IRL conversations as possible) would be zero moderators/curators. I can’t think of any other platforms like Readup that are 100% moderator/curator-free. We’ll see how long we can stay that way!
Wow, ReadUp is right on track. Slow media and rules that limit undesirable outcomes (committing to really reading) might be the only way out of this worm hole.. Seems to me that ReadUp is creating the community of the future. An algorithm for liberation.
The world is asking for Readup!
Gonna be AOTD! :)