Frustrated and Inspired By Yours
There's a lot to like about Yours. There's a lot to dislike about Yours.
From my first two days here, here are my current impressions, in the order that I think of them:
What I like:
Facebook does not do hyperlinking and the result is ugly. Hyperlinking enables wiki-like writing, which I prefer.
2. Embedding, although glitchy.
But easily fixed by taking the link out and trying to put it in again. But still. Why.
3. Timeless editing.
On steemit you can edit for a few days, and then when a payout goes, the post is locked. Forever. And you can't delete the post. ACK! On here, I'd be able to edit a post I'd made 2 days ago, 3 months ago, and probably 7 years ago. And I can delete any post I wish to. Wahoo! What would be nice would be to see whether a post has been edited, and the editing details (if the author wanted to share them). That is the core of my idea in regard to Turn Your Social Media Into A Book; given that these posts are public, and that any number of changes can happen that would drastically change the format, my focus here would be less on my own personal drama (though I'll be trying to post here instead of Facebook), and more on creating my initial book content, and editing the begeebers out of it to create a coherent, integrated whole, with hopefully something of a linear output, rather than too much of a Wikipedia trailing of thoughts.
4. No cost to posting, no time limit to posting.
This in itself, in combination with streaming of other features that are basic to Facebook, such as privacy settings and replying to comments, would make Yours a hearty contender.
5. Linkability to specific comments.
I can choose a comment I want to link to, and I can link to it on my post or comment. LOVE!
What I don't like:
1. No comment replies.
This was talked about on my post here. This is an untapped source of HUGE revenue and social interaction. It's bizarre that it isn't already a feature on here. Bar none, this is an absolute necessity for this place.
2. Title requirement.
It's not a huge deal, and perhaps that isn't the focus of this place, but sometimes I just want to write a status and not put a title on it. But maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree.
3. No app.
I'm with my phone a lot more than I'm with my laptop. In addition, most of the time I can't even access the site via the less standard way - the browser on my phone, making it impossible to go on here unless I'm on a computer that isn't mobile.
4. Being notified of my own comments.
It's really obnoxious to see a notification, get all excited, and then realize that it was just me, making a comment on my own content. I mean, what gives? I think this could easily be solved for, though :)
5. No place to hub my links or content.
Facebook doesn't do this especially well either, and it's been an ongoing frustration for me to find a social network that allows me a biospace to hyperlink my thoughts and writings that I use on an ongoing basis.
6. It's all public.
Granted, it's deletable, as compared with steemit, but there are a lot to be gained in various different ways from having the ability to make private posts, or to frame it differently, from making private posts free, and public posts paid. Or, in addition, to make private posts that are shared among friends, free, and public posts seen by everyone, paid. I don't like the thought of public posts costing, but if that's what would be economically valuable and viable, so be it.
There are other little things that I wonder about that aren't really likes or dislikes, but wonderings, ponderings, and befuddlements. Like why THOSE categories?
What about Poetry? Philosophy? Blogging? What happens when more categories are included and it starts getting messy? This looks like a HUGE long-term problem that needs a different fix. How could the topics be DECENTRALIZED and CUSTOMIZED per every person's need? Certainly, there could be some general ones that apply to everything, but this is a problem that isn't going to go away.
I think it needs to be solved differently. I don't have a solution right now. I'm just so confused that THIS solution is what is thought of to be appropriate and long-lasting. It looks like it will break within a year, principally due to adoption of the platform. It WILL change, if you don't want people confused as hell because of using the wrong category. It just make no sense whatsoever.
One thing that could be done is making sub-categories on each page, although that could get messy, too. Ultimately, I just want to point out the need for alternative thinking here, because I've seen this kind of format used by other sites, and I hate it with a vehemence.
One of the things fb does right is the complete exclusion of such categories altogether. While I don't think that's a proper conclusion for this place, I do think some new thinking in regard to categories and topics is needed, one that will account for the long-term needs that will inevitably occur as this site gains traction. Adding more categories will make this site claustrophobic, and adding subcategories will eventually make it bloated.
I don't know what's needed, but it's not this current set-up.
2. Customized default purchase price?
It would be great to be able to set the default purchase price for content. It's annoying that most of the time there's no extra content, but you see a price of 10 cents. Or to have the default be set to $0 if there's no content behind the paywall.
... Huh. Well I guess that's all for now.