A letter to my facebook friends. Would you switch to another platform if it paid you for your content?
Aren't you sick of being royally effed everyday?
It seems that everyone is sick of social media platforms owning them.
But at the same time there is a sense of apathy about what to do.
Imagine if you were paid a couple of cents or even dollars for the time you spend using facebook.
Or if your LIKE button rewarded someone else for their content?
By now you have decided I'm bonkers or trying to scam you, but hear me out.
It is time to start valuing your time, your content, ideas and PRIVATE INFORMATION.
Don't you think you should at least get some kind of compensation or commission for your contribution to the online community that you are an integral part of?
Yes it does sound like a crazy pipe dream.
That is because we have been groomed to be subservient and grateful to be continually fucked over at every turn.
Most people were aware that their content once uploaded to facebook was no longer their property.
But we just tick the terms and conditions box like a lemming with Stockholm syndrome and say thank you.
We are aware of the fact that we are taking one from Mr Zuckerberg everytime we check in or scroll around, but we are accustomed to getting screwed by The Man.
All aspects of our lives reflect this culture. We are disempower and almost comfortable with it. We tell ourselves, What can we do about it anyway, nothing...
Meanwhile our lives, images, opinions and time, is taken by the fat cats who now own your content to enhance their own wallets.
You are working when using these platforms and raising revenue for someone else.
Facebook was a cool first step towards connecting people. Thanks FB.
But it is becoming more apparent that this era is at an end.
It is time to stop just accepting that you are owned by The Man, and start valuing the time you spend on line.
Your ideas and opinions have value.
Facebook know how valuable the information they gather from you is. At the very least don't you think your privacy should be valued and respected?
Imagine if you had a wallet attached to your account that slowly accumulated cryto cash just for using the site?? What?!
It's true. This is already happening!
A lot of people are already doing this on blockchains such as Steemit.
I've had a steemit account for 2 years.
I share a photo of my day and a little write up and "likes" are equivalent to cash reward, and my engagement is reflected in a figure that depicts my reputation.
Blockchains decentralise the content across multiple servers, which can be established by any user.
Steemit is a combination of social media and blogging.
It utilises crypto currency to reward engagement.
This is real currency that can be traded or converted to old school dollars 😊.
It is floated on the market, so the value of your wallet does fluctuates.
But hey, my facebook account value is zero. Once factoring in the loss of privacy and sale of my content, not to mention time spent without reward, one could argue it is in the negative.
Today I signed up for a new network. ONO.
ONO is launching it's international app on 25th of June.
"Based on blockchain development in ONO, all data is owned by users. The source of all revenue is the user’s attention. (Founder) Ke Xu believes that there is no need for centralized management such as Facebook and Twitter, and she also thinks it’s not necessary for a few people to decide what hundreds of millions of users should do or see."
Extract from ONO international launch.Ono
It looks like an interesting one to watch, and be a part of.
Ke Xu herself appears to be quite the visionary. An incredible young woman, who is already seen great successes.
Find your people, connect and share your ideas, and be rewarded for it.
I've seen amazing things happen.
Start ups, community support, collaborative work, creative connections, online education, philanthropy.
Some people have had incredible financial success, but it is not all about that.
It is about a new playing field in which geographical boarders don't determine someone's worth. In fact those individuals in developing nations can potentially change their circumstances considerably by utilising these post payment platforms.
Everyone has something to contribute to a decentralised online community.
They are not utopias either I will admit that, it is not without it's issues.
We are always going to be people, and people will always dazzle and disappoint in equal measures.
But I do believe decentralised systems and crypto is the way forward. It has already happened.
I have used the word rewarded. It is not the right term. Payment is not about a consolation prize. It's about being appropriately and deservingly recognised, appreciated as a part of the block chain of contributors.
Get on board the steemit train or
Check out ONO's international registration.
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