We recently Launched a new feature we are calling "Conversations" in the latest version of the app on the app store.
We thought long and hard about how we would do this, and while this is the first of an entire arc of iterations, we wanted to put it out and gather feedback.
Like with every new feature we consider, there are two or Two immutable lens through which we look.
The first is the lens we call "social addiction". Most if not all successful features on existing social media platforms are explicitly design to "addict" you - so that more ads can be shown. Passive personalization on TikTok - showing you more of what you engage with dynamically, Likes on Instagram - The pursuit of recognition in place of inner peace, Friends, comments and such on Facebook....again a fake popularity contest designed to hook you to the platform. None, and we mean none - in our view - have any lasting value to any of you. The instant endorphin hit from the like has zero real meaning. But you are coerced in to think that your digital "influence" or popularity went up. Well done! You're addicted to a massive digital nothingness.
The second lens we refer to as "master-slave". I know - a terrible name with massive debt but then we think that this lens purpose is to avoid our past transgressions and genocides. You see real conversations don't have a "Conk". William golding invented this in "lord of the flies" as a metaphor for the following construct:
Civilization Vs. Savagery
"The central concern of Lord of the Flies is the conflict between two competing impulses that exist within all human beings: the instinct to live by rules, act peacefully, follow moral commands, and value the good of the group against the instinct to gratify one’s immediate desires, act violently to obtain supremacy over others, and enforce one’s will."
Conversations are interactions, not hierarchies. We don't need moderators or super admins - Zuckerberg invented this stuff to assuage his own social insecurities. Whats more neighbors are....neighbors.....not friends. It's different. Community conversations are open, civil, constructive, supportive and ephemeral. The digital version should be just the same.
So we needed to build something that did not addict or enslave you. Our take on group discussions is the result. Conversations is open - anyone can join one or read or leave. Conversations are anchored to your community interests (either location or subject matter), And finally they encapsulate a cohort of features similar to our content creation features.
Go ahead and create one!