Today I read that Facebook and Instagram now have the option to hide the number of likes under the posts. That way they wanted to reduce the pressure and anxiety caused by the "popularity" factor, which @Spook also mentioned as one of the platform's features.
Does it mean a new problem is approaching - close competition?
Well, if I understood correctly, the biographical social network would definitely not rely on people's opinions and this doesn't change anything. Although this seems revolutionary for Facebook and Instagram users, it doesn't change anything for Facebook. They will still track what you like and comment on and offer you personalized posts/stories/reels and ads. So, the experience will stay personalized and we will still be targeting a different type of user engagement. One step forward for Facebook, but the storm is still not in @Spook's county!
But that got me thinking.
It's necessary to be one step ahead and think like the platform is already here.
So, you can sign up, edit your name and surname, personal information, and then you start adding events.
You slowly add many events like education, jobs, courses, summer schools, projects, congresses, concerts, festivals, trips, visits, etc.
Then you think of the stories connected to these events and add them to some of the events.
People confirm attendance at your events and suggest more.
More and more events start to appear and you find a bunch of friends.
Then you find some old buddies you haven't seen in a long time and message them. You share stories and add more events and more people. It happens in loops.
You meet a girl you like and check her profile. You scroll down filter, and search for an event - possible conversation subjects. Then you apply for a job and the other people do the same thing with your profile.
From the basic principle of the platform, I would maybe say that the trickiest thing would be to keep a person on board at the beginning, while it's still not so fun. Therefore, a good guide is needed when you sign up! It could be a set of balloons or the game-like unlocking of the possibilities by finishing easy tasks/reaching milestones. The focus should be on the biographical segment of the platform.
The next thing could be the privacy issue. It's maybe important to highlight that you can choose the type/amount of your private information to be visible. Maybe allowing certain people who share a higher number of events with you to see more could be a nice strategy. Certain events could be scored higher than the others (if you went to college with someone, it means much more than if you went to a festival). But it should be also customizable.
The other thing that could become the problem would be the validity of the information. To ensure that all the info is correct, I would require a mobile phone verification or anything that could reduce the chance of fake profiles. Also, to ensure the event is legit, there should be validated for each event. It could be proof that the event happened (ticket, receipt, Facebook event), or the confirmation from at least 2 more people that the event took place.
When you build your profile and are happy with your profile/CV, then the focus should change to the social segment.
PS Sorry for the long text, I am just very excited about this and would like to share my flow of thoughts.
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