I received this link from the Flourishing Enterprise community animator about stuff that Roger McNamee encountered on FB (and that may have been a precursor to the humane tech initiative): How to fix Facebook - Before it fixes us
Just like many other articles these days it describes how social media can become ‘weaponised’ and used by all kinds of interest groups for nefarious purposes. I won’t go into detail… because you know all about this
But if this is true, and a weapon is lying in wait for anyone to use, this also means that it can be turned around Let me explain…
Before I got the idea for my non-profit startup - which I am currently working on - I was thinking of doing a hobby project and create a - rather simple - social network for the amplification of positive news. My frustration was that in the (social) media negative news, stuff that appeals to our gut, tends to be amplified and has more news value, and therefore more commercial value.
There are so many positive developments in our world that get drowned out by negative stories.
So the idea of this app was to have people select positive news stories as they come across them, pass them on to the app, then have these undergo a small review process (some other users verify if the content is really suited for sharing), and - if approved - spread the article to the whole user base. Then each user of the app in turn could use their own social media accounts to share, retweet, like and upvote these articles.
My feeling was, if this app was free, and was transparent in how it worked and why it was needed, it could become quite popular and really give a boost - and more attention - to positivity
Furthermore - when adding a small reputation system to the app - as a user you could allow positive news articles from trusted members to be automatically shared/liked through your own accounts, and thus allowing you to become a ‘bearer of good news’ without having to spend any time on it whatsoever (except some initial profile settings on what you do/do not allow automatically, and maybe set filters to the kind of good news that you would like to amplify, etc.)
There are many experts on this community already that know much more about the intrinsics of large social networks, behavioural design, etc. and I would love to hear your opinions on this idea…