First… kill all the algorithms.



Big tech algorithms can’t be “tweaked” or monitored by humans… instead just ban them.

Ken’s Take:

A variant is for the user to be able to select their algorithm, and to have that algorithm provided in an open marketplace by non-platform players. My algorithm would be chronological + family + these friends + “major” things from people I know + local news – anything political – anything else. And if I ask for it, show it to me. No censoring.

Ultimately, though, a platform is the problem. Once network effect levels are reached the temptation to abuse it overwhelms those driven by quarterly profit reports.

I’ve achieved network effect in a niche called “practical shooting”. Most of practical shooting uses a set of tools and a website that my team created and maintains. We are regularly asked to abuse this position in various ways by businesses, sports, and even regular people. That we don’t isn’t necessarily a testament to us, but more that we do this as a side-gig and it isn’t financially critical to us. If it covers its expenses, I’m happy.

If my wealth was tied to it, or the wealth of my investors, then I might not be able to resist.

The nut of it is that “network effect” = needs to be regulated if on a national or global scale. Everybody needs a boss and, right now, Facebook, Google, and Amazon do not have an effective one.

Breaking up their monopolies might not follow the traditional path of an AT&T or Standard Oil breakup – instead consider breaking up the core danger… their algorithms.


2 replies on “First… kill all the algorithms.”

I am guessing blockchain based social platforms will come into vogue. I believe Flote, a new platform, is somewhat decentralized in the server aspect.

Flote is one of them. I’ve started to think of social media as more of a commodity and not something platforms or users should try and monetize (the path to the dark side!). Flote, and a number of others, are trying crypto-currency/blockchain approaches. One downside of this is no editing. I like editing. (-:

My preferred approach, which I’m trying to get the gumption to write, is a model more like BitTorrent. Your social media is on your computer, distributed (seeded) around to other people as widely or narrowly as there is interest. There are no “fees”. Algorithm providers (readers) provide ways to consume social media, as you prefer. I may write this. What I’d prefer is if one of the big companies not winning this game currently (Apple, Microsoft, Amazon) would write it in open source and just kill off the whole “you are the product” genre.