Advertising became the default business model on the web, its entire economic foundation, because it was the easiest model for a web startup to implement, and the easiest to market to investors.

Very few sites make any real money from advertising. Most startups use advertising in a different way. Their revenue source is "investor storytime".

Most online ads aren’t worth very much. Of course, that's a feature not a bug...


@J12t collectively emergent from the campaign and the larger milieu, I'd say.

"? Doing It For Ourselves on !"

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@gorenflo Nice. An article I read on Shareable got me into the movement in the first place. Thank you!

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@LeoSammallahti anything cool in space that I might not be aware of? :)

Some called is claiming to be the "First People-Owned Company". Which is strange, since I seem to be writing this toot on the instance, but I might be hallucinating.

If you want to help drag their @$$es on , RT this thread:

pick a lord pay some taxes

ye ok w/e

if you want real (sustainable) freedom choose #platformcoop and pay for your social instance like a grownup (and participate in the decision making process!)

@Steve @platformcoop I would say a could be a , but is not inherently one. For instance, it could be a consumer (data hosting where customers want a strong sense of control) or a producer coop like ...

.@Gin hence why a should work in this space.

I would pay 12$ a year, not to be tracked and have my data sold to advertisers.

My name is Luke, a long-time observer of social movements, protests and participatory democracy. As a web software guy I have worked in a wide variety of fields but always personally interested in the ways the open web supports bottom-up collective intelligence and is a platform for local decision making for global needs.

Currently precipitating thoughts around ideas as translated to the federated web.

@h interesting - he pretty much left that particular talk at diagnosis + vague admonitions for the movement to be more political...

@ajr I suggest you look at the nascent movement. We need to build the next platforms in a decentralised fashion.

Both the tech and the ownership.

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I've just ponied up and become a paying user of .io oasis. I just wish it were a !