And what about getting rid of Facebook?
Of course, Facebook is also one of those corporate tools that everyone wants to get rid of. Here's a proposal how that could be achieved, and I think it could be worth a try during our next two big projects in the next few years.
It starts from the observation that, for the intellectually minded people in the Edgeryders crowd, Facebook still serves these functions:
A medium of contact with friends and acquaintances. That's covered by Facebook Messenger mostly, and we don't aim to replace that. Messenger is still bad, but at least separate enough from the rest of Facebook that we can get rid of the rest. (People who want to get rid of the Facebook website can empty their feed there by unfollowing every single person while keeping the account, and then keep using messenger.com and / or the Messenger app.)
A curated feed of articles and news. Newspapers had this function of curation before, until Facebook's feed algorithm made everyone take on that role for their friends (without payment). And worse, a lot of newspapers now serve either bad content (clickbait) instead of journalism or they hide behind a paywall, or even do both (like many German ones). That means newspapers cannot serve an interesting curated selection of information to intellectually minded people, who will often rather rely on an eclectic mix of articles from around the web, curated by their Facebook friends, or maybe by their sub-reddit.
That second function is what we could replace with the Edgeryders platform, and as an effect increase the amount of time people spend around here by a large amount. It could work as follows:
We would employ 1-2 content curators (let's say, from Nepal ), potentially paid with project money for community management or engagement. They take 2-4 hours each per day to curate a feed of content in a dedicated category here on Edgeryders. Since Edgeryders is (in a weird way) a homogenous community, the same kind of feed will be interesting for everyone here. It has to be a lot, though. Probably ≥100 links per day, so people can easily spend an hour per day to go through the articles they find interesting from it. For the presentation format, we'd chose something like that of our current company blog. So each link would have a proper preview in the feed, and users also have the option to visit the Discourse topic in order to comment / discuss with others about that link.
The content curators will need some external input, of course. But if 10 here on Edgeryders would support the scheme by forwarding interesting links and tips to the curators, we could get it started. And finally make Edgeryders a place to hang out as well, not just to work …
I know that @johncoate likes to post interesting links to Campfire quite often. This would be similar, just more of that so that it can feed people their daily dose of interesting information …