|Mutiny social platform|
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Copyright © 2013 by Zack Smith.
About MutinyMutiny is my social platform project that I intended as an answer to Google+, Twitter, VK, Facebook, and similar services. I ended up adding other features to it like project management, blogging and microblogging.
GoalsThe original goals were:
TrustWhy do social networks violate their own users' trust?
Before the Edward Snowden revelations, Silicon Valley was assumed to be acting solely out of greed and cynicism. So when, for example, Google scanned your emails for keywords, it was argued, they were doing it to improve ad relevance, and anyway you agreed to it in the fine print that you never read. This is what passes for ethics at Internet companies.
However thanks to Snowden's superior understanding of ethics, we now know that the US government
was paying the big tech companies millions of dollars to
install spying capabilities, perhaps resulting in the funnelling of large amounts of
users' personal data directly into the spooks' overheated servers.
Thus the lauded
It now seems like a no-brainer that the reason the
What does social networking really do for people?Scientific researchers have been looking at what Facebook does for people and what it doesn't do. A coherent image is beginning to form.
In England, Dr. Sam Roberts found that Facebook does not win you new friends, nor does it improve your existing relationships.
In Australia, researchers Ryan and Xenos determined that narcissistic, exhibitionist, and extrovert personalities are drawn to Facebook.
Researchers Kirschner and Karpinski, located in the Netherlands and the USA respectively, found that Facebook users
who are students have lower GPAs and study less.
This correlation between poor academic performance and studying habits on the one hand and Facebook use
on the other was confirmed in a larger study by Junco, in the USA.
Boston researchers Nadkarni and Hoffman found that the need to belong and the need for exhibitionism drive Facebook use.
In the UK, a survey by Anxiety UK found that 51% of social media users
felt bad about themselves after using such websites.
Why else is social networking bad?You don't have to be a scientist to uncover some truths about the perils of social networking. You just have to observe and think, as these people have:
Project statusFor now I have paused development on Mutiny and if/when I continue with it, it will be somewhat different.
In the end, many people have a need (practical or not) for self-expression and self-presentation.