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Minds Reviews

One of my favourite alternative to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook

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During spring 2017 I played with a social networking product called Minds.com. For those not familiar with Minds, it is an increasingly popular free product similar to Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. The following is my personal review of Minds.

I love Minds ?. Minds is my third favourite alternative to Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook. There are a few challenges with Minds. But it is definitely still my third favourite. My first and second favourite social networking products are diaspora at https://diasporafoundation.org and or Friendica at https://friendi.ca I'll write another blog about those.

For this review below I'll focus on Minds at https://www.minds.com

Strengths with Minds
• Free
• Code is owned and supported by a friendly community. Not owned by a corporation like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube ;) So Minds is more like to be a People-Servant, instead of a Money-Servant.
• Its source code is available publicly for reviews and contributions
• For now Minds is centralized and not federated. But in the future it might be. My instinct tells me that in the future, the decentralized format is likely to be the most popular format. Again, Minds is my third favourite social networking. My first and second favourite social networking products are diaspora at https://diasporafoundation.org and or Friendica at https://friendi.ca I'll write another blog about those.
• Really free speech with Minds. Zero censorship. One of the co-founder Bill Ottman is a freedom of information activist.
• Blogs, Channel, Groups, Videos
• More secure because Minds software code is publicly available for review and contribution at https://www.minds.org
• Monetizing options. Such as monthly support which allow users to financially support you monthly to see your monetized posts. Such as Blog posts or almost any other types of posts can be monetized by clicking the dollar icon in the status field before posting. Another option to monetize is the Ad Sharing program. Users can use real money to buy you Minds points.
• For all monetizing options, users can pay you using cash, Bitcoin, credit cards, using Swipe.com services. Bitcoin is my favourite.
• Earn Minds points or exchange money for shares with other users. It's peer-to-peer advertising.
• Global hacktivist collective "Anonymous" showed initial support for Minds
• The Blogs editor includes lots of features. For creating a Blog post Minds is easier and has more advanced feature than Facebook, Twitter, or Youtube.
• After you posted your comments you can still edit them. That is joy right there. Twitter is not able to do that.
• Free support at https://www.minds.com/groups/profile/100000000000000681/activity

Learn more about Minds
• Video introduction at https://www.minds.com/newsfeed/701890394673127437
• More tutorials at https://www.minds.com/groups/profile/701885430655623180/activity
• Wikipedia page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minds

Challenges with Minds "Channel"
• The Minds "Channel" is like the Facebook "Wall" or Diaspora* "Wall", or like your profile page with other tools. All content you post to your Minds Channel is public. If needed there is an handy "Mature" option. To blur those content for under age users. For the viewing permissions Facebook and Diaspora* are able to do more fined-grained permissions per user or per group of users. Put if you need all your Channel content to be public than Minds Channel is great.
• Because all your content on your Channel is public that means any users is able to view and interact with your Channel content, vote up or down or comment. You are able to block other users from interacting with you. But you need to block them one by one. That might be challenging and time consuming if your need to block a large number of users. I found the Facebook and Diaspora* block method is much easier, you review for your approval your friend invite requests. After that if you approved, only your Facebook friends are able to view your Facebook "Wall" or Diaspora* "Wall". In other words, on your Minds Channel if you need to keep some content private from specific users you can not do that yet. As the permissions are not yet fine-grained per user.

Challenges with Minds "Block"
• When you block another Minds users, using the Block feature located on their Channel page, it stops them from interacting with you, and they can not comment on your content. But it does not prevent those blocked users from viewing your Channel public content, or voting up or down your content. But you can not see their votes.

Challenges with Minds "Groups"
• Minds "Groups" are similar to Facebook "Groups" or Diaspora* "Groups". If you create a Minds Group. Anyone is able to join your Group. The Group administrator(s) is called "Admin"(s). Unfortunately the Group Admin(s) are not yet able to review for approval the requests to join that Group.
• The risk is that your Minds Group could easily become overrun by robot spammer, or users with immature behaviors such as trolls. For example they could post large amount of inappropriate content to monetize or bully other members.
• The Group Admin(s) are able to either block or permanently block those immature users. But you need to do that one by one, so that might be challenging and time consuming with large amount of immature users.
• Minds Group might be a good match if you enjoy letting your Group members be self-organized with filtering in or out other members. Speaking for myself, as Group Admin, I suggested to my Group members if they feel offended by another member, to express that to the other member. He/She might or not choose to take into consideration their feelings and potentially adapt her/his behaviors accordingly when appropriate. But if healthy two-way communications failed and the Group member still feel offended by the other member, I suggested for them to consider blocking that other member. As a result the other member would no longer be able to interact with them.

Challenges with Minds network
• As you know Minds software is available in either decentralized or centralized options. Meaning its source code is available publicly for reviews and contributions. But is Minds software presently able to be both distributed and federated? I searched but I have not yet found a clear answer to that question. My instinct tells me the future is with those two combined network methods. Read more about the definition of distributed and federated networks at:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distributed_social_network
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federation_ (information_technology)

Conclusion
• Thanks to Minds code being community-owned, instead of corporate-owned, and Minds culture that encourages full and real freedom of speech, I feel that my public content is well protected from censorship interference. For this I love Minds way better than Facebook, Twitter, YouTube with their increasing censorship. I noticed that people have expressed an increasing need for community-owned software. So my instinct tells me that on the long term Minds's strategy is potentially a winning one. To the expense of corporate-owned software. By "community-owned" I mean that Minds software code is Free and Open Source.

• For publishing my public content I prefer to post first to Minds. Instead of Facebook, Tweeter, YouTube. After I posted my public content to Minds, I'm able to quickly and easily to share it or re-post it to Facebook, Tweeter, YouTube, or other tools. There are many ways to use Minds. For example if I need to promote a public product digital brand. Minds is best. Including both personal or business public digital brand.

• For publishing my private content Minds is not yet my favourite. Maybe later when the viewing permissions are more fined-grained with various privacy settings. Such as Public, Friends, Friends except, Only me, Custom. For now I prefer posting my private content to diaspora https://diasporafoundation.org and or Friendica at https://friendi.ca
Both are able to do various privacy settings.

• Of course my personal review is based on my personal needs. To each their own needs. So what I love with Minds or found challenging is likely to be different for you. I believe that diversity is a strength.

Enjoy Minds :)

Francois


Disclaimer: After I wrote this review, I financially invested in Minds


Are you facing a challenge with censorship on Facebook, YouTube, or Twitter? You might be interested in the censorship-free and community-owned code with Minds at https://www.minds.com/register;referrer=Francewhoa

Are you facing a challenge with censorship on Minds.com? You might be interested in the censorship-free and community-owned code, and really decentralized social media with diaspora at https://diasporafoundation.org and or Friendica at https://friendi.ca
Both diaspora* and Friendica are really fully free from interference by investors.

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Thank you François! :-)

even with your bias being financially invested, this is a really good, honest review. Thank you for that.


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Seconds after opening an account, instead of what I expected would be an empty « wall », I see a « Bosstfeed » section immediately spamming, among the usual harmless social media gifs and stuff, Republican propaganda, anti-vaxxer pseudoscience, 9/11 conspiracy theories and what not.

Some people seem to praise the absence of obscure Facebook-like promotion algorithms, but there's a much simpler one: you can pay for exposure with cryptocurrencies.
So basically, you're going to see a lot of stuff people with money want you to see.
And the « Bosstfeed » thing can only be disabled by purchasing a premium account.

Also, it's technically open source since at least part of the code can be found on Github, but I don't see a lot of alternative instances to the official minds.com…

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At this point I'm starting to think a true free speech website wouldn't need to advertise as such, because every "free-speech" platform seem to abandon that when they realize they can get away with it. Minds is no different. Like Gab, but even before Gab, this website censors art that they don't like, making it no different from Twitter or Facebook aside from the group they are targeting: Conservatives.

That said if you are a conservative, you will feel at home, assuming you don't care about true free-speech so long as it accepts your speech. If you're as "free-speech absolutist" as the likes of Count Dankula or Sargon, then you will fit in on this site. However if you believe in true free-speech (as defined by the US constitution not just English interpretation of it) then you may not like this website.

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It's a great alternative to most social networks and YouTube too !!

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Definitely "the" alternative to Facebook.

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No censorship, good community, secure, groups, points system to boost what you want people to see, alerts system, and other things I haven't explored yet.

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Introducing a series of new and impressive features but without the basic part: export / backup data.

Processing time for posting photos / video clips is too slow and often has to be redone. The quality of the compressed media is too low - does not conform to most modern standards.

You cannot delete group members and cannot leave / delete groups when there is someone other than you. Unpleasant logic serves a purpose - a need.

When creating multiple groups, it is difficult to observe and select the area you want because there is no support slider. The only way is zoom out the browser screen to see hidden places.

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It has a good GUI, and very interesting features. But the confusing content policies, and the difficulty to engage in actual discussions (or just find other users with the same interests) forces me to not recommend this site.

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Clean UI, and useful built in features. Boost-feed can be a little annoying... but overall a solid and functional platform.

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Great social media alternative, but minds should better their UI design and not following space-eating-content-post-design like what facebook/twitter do, compact is good.

My biggest problem

  • Can't login/post something even with dns-over-https enabled | but if you use vpn its good to go, but once you login in you can read everything inside but no write.
  • Call for help, still no follow up
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It's a blackhole of nazis and conspiracy cranks. Stay away from here!

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I loved the idea of Minds being ad-free, decentralised, open source and privacy-focused, but unfortunately, I do not fit well with the standards that the users of Minds expect, because the most of Minds users are not what you imagine. You will find it dangerous and scary to expose yourself in the middle of very brutal, crazy, dangerous, savage and weird users that you will discover. Therefore, I will look for another similar alternative to Minds, but absent of those types of users.

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Much better than FaceBook.

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Awesome community, and totally protects your privacy and freedom of speech. Only weak-minded cucks still use FaceBook.

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"Because all your content on your Channel is public that means any users is able to view and interact with your Channel content, vote up or down or comment".
" On your Minds Channel if you need to keep some content private from specific users you can not do that yet. As the permissions are not yet fine-grained per user".
"When you block another Minds users, it does not prevent those blocked users from viewing your Channel public content, or voting up or down your content. But you can not see their votes".
Considering the above, I'm not sure how you see it as being "private".
Definitely wish they would add more layers of privacy such as being able to keep your wall private and only available to those whom you've friended.
Currently there is no privacy on what you post. Everyone is able to view it.