It was great participating in today’s Safe Chat. It was basically about marketing, which is an interesting thing to be considering as we move inexorably (if also excruciatingly) toward launching the network.
Here is what’s clear to me after the Chat:
– We don’t have a functioning network yet so, while we can name a number of categories of people who might/should/could be reached out to (e.g., users, developers, investors, etc.), it’s hard to know at this moment just how/what to tell them to get their interest/participation. A part of this is that figuring who would be best to target could influence the earliest form of the launch.
– The scope of what the network is intended to address and how it does it is so vast, and fundamentally different in structure, that it can be hard to make comparisons to what people are familiar with and bring an awareness of why they should be interested, especially when they can’t lay hands on it right now.
– When the network is ready, the user experience will need to be rather simple and intuitive so that approaching it is not itself a barrier that would give incentive to users to just stay in the familiar, if unsecure/unprivate, status quo.
– Thinking of those who are really onboard with Safe, it’s those who somehow or another got a glimpse of the vision, and that’s what has carried us along (patiently or not) to see that it’s done right and achieves its full potential.
– For many years @dirvine brought the project forward, necessarily getting really adept at sharing the vision. No doubt for years he often spent as much–or much more–time sharing the vision, and some of the underlying principles, than he did actually doing the technical work. He was able to build a team and community that are now onboard and allowing the project to move forward at speed, with him now freer to be deep in the code and conceptualization.
– Whether staff or community, we are not David and can’t hope to emulate him, but we are aboard because of that vision, that potentiality, more than anything. We believe, and have evidence that our hopes will be fulfilled.
– While it’s good to be able to describe some technical aspects, in order to grow the community we need to share the broader vision, one way or another, rather than trying to simply show how it will be marginally better than the familiar.
So it boils down to this: Sparking participation and support by inspiration.
Great!! How do we do that?! We’re not David Irvine. And as much as we love him, most would rather just be ourselves. ; )
Well, I have some ideas to knock around in Part 2.
Any of this strike a chord with anybody else?