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Eugen@gargron · Developer, Zeon Federated
Hey, since a lot of people are mentioning user discovery - I've shared this project on Hacker News as something I am currently working on and not necessarily something that is finished. The project is very far ahead for the time I've been working on it (just a bit longer than a month) but user discovery and on-boarding UX is a big deal that is still on my to-do list. For the time being the substitute is asking me or scouting places like other GNU social instances for users to follow. If you make an account and feel lost because you don't know who to follow, enter Gargron into the bottom form in the sidebar (that's me). Generally that's where you'd follow people if you know them only by their username and instance (e.g. somebody with an account on a different instance could be clacke@quitter.se)
Mark Holland@partialmark · Developer
@gargron this needs to be at the top. Love that this is being built but obviously been hunted prematurely.
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Bent Stamnes@gloom303 · Real-time Graphics Enthusiast
Just a personal observation on the choice of demo video: Tweetdeck is obviously for Twitter power users, and while this ability to multi-stream is important for them, it has the potential to come across as really messy and convoluted for the masses. Since mass adoption is needed for any kind of traction, I would definitely take a look at crafting a different message when reaching out to them. Those three timelines, scrolling up and down, with no explanation of what we're looking at probably scares more people away than attract them. But hey, that's just my initial reaction :)
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@bentossell · Community Lead, Product Hunt
@gloom303 good point! My main use of twitter is only through Tweetdeck so I thought nothing of it. But I am not the majority
David West@dwest_jr · CEO, Proscia
@gloom303 Well said. Put another way, I don't read things in parallel. Most humans don't. Tweetdeck is designed as a dashboard, not a content consumption experience the way Twitter is.
Ryan@ryanamurphy · Ryan Murphy
I mean... how do you even begin to find people? Do we need to talk about UX?
Brendan Baldwin@brendan_baldwin · software_engineer
@ryanamurphy Agreed. The new user experience here is a total fail.
James Morgan@morgano · Founder, RiskMap
@ryanamurphy feels like they jumped the gun to get the product out the door. Without being able to find people or see what others are posted it's pretty bleak and I can't see it attracting your average joe. Great concept, poorly executed in its current iteration.
Vibhas Goyal@vibhas77 · Student Developer
@ryanamurphy Yup! Where are the people?
Ryan Marr@ryanmarr · Product Manager, N49.com
How cool would it have been if everyone who had signed up via product hunt had joined the same channel and we were having this conversation there? Instead, I literally see nothing. I would have clicked publish on a prewritten message that said "I just signed up to mastodon and found it on #producthunt". Product Hunt tag would have given me a place to see all the other hunters who just signed up.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
This reminds me of Diaspora which made headlines in 2010. As Craigslist has proven, it's incredibly difficult to directly compete with those that have strong network effects (not that Twitter is nearly as awful as Craigslist). Curious to hear your thoughts, @gargron!
Chris Messina@chrismessina · 🏆 PH Community Member of the Year!
@rrhoover I think this is more like app.net or status.net.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
@chrismessina ahh, yes! Good comparison. cc @daltonc
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@gargron · Developer, Zeon Federated
@rrhoover As another commenter has mentioned this is using the same protocols (and thus network) as StatusNet (which is nowadays called GNU social). Haven't personally verified it as I know nobody who uses Diaspora but I heard that they're sort of compatible with it too.
Whitney Trujillo@whitneytrujillo · CEO, Enlist Moms
I'm getting an Ello vibe from this one.