After spending about $200k in ads to promote this site, Facebook abruptly terminated our entire ad account without recourse. While we could try to setup a new account, it is likely that they will ban it again.
We're thinking to change our promotion strategy and give money directly to people who are getting demonetized on any social network platform. As you know, mainstream (social) media is fighting a war against anyone who says true yet controversial things - such as the social justice movement has gone too far.
Our plan is to simply pay them for advertising this site (or our new skin at slug.com ... live but still in development).
The challenge for us is how to get in contact with mission-aligned people who are still on these platforms but are routinely getting their posts and videos demonetized.
Everyone here has a FB story to tell. I mean EVERY IDW MEMBER. IDW exists primarily because of the Free Speech issue at FB. My FB experience is so insignificant that sharing it would take more time than it's worth. It was, literally,
"about the WEATHER." And, as the rest of you, I saw the writing on the wall.
Now, what to do...
It's important to remember how FB and YouTube became successes. They mastered their landscapes through ease of access. You could post anything and you could view anything---in the beginning. And they made it oh-so-easy. As I see it, this will be IDW's challenge. Points are interesting. Coins are interesting. Barriers to ENTRY(the FB Behemoth) are very, VERY interesting. But what is going to be most interesting is how this site adapts. I promise you that it will not survive as a meaningful force if it is simply a refuge for the disenfranchised. Unlike a straight platform, this place brought in content to serve as a leaping off point for the types of exchanges it hopes to promote. All good. But, as the saying goes, "The Track runs on $2 bets." You need the $2 bets.
As I see it, the absolute first thing this site needs to do is promote itself as a Free Speech platform, and it needs to do it in a way that grabs the least of us. Your participants will have to include the feeblest if it is to promote the highest. FB is not going to do that for you, so take that off the table.
Your tiered approach is a nod in the right direction, but its emphasis is going to scare away the in-laws who just want to share a picture of their cats. Yes, the cats matter. The cats can be included without forfeiting content. Right now, you're a fledgling business with "good earnings" and "small revenues," so to speak. Your broader audience-to-be is comprised of the tech savvy and the tech luddite. In other words, putting Content aside for a moment, IDW's audience is everyone. What does "everyone" want and how do you reach out to them?
You figure that out, you solve the puzzle.
It's feeling more and more like home. I'm just trying to figure out where the kitchen and the bathroom are. Capisce? T
I’m not surprised. I just had my Facebook account suspended for posting that Tommy Robinson won an award from the Free Press Society, for being a defender of free speech. My free speech was taken away because I posted that he got an award for defending free speech. The irony blows me away. I took a screen shot of facebook telling me I was first given a warning and then my being suspended (ya I posted again after the warning lol), which included my post and PMed all my liberal friends...... it’s been a good red pill day.
IDW, welcome to the shunned Facebook refugees. Many of us Facebook diasporas have resettled to IDW, and find the freedom refreshing.
I do have a quirky idea on a possible reaction for the IDW towards Facebooks harsh slap in the face. Beat Facebook. Become Facebook. Well, not exactly. But create a IDW-chat in Facebooks image. A place for family and friends to gather and do the borrrrriiiing exchange of pictures, vacations, their boats and latest adventures. God I hate Facebook. However with one exception; Freedom of Speech. If people want to post their internet memes, wordy pictures, polls, share if you love President Trump’s wife, and other guilt inducing share requests.. (I think I responded to this one).
Of course freedom is not license to threaten, break state or federal laws, hate speech as defined by the law, maybe extreme obscenity etc. The etc. is where most social media host fall in the famed rabbit hole. I might humbly suggest use the free speech limitation the print media must use. Without the added political agenda stuff.
Yes, as the saying distorted goes; if you can’t join them beat them. That’s my inspired suggestion of the day. Or you can just ignore them.
I’m not an intellectual, elite, wealthy or powerful. I’m just an old soldier, with an abundance of free time, thank you Uncle. But Social Media Freedom has ignited the best and worst of me. Thus I say, with a smile, and eccentricity. ‘Facebook I’m Coming For You’. I’m nonviolent nowadays, so my weapons are the iPad, Google, and the Blog. The term Freedom of Speech has been greatly expanded, and an awesome paradigm shift is about to fall on Big Mother. Jim Kirk-Wiggins January 30, 2020. Liberipress.com
Would you believe....I NEVER got banned from facebook ? Bouaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha.
OK So we are an underground movement..Let's embrace it...
Make it mysterious and daring to be here...irresistible...Like Thanos... we are inevitable...
Facebook is a horrible company. Please beat them. Beat them by not being like them. Make a firm commitment to actual free speech (so far that commitment has not been made on this platform) and people will invest more in this platform when they know it won't turn out to be more of the same.
Ok I’m new to this form. I have been put in FB jail a few time and it’s really getting annoying. Judging by the comments on here I should fit right in. Shouldn’t take me long to figure this site out and I’m looking forward to the journey. Can someone tell me what the levels mean ?
Get some youtuber to mention this site in their videos. Dave rubin..(huhuh ?) Joe Rogan, Tim pool,
Pew die pie...Geeks and Gamers Mark Dice...
What ever...Who ever still have reach to viewers and are demonetized...They hurt for a bit of doe... and some shared views. Why not embrace that ?
Facebook's algorithm is a nightmare for ad creation . My hat and jewelry shop was banned from advertising for over a year, because the AI detected red, white, and blue in an ad for 4 pairs of glass floral earrings and determined that it was a political advertisement. Crazy.
I will post the referral link on my nonbusiness page again. Unfortunately, my Facebook friends are so steeped in gaining followers that they don't understand a platform where connections are made in topic groups.
I think Facebook has gone power mad. I have had a dozen or so post and two blog links in the past 7 days censored and blocked. My entire blog link is blocked. I have posted two blog post on Facebooks attack on me. My blog is liberipress.com the two specific links are:
You can read my post or to be pithy we must stand against Social Media censorship. Social media is the new public square, our freedom of speech is being attacked.
That's funny, just the other day I found out about this page Facebook has where you can view the other sites that share activity with them. [facebook.com] IDW.community was one of them. I promptly cleared my activity and delinked future activity from my account. Funny that they have no gratitude for you letting them track us on here!
Facebook have become to powerful ..Hearing situations like yours ..It really tells me to delete the platform and move on ..I’m a retired individual who doesn’t need it ..Most of it is just rubbish..It proves that so many have absolutely no common sense ..It become a platform to obviously exploit 90 percent of worlds idiots or(sheep)
Not surprised to hear such coming from Farcebook, and last week the group Republican Atheists also got banned without warning. I'm still actively recruiting others to this site and promoting IDW.Community on my Minds channel. Not really sure what to tell you here, this censorship business on the more well known social media platforms is really getting out of control. It might be best for the members on here to promote this site on alternative platforms (such as Minds) in an effort to get the word out more and increase the membership on this site. I'll let you know if I think of anything else.
Yes. This is your new ad. I thought you guys would know stuff like this. Being banned like that is better and more effective to promote the site than any hopeful ROI spent on FB ads.
Get some of the voices that you put up front and center, like Jordan Peterson, to announce this and watch the flood of new subs.
The only question you should be asking yourselves is: Can you handle it? Parler could not handle it. The bandwidth/infrastructure I mean.