I’m very excited to announce that WikiTribune is moving to an all-new software platform that I’ve designed and that we have built from scratch – abandoning WordPress for our own custom platform.
The new design incorporates everything that I’ve learned over the past couple of years about what works and what doesn’t in terms of an open collaborative news platform and everything I’ve learned about the ever shifting news landscape and what is broken about it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the biggest problem driving low quality media is that it has been purely advertising supported, and that the social networks which provide so much distribution are also purely advertising supported. Facebook and twitter and other social networks make money based on how long you stay on their site looking at and clicking on advertising.
The new Wikitribune is a completely unique and slightly crazy idea: a collaboratively editable social networking new platform. As before we will have no advertising and no paywall. (There is a short waiting list to join the new site to help us with scaling up, but you can skip the waiting list if you invite people or if you become a paying supporter.)
The new domain name is designed to reflect that shift: WT Social.
Instead of optimizing our algorithm to addict you and keep you clicking, we will only make money if you voluntarily choose to support us – which means that our goal is not clicks but actually being meaningful to your life.
In order to succeed, we have created a new invitation model – a “circle of friends” invite. When you sign up, you can invite your friends as a group and they will all automatically be friended to each other! So you can help us best by helping to recruit as many people as possible to the platform. If we grow from 400 users today (you’re in on the ground floor!) to 400 million, we will have revolutionized the Internet and shown a better and more healthy way to share information.