“Happy” social networks

Inspired by my recent micro.blog experience, some thoughts on the right way to have social networks without all the depression and unhappiness that are endemic to them today.


  • Disallow “likes”
  • Disallow retweets, reblogs, etc.
  • Disable “follower counts”


  • Allow following, but keep it private. I should not be able to see who you follow, and vice versa.
  • No “comment threads”, only “replies”.


  • Dis-incentivize bots by disallowing mass free accounts. Have a fee either to sign up, or to post more than X posts, or to reply more than Y times.

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