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mk  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Ask Hubski: How did you end up on Hubski?

Hi throwaway.

In its current state, the primary difference from between HN and Reddit is the content curation model. There aren't shared feeds on Hubski, so posts don't compete with each other for eyeballs. You do need to follow a few people to really experience Hubski in action. The way that posts propogate across Hubski is by sharing and resharing. If I share a post, it appears in the feeds of my followers, if they share it, it goes to their followers, etc...

There are other differences, but I think the significance of these other differences largely depends on the individual user.

As for future goals, I see Hubski as much as a publishing/blogging platform as I do an aggregator. There are a few hubskiers here that have developed a distinctive voice through the what they post and share. This is something that I have an eye towards for future development. This is also something a bit difficult to foster on HN and Reddit. In fact, based on our subscription model of content curation (and also the ability to ignore), we don't mind if users treat Hubski as an outlet for their own content. Users can follow it if they want, or not.

I hope that helps. Other users here might offer a perspective more valuable to you. Since I work on Hubski, it's a bit tough for me to separate intent from experience.

BTW, if you surround a user's name with @'s it will send an alert to them. Our markup is mostly based on bookending the text with a symbol.

steve  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Hubski keeps me coming back for a number of reasons.

1 - learn stuff 2 - discuss stuff 3 - share stuff 4 - share my own stuff

1 - there are some smart people on here that I DON'T agree with. So their intelligently submitted material expands my brain and helps inform my opinions and decisions. I can't be one of the bobble heads who just glues himself to fox noise or slate.com just because they regurgitate the things I already believe

2 - similar to the point above - All of the different points of view here round me out. Ground me. They reduce the amount of "us and them" speak in my mind and in conversation. That may sound a little utopian or something, but it's true.

3 - I don't live near many of my closest friends. Hubski is a great way to metaphorically elbow the guy next to me and say "check this out". And through sharing stuff, I have made some new friends online. It's far more social than I expected it to be, and that's delightful.

4 - Shoot... it's basically what mk said. It is a great platform to share stuff. i have written short stories, shared short films, pictures, and art of my own creation. It's a great place to get good, hard, honest feedback without the false praise, and more importantly, without the mindless trolling.

5 - I forgot about the donuts... I'm still waiting on those donuts.

welcome throwaway. Who knows, you might dream up an entirely new use for hubski...

speeding_snail  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Donuts? But mk talked about cupcakes. Whoever promised you these things seems to be lying...

Anyway, throwaway, you might want to consider getting a normal account, but beware. There are no donuts, nor are there any cupcakes (there might be pie tough).

steve  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  


all of this donut, pie, cupcake talk gives me a rumbly in my tumbly

speeding_snail  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Snoep gezond, eet een appel

Meaning "take a healthy snack, eat an apple". I hope you like apples.

throwaway  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks, mk. That was very helpful.

thenewgreen  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I have been using hubski as a "publishing/blogging" platform #tngpodcast as well as a place to share and consume content. It's a unique place in that it allows anonymity and familiarity. For example, I've never met steve, but I feel as though I have because I follow him and we have had a number of really great discussions here on various topics.

My favorite function is badges. The "hubwheel" in the upper left corner next to your name populates with more "dots" as you use the site more and eventually it does a full rotation. When this happens you get a badge that you can allocate to any post or comment that you deem worthy. This is a way for Hubskiers to both be appreciated for their time on site and to show appreciation to a fellow hubski users quality content.

Currently it is a small but growing community with many interests. I also like going to the "community" page, located on the left of screen under "discover" and checking out the most popular post/comment of the day as well as trending tags.

Welcome to Hubski throwaway, see ya around the halls.

edit: ps. check out "dark" under "controls" and "style". Once you go dark-ski you never go backski.

throwaway  ·  2755 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Dark is great! Thanks for the explanation.