Hubski: A Thoughtful Web
Yes, it looks like a wall of text. But in that with that text we create meaningful conversations, relationships and that is where the big ideas happen. Like anything worthwhile in life, it takes an investment of time to see what Hubski truly has to offer. (edited thenewgreen's recent comment)
It has also been described as an online pub with creative and thoughtful people belly-up at the bar of reason and sanity. It is a location for intelligent, rational social discourse and offers habitat for creative ideas to roam and grow as they become self-supporting. (katakowsj recent comment)
So how to I get invested? How do I find content that is meaningful to me?
Let's start with tags. Click "tags" at the top of the page. Here, we see all the tags that have ever been used.
Click a tag that interests you. Follow that tag. But more importantly, follow the people who use that tag.
Hubski is about following people. These people will have similar, but not identical, interests. This is partially how meaningful discussions happen - by talking with people who are interested in things you've never known about or with people who have viewpoints that differ from your own.
But how do I know if I really want to follow that person? What if they're a weirdo?
Well, they seem to share a common interests with you. So that's a good reason. If you want to get a deeper sense of that person, click their name. You can use this page to check out what else they're about.
Okay, this is tedious. I want instant gratification and I want it now.
If you want to look at posts, regardless of who you follow, you can click on the hubwheels at the top. Happy?
This is another way to follow people that share content that you find interesting.
Don't be afraid to follow people. You can always unfollow them later.
Is that it?
Well there are a lot of layers and nifty features on hubski. Things like data-filled TMI page and the awesome "badged posts" page. The chatter page only has comments that are recently posted. You'll discover more and more as you explore.
Remember, hubski is what you make it. Share stuff that interests you, start discussions about stuff you don't know much about, posts original things you create, or just post that adorable story about your weird toe. Share, follow, learn, discuss, and most of all, enjoy.
Links to posts with more info? How to contact mk/tng? How to report a bug & request features? What else? All those stupid little details.
Now rip me a new one, lovers. I wrote this is 20 minutes and you know I prefer pretty things over writing, so, help. Feel free to revise, rewrite, take slides out, add slides, move shit around, tell me I'm a horrible writer, you hate my headphones, whatever. I need you to perfect this.