Brands, businesses, influencers and power users will eventually join the fediverse. Why not embrace them? Its in our best interest to grow the fediverse.

I started a new suite of tools in June to support them. It was created with privacy in mind, you will only see public data insights and stats. Any user will be able to use this feature. After federation support is finished I will focus on this again!

Why would anyone want brands, companies and other crap in their _social_ feeds? Isn't the whole point of why people enjoy the !fediverse that it's _not_ like the asocial advertisement platforms?

Let's not explicitly invite capitalism. Let them build their own damn tools.

@mmn @dansup I mostly agree with your sentiment, but let me offer one possible explanation.

When contacting a company via any private channel (e-mail, phone, whatever), they can just ignore you or do whatever they please, and rarely they get burnt.

Companies/brands use social media to promote themselves. The more followers they have, the better the promotion. But also, the bigger the burn if somebody calls them out publicly on their bullshit.

So in a way they are making themselves vulnerable.

@rysiek @dansup @mmn

I'm pretty sure I don't want Twitter-style brand callouts in the fediverse. If I saw it I'd block it. Brands can either stay on Twitter or have their own instance which can be easily blocked.

If brands do show up one nice thing is that they have no central authority to protect them from criticism or spoofs, and there aren't necessarily "real names" they can try to retaliate against. The lack of ability to buy their way into controlling the platform will deter them to some extent.
@bob @rysiek I'm pretty sure we can criticise and discuss companies - and they can be present to respond etc. - without analytical tools for their benefit (or power users who are only interested in maximising their reach and profit).

@mmn @bob ah, but that's a separate question than "why do we want brands here"! :)

@rysiek Yeah my response was written regarding on the initial "I do this _for_ the brands and power users" post. .)
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