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I'm working on a "professional social network", decentralised & privacy friendly: flockingbird.social .

I'm looking for some feedback.

Do you ever use LinkedIn or another "social network for professionals?"

What do you like most about it? What do you hate most about it?

@berkes i use LinkedIn a lot. Very much value the professional aspect of it. I think an open source alternative to LinkedIn is the last hurdle (platform-wise) for the #opensource and #fediverse movement

@davidoclubb This is exactly what we envision.

Though feature wise we'll have to differentiate from LinkedIn.

Caused by our focus (we can only build one thing a time--MVP), in alignment with core values (your are not the product), for our businessmodel (too make it sustainable) and obviously for privacy reasons.

@berkes
Have used ning, researchgate, linkedin. Good aspects were relevant content, bad aspect is closed proprietary platform, poor accessibility. Heard some talk about "facetime on zoom": think about the power of appropriate brands; one reason why liberty software is poor at mass market. Unsure about "flockingbird"... Would like to see compliance with activitypub protocol, ability to subscribe via RSS, ability to access via text-mode web browser, compatible with other open source systems.

@mastodonr
Thanks for your time and feedback; Very usefull!

We build it on ActivityPub, so it can and should play nice with other Fediverse Players; kindof a LinkedIn for the Fediverse.

Mass market is not an aim, "scratching an own itch" and a businessmodel to make it sustainable is the main aim.

@berkes You asked for feedback, new to Mastodon, just full of energy of people creating platforms. Creating for a niche market could be more dynamic and will keep you motivated. See you are into Beekeeping, "no bees no food" my advice, ask yourself is there a need for your vision for beekeeping. Creating a generic "professional social network" is possible, don't let me undermine that vision, its a 24/7 journey.

@Yes2020 Thanks for the feedback. I am aware that whatwwe're starting is big.

But we do have a very focused niche to start with: Entrepeneurs and self-employed people in incubators and flex-working places. Even smaller: the ones I'm involved in. Those are social networks, we want to offer tools to improve that. The paying customers of hosted versions would be those offering the incubators & spaces.

@berkes Great reply, I now understand more and can see the need for it. Its so positive that people are creating alternatives and very uplifting.

@berkes Yes, I use LinkedIn, and I have also given a chance to BeBee, Xing and Viadeo. Following you to learn more about that project. All in all, there are many things to criticise in those networks, but mainly because of the users rather than because of the organisation or the software. Feel free to ask.

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