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Facebook's Business

CATEGORY / Technology, Trade TAGS / google, instagram, pinterest, social media, social network, youtube AUTHOR / Tio DATE / 01/05/2015
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Author: Tio

How would you feel if Google were to make the following statement tomorrow:
“Since there are so many search results and people cannot possibly look through all of them, we are only going to display the results that ‘you like’ (only a few, out of potentially millions), and what you ‘like’ will be decided by an algorithm that we have created, so you can’t adjust that.”  Such a move might piss many people off and it would definitely limit what any search engine can do for you.  Deciding what is ‘good’ for you to watch/read, or what is ‘important’, can be a very neat solution to filter the huge amount of information that you are exposed to online every day, but that should be an option, rather than a default setting that you cannot change, especially because such an algorithm may or may not do a good job of ‘predicting’ what each individual might be interested in at any given moment.

Well, Facebook does exactly that.  When you like a page (supposedly because you are interested in what that page posts), Facebook will not mention its secret to you: that you will rarely see that page’s posts, very rarely.  This will also happen with posts from your friends, as you will not receive notifications of all of their posts, either.  This is because Facebook sorts and delivers to you only the ones that ‘you may consider important’.  It is all in their algorithm, based on what links you clicked and from what pages, what other pages you liked, and so on.  They do this because, as they say, people are unable to manage all of the posts and updates from all of the pages they have liked, or friends they have.  But shouldn’t this be something that you, as the user, chose how to handle?  I use an RSS feed reader (a way to get updates from multiple sources you like - websites, google keywords, etc.) and many times I do get too many updates, but I manage this myself by simply removing sources that I no longer find interesting.

Facebook could add simple options for people to help them cope with the potentially huge flow of information.  It wouldn’t be hard to add a “See important updates” and “See all updates”, and then explain what ‘important’ means and how their algorithm works.  Don’t be fooled by the options you have now with “Most recent” and “Top stories”, as they are strongly filtered by Facebook.  Even if you want to see all of a page’s most recent posts, those also get filtered by FB’s algorithm.

More to the point, these Facebook algorithms make all of our  projects and updates almost invisible.  Let me exemplify using a project that I partly managed for about 3 years or so (including its official magazine for which we posted many memes on social networks, per day):   The TVP Facebook page has more than 210,000 likes at the time of this writing, but each post we make has only “reached” an average of about 11,000 of those 210,000 people, over the entire past year.  Since the recent 2015 algorithm update, which caused all Facebook pages to more sharply drop in reach, posts to the TVP Global Facebook page now only reach an average of around 4,600 people per post.  That is just a bit over 2% of the total page supporters.  Most of TVP Magazine’s original posts, which include photos and text, have only reached 1-2 thousand supporters over the past 3 months, out of the 210,000 total.  That is below 1% of all the TVP followers, or just 1 in 105 people receiving the posts we make.  It’s no wonder that so many TVP supporters still have no clue that TVP has a free online magazine, even though we’ve been producing it regularly for the past 2 years and frequently posted ‘educational’ images on all social networks promoting it, every day, over that time period.

But even that ‘reach’ number makes little to no sense, because ‘reach’ only means that the notification of a post we made was included somewhere in your Facebook news feed and you ‘saw’ it, even if you just quickly scanned through your news feed looking for something else (birthdays, events, a reply from a friend, etc.) and our post happened to be in there somewhere.  That counts as ‘reach’.  More than that, some posts may only reach 800 people, while a rare ‘mutant’ one hits 180,000 people (extremely rare), and so the averages do not reflect reality well at all, as these occasional ‘mutant’ numbers will always drive the averages higher than what is ‘normally’ experienced.

So, either we are failing completely at posting ‘relevant’ (from FB’s perspective) posts, to get them to be seen by more supporters, or that FB is completely failing at providing a good service.  We can’t fail, though, as we post many new and original posts that are very important for The Venus Project and should be of strong interest to all TVP supporters.  Then again, we are not the only ones who have been unable to reach the people who are interested in their pages, as it seems that pages across a wide array of niches are experiencing the exact same problem.

So, if it’s not us, then it must be Facebook’s ‘innocent’ fault, right?  Maybe they don’t understand how to make FB more useful for people, and their algorithm of predicting what is more ‘important’ for people is just not meeting its intended goals.  Even if that is the case, FB should allow people to choose for themselves if they want to use the prediction algorithm, or instead have all their updates showing in the news feed.  Or at the very least making the users better aware of their ‘rules’.

But hang on a minute…
You can now pay Facebook to get your message (post) to reach more people!  So… after all of the above rationalization attempts, it turns out that this algorithm isn’t at all about offering a smart tool for ‘poor users’ who cannot possibly cope with so many posts in their news feed, but is instead simply part of a profit-motive business strategy!?  This is shocking….until you remember that Facebook is just a business, and recognize that we ‘users’ are what it sells, to other businesses.

So, the more money you pay to Facebook, the more people (your own supporters?) you can reach with your message.  If you want to ‘save the world’ and present solutions as to how, through science and technology, we can literally save hundreds of millions of lives and dramatically improve everyone’s standard of living, but you don't have the money to spread your message, then, well, you will have little chance of getting your message widespread.

If you have an online presence somewhere (social network, forum, etc.) and your ‘fans’, followers, people interested in your page, etc., like and want to follow your page, but you then are told that you’ll have to pay to reach out those same people (although there was no mention of this when you created the page), then this sounds to me like a low-grade scam.  Every time a page ‘owner’ makes a new post to a page, FB pops up a loud recommendation to ‘boost’ the post, meaning for you to pay them money for your post to reach more people, and it will show you many ads encouraging you to ‘promote’ your entire page, for some more money, of course.  Not to mention the many ads that are displayed to everyone that has a FB account, ads that track your online activity to, again, recommend what you should buy.  They don’t just appear in your sidebar, but also in your news feed, similar to regular posts.  This is not a conspiracy - this is simply how Facebook works, and you can read all about this on their website, as it’s part of their business plan.  The goal in today’s world is to make money, and Facebook has gotten pretty good at doing this.

They are so good at doing ‘business’ that Facebook is worth 212 billion dollars as of this writing.  It is worth more than 120 of the 180 currently recognized countries around the world.  Over 67% of Facebook’s fortune is owned by just a handful of people (11 or so), while it has 9,200 employees and 1,39 billion customers (users) that helped create a $12,47 billion revenue for Facebook in 2014 alone, as Facebook relies entirely on its users to sell advertising or their premium content/features.(source)

But it doesn’t stop there.  Not only does Facebook intentionally restrict your page’s outreach to your supporters and their ability to see content that they requested to view as interesting (or important) to them, all the while making a huge amount of money from users like us through ever-present intrusive ads, but Facebook also ‘sells’ Likes.  Not in a direct way, of course, because that would look bad for any business, but indirectly through ‘paid promoting’ that increases the number of Likes to your page and individual posts (their monetized solution to the scarcity problem they created above).  Since this recent ‘monetization of Likes’ approach was introduced by Facebook, many other companies have sprung up to compete for your “Likes” cash, while the entire ‘fiasco’ behind getting more likes and reaching more people is little more than a byproduct of the monetary system’s push for profit, which creates these abhorant behaviors.  As a side note, when you buy likes, it is usually done via click farms (a bunch of poor people that are paid low wages to create facebook accounts and ‘Like’ pages they are told to Like).

This very well-done video by a science-focused YouTube channel describes the ‘scam’ that Facebook is engaging in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVfHeWTKjag

Because our Facebook posts reach such a tiny percentage of the people supporting TVP’s page, we are made to feel a strong need to repeat many posts, similar to how a spammer aggressively sends thousands of similar messages to reach more people.  If we want to inform people that a new TVP documentary is now available, for example, this forces us to post it 2 times a day, every day, for months in a row, just to reach as many TVP supporters as we can.  And of course, this is not sustainable, and a major waste of time, effort and the precious patience of those who directly watch the page more closely than others.

Facebook encourages pages to post “original and engaging content” to attract more people to Like, Comment and Share the posts to their own profile walls and other groups, because when supporters do that, a post can become more popular and reach more people (but it will never reach all the supporters).  These recommendations may be helpful for pages that want customers and sell products, but TVP is all about growing knowledge and expanding Global RBE awareness among its supporters, rather than trying to sugar-coat posts to look so nice that you, the supporters, are emotionally enticed to click on links intended to sell you something.  Not all pages are used by businesses, dear Facebook.

Facebook is just an example, of course, as nearly all social network sites are full of rules and advertising, with lots of people trying to use them to promote their business and, more often than not, creating ‘havoc’ with so many misleading posts they make (buy this, click here).  There are also businesses who ‘sell’ followers and tips as how to get more people following your account, and they too are a product of a profit-focused world that enforces a negative loop effect on the public tools we use and how their rules operate (like Facebook, Twitter, Google - who do try to stop these ‘spammers’, but yet preserve plenty of room for other kinds of advertising that benefit them).  This money-hungry world has nothing to do with the technology behind tools like facebook, twitter, the internet itself.  It only controls how they are used/abused, and today, they are mainly used to extract profit from consumers, by both the ones who own the tools (like Facebook) and those who want to use them to promote their businesses.  As a side note, you can read our article on online advertising to understand more about this ‘practice’.

TVP is trying very hard to get important informational & educational messages and resources out there; not to sell something, make a profit, or to promote a business, while these escalating rules that Facebook and other companies employ are massively slowing us down in our ‘mission’.  TVP Magazine’s readership has dropped by more than 60% over the last couple of months, as many fewer supporters now receive our posts on Facebook, the main social network we relied upon.

Of course, merely complaining about all of this will solve nothing.  So let’s see what we can do to improve this ridiculous situation.

First, let’s try to ‘fix’ Facebook.

This is not a proper ‘fix’, but I spent many days experimenting to try to uncover methods for getting all the updates from a page into my FB newsfeed.  Here’s what I learned:

  1. Go to the TVP Global Facebook page and check whether you have already Liked the page.  Then, hover over the LIKED button and click “Get Notifications”.  This will show you notifications when we post on TVP Facebook page.  To do this on a smartphone, use a browser like Chrome to visit Facebook, click the browser menu and then “Show Desktop Version”.  Once you are viewing the desktop version, you can go to the TVP Global Facebook page, click on the LIKE button and you will see “Get Notifications”.  If you cannot see the desktop version after selecting it, refresh your phone’s view of the facebook website.
  2. Add the TVP Global Facebook page to an ‘Interest List’.  Again, hover over the Like button, and then on “Add To Interest Lists”.  You can then check your interest list to see more of the posts we make, perhaps all of them.  This is also supposed to ‘tell’ FB’s algorithm that you are interested in TVP, so it should, in theory, add some more TVP posts in your news feed.  You can also make an interest list with everything you are interested in and then “Favorite” that interest list.  That Interest List will then become your news feed, allowing you should see nearly everything: posts from friends or pages that you add there.  You can even create one lists for friends and another list for pages, if you prefer to keep them separate.
  3. Use SocialFixer to fine tune your Facebook to display more relevant content in your news feed and also to remove ‘sponsored’ posts and other advertising.  It is very easy to install and set up, and could positively ‘revolutionize’ your Facebook experience.
  4. Bypass Facebook’s algorithm-limited ‘newsfeed’ altogether by using a 3rd-party app to get your notifications from the TVP Global Facebook page.  The easiest way is to take advantage of the RSS url for the TVP Global page, which will pull every single post we make.  First, install a program/app(ios, andoird) or browser extension that supports RSS feeds (there are many of them), and then add TVP’s RSS url to it: http://facebook.com/feeds/page.php?format=rss20&id=152157788181214

Those are some ‘fixes’ for Facebook, but we highly recommend alternatives to Facebook because we cannot rely on a company to connect us with you people.  The most reliable way to stay in touch with the most important TVP news is to subscribe to the TVP Newsletter.  We send out newsletters only when there is something very important that all TVP supporters need to be aware of.  Speaking of the main website, you should visit it regularly to see what’s new about TVP.  As a side note, people are working to improve the main site to make it more user-friendly on any device and expand its features.

You can also subscribe to TVP Magazine’s Newsletter below, to receive a notice whenever we release a new issue.

Another thing that you can do is to follow TVP on other social networks: Google Plus, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Youtube Main Channel or Youtube Educational Channel.

And finally, I’m sorry to inform you, but I lied at the start of the article when I implied that Google does not filter their search results, because they do, alongside perhaps all major internet companies.  This may not be such a bad idea, as some advantages can be found in this approach, but living in a world where profit is the main flavor all are salivating for, it should make us wonder if all intentions behind such filters are for the users’ advantage, or a means through which such companies can promote more advertising to make a buck from it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8ofWFx525s

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Tio
My parents are using TROM-Jaro for the past half year or so. And Linux (Ubuntu or other flavors) for the past 3-4 years or more. They simply need a stable operating system and a way for them to access the Internet without "trading" as much. In truth my first motivation to make a custom Linux OS was to do it for my parents because I wanted them to have a "ready to use" OS that blocks ads and trackers and it is simple enough for them to use. In fact I tested TROM-Jaro with them first, because if they can use it, most people can. They are not at all computer savvy and probably most people are like that, so we need an operating system that ca be used by anyone. They know very well how to keep the system updated now, and because TROM-Jaro has automatic backups before every update then it is easy for me to fix their computers in case an update breaks the system, which never happened so far.

I also installed TROM-Jaro on a half a laptop (that had no screen anymore) and I connected it with a TV so now they have a "smart TV" to watch online whatever they want to watch. I paired that with a cheap Bluetooth remote controller that worked out of the box and so now they have 3 devices with TROM-Jaro.

So, it is super useful that TROM-Jaro is set up for people who don't know much about computers because I make sure my parents don't see ads or are tracked online, have automatic backups and the interface is so easy to use that they can find whatever they need by pressing or clicking one button (the Dash).

The laptops have between 2 and 4 GB of RAM and a simple integrated Intel graphics card, and the TV has 1.6GB of RAM. TROM-Jaro works well on all of them out of the box. Chat image
Tio
Thank you Savadey for the 100 AUD via Paypal and the message "keep up the good work " - Awesome! Lately more and more financial support for TROM which is fantastic! Thank you so much people https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio
Here's a video I edited for Sasha for her campaign :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABbNeEmhMh0 - watch it! it is cool. very. interesting. talks about us too. also a footage with her, me and aaron somewhere there...
Tio
Sasha needs some help to finish a Trade-Free Book about her journey. https://www.gofundme.com/f/big-world-small-sasha-the-book - she will post the book as Trade-Free on her website in digital format.

Sasha has been a great help for TROM for the past 2 years. She helped TROM financially (quite a lot), with proofreading or by spreading the word about TROM and Trade-Free on her blogs, social networks, and she even created a TROM Discussions Youtube stream for a while where she was discussing TROM subjects with new-to-the-project people. Her website, https://www.bigworldsmallsasha.com/ is labelled as Trade-Free.

She is also now part of our small "TROM family" - I (Tio), Aaron and her share a flat that we transformed into our small TROM office (will post videos and photos about this in the following months), and we help each other financially to be able to keep working on these projects. So, any help for Sasha is also a help for TROM ;) - she needs financial help to be able to focus on finishing her book (she already wrote some 70%) - needless to say in the book she talks about TROM too ;).

What is important about what she does is that she reaches new people (people interested in travelling around the world and having this different kind of lifestyle) - these people we could not (or rarely) reach with our projects. Now such people get to also know about TROM.

Big World, Small Sasha!
Tio
Here is a review of TROM-Jaro by Alexio :) - https://www.facebook.com/tromproject/posts/2619863141403328?__tn__=K-R (it is too big to post the entire text on our live) Chat image
Tio
Keep in mind that Manjaro is one of the most well known and used Linux distributions. If they said they may incorporate some of our good ideas into their official Gnome edition, then that's big :)
Tio
We are getting more attention for our TROM-Jaro from Manjaro's community which is fantastic - see here https://forum.manjaro.org/t/trom-jaro-a-trade-free-manjaro-build/93739 - One recent message was very encouraging, comming from a member of the Manjaro's Team: "This distro makes me happy. It's cool that Manjaro has a daughter distro, with clear vision, ethics and style. I'm hoping to borrow some of your good ideas to gnome edition. :) " - He also said he can help with some stuff, which is truly amazing. Imagine if this trade-free idea catches on in the open source community. It could be a fantastic way to make people aware of what creates most of our issues in the society, not only in the open source. Let's see where this leads, but so far this idea with "trade as the source of most problems" and focusing on trade-free goods and services as a "cure" for it, seems to catch on little by little.
Tio
Did a bunch of work for tromsite.com - improved some stuff, fixed some bugs. this site is made of so many many many parts, yet the way it is built it seems like one. is almost like we took cats, dogs and elephants, and created one single creature but you could not tell that this monster is made out of other animals :))
Tio
Ah, and when you download them you download them in multiple video formats + their respective subtitles. We'll work to incorporate any other video we have on tromsite through the Internet Archive.
Tio
Another super cool thing thanks to the trade-free Internet Archive: on the videos page you can now download any series you want form p2p https://www.tromsite.com/videos/ - and everytime we add new content to any of the video series we make, the download links gets updated automatically. Much less work for us! :)
Tio
Now you can get TROM-Jaro iso from both our server and bittorrent https://www.tromjaro.com/install/ - both should work all the time. We use the Internet Archive as the torrent source since they also provide a seedbox so it guarantees peers. We got 631 vies on the manjaro forum for our tromjaro post. And a bunch of people got interested in-it. That's awesome! I hope to find more time to add more apps to tromjaro.com.
Tio
Working on the Fort-Profit Entertainment book by Dima! :)
Tio
So these days we had a TROM-Cast, like we usually do, but this time we discuss about our new trade-free.org project. It got the attention of some people, and new ones participated for the cast challenging the idea. To make it super-mega short, I “created” this path now for “social change” via “trade as the source of most problems”, and some think is not a good idea. I’ll keep it all extremely brief since I already wrote thousand of pages on the topic. Here's the blog I wrote https://www.tiotrom.com/2019/07/why-trade-and-not-scarcity/
Tio
Thank you Jennifer for the 100 Euros donation. Wow! And for the message "Thank you for all that you do! ". :) - https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio
I sent 20 or so emails to several people in the Linux community about tromjaro. Let's see if any pays attention to it.
Sasha
Tio and I have been working very hard on my new site for the last 2 months and now it is finally done! Check it out: https://www.bigworldsmallsasha.com/

It’s a trade-free travel blog that details how you can travel around the world with little money, but the main idea is actually to entice people with travel stories in order to introduce them to the important topics that we discuss here in TROM. So the point is to reach new people :)

These two pages (and a lot of my blogs) include links to TROM material: https://www.bigworldsmallsasha.com/traveltips/ [link src="http://www.bigworldsmallsasha.com/lifestyle/

The"] website was designed by Tio – I can’t thank him enough for the enormous amount of effort he put into my site. Tio is by far the kindest and most genuinely extensional person that I know. And also- genius! :D and very creative. All the photos of my stuff, Polaroid theme and basically everything else on my site was his idea :). And we spent many hours/days/weeks customizing it to make it look like it does now.

I hope you enjoy it :)
Tio
I fixed trade-free.org for mobiles ;)
Tio
Cody: "I use trom-jaro to easily edit videos and maintain multiple systems that help decentralize some of the tools and videos TROM creates! I also use it to host the TROM-Cast weekly and thanks to it's lack of tracking / data harvesting, my computers resources can be freed to do what I WANT =]" Chat image
Tio
Organized TRM Riot a lot since we fuckin' grow :D - we need a room for video, one for tromjaro, one for webdev, and so forth. I love it! Also, Alexio joined the team :) - he organized TROM stuff so neatly and awesome that we need to use his powers! hehe
Tio
David Panart just became a $15 patron! - thank you so much! :) - monthly donations help a lot! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Tio
The brilliant Roma is working on something super cool so that anyone can translate the trade-free.org website in a bit. The general idea is this: people have access to a public file on gitlab that contains the english text and all of the links on the page. And they simply translate that. Then trade-free.org can call that page everytime people add the lang after the url, like say trade-free.org/es triggers the ES (spanish) translation. Of course, anyone can use that file + the HTML5 version of the website to host it anywhere. Roma is like Ziad it seems. Two brilliant people who are helping TROM in ways I could not do! :)
Tio
We moved our videos to The Internet Archive :) - a trade-free alternative to youtube which is an abundant service that is based on trades :) - we love the Internet Archive. You can see our new and improved videos page here https://www.tromsite.com/videos/ - now it is way easier to access all of our videos. Unfortunately we don't now why the subtitles are not working right now....we contacted IA...we'll see. We want to also move every other video there. Next step would be to stream via p2p and not even rely on IA. But for now this is the first major step to move away from Youtube and Vimeo ;)
Aaron
TROM-Jaro is my tool to create trade-free things. I use it to translate TROM materials into german, such as videos and audiobooks with the video-editor kdenlive + audacity and books with the partially trade-free app Master PDF Editor. I communicate with humans via Signal, Riot and Thunderbird and I work on my personal website + browse the web with Firefox. All trade-free. Plus I decentralize our materials with easy-to-use apps like webtorrent and the beaker browser. All in all I love tromjaro as it is fast, easy to use and it simply works. The fact that it works on my macbook is even another big plus-point. www.tromjaro.com Chat image
Tio
We'll skip tromcast today. I am too tired :D - will do one next week for sure. I'm working on other stuff too, so I'll be busy these days, especially today
Tio
Thank you Roma for the 86 Euros donation :) and the awesome message:

"Trade-free. org is great from both sides: as an idea and the site itself is amazingly crafted! Kudos to all who was involved. Appreciating all you hard work to release it! A real pleasure to be a part of such dedicated Team! Love all"
Tio
We will start to make these kind of posts about TROM-Jaro :) - from Gia:

"I use TROM-Jaro as my daily drive to browse the internet without being tracked by scripts (at least not as much), without seeing ads, and such. Less trades. I use it to translate TROM materials, read books, watch documentaries, or for digital drawing. https://www.tromjaro.com/" Chat image
Tio
Here are some websites labeled as trade-free by Alexio www.creativitate.cf www.energetica.cf www.echipamente.cf www.instalatii.cf - we need to make this idea spread and have other websites labeled as such.

Alexio's message:

"Some of the reasons to propose these websites as Trade-Free are:

- I am sharing/adapting on these webpages the trade-free content from the TROM projects;

- it is all about open education - http://is.jrc.ec.europa.eu/pages/EAP/OEREU.html ;

- the content on these websites is available under CC Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International. "
Tio
I had to fix some stuff for trade-free.org - so now is 100% downloadable. Before it wasn't. Now even the font we use is downloadable. Also Roma added it to gitlab https://gitlab.com/tromsite/trade-free/trade-free.org - need to be updated with today's updates ;)
Aaron
We released the trade-free website in german: https://www.handelsfrei.org/ - very exciting :)
Tio
We are super close to move to Internet Archive, except the documentary for now. Rafa helps with migrating the subtitles ;) - I have also prepared a text document to explain how one can translate trade-free.org into their own language - I can't manage that myself....too much stuff to manage. So people have to take that as their responsibility and translate and host that page. I'll give them the tools. I may take 1-2 days of work, but is not super complicated. Still need to refine everything then will post on trade-free.org.
Aaron
The video + audiobook "valuable without a value" is now available in german on tromsite.com/de
Tio
We are super close to move all of our videos (except the documentary for now) to Internet Archive. Almost all are already uploaded there and I made a new video page for tromsite that is much much better. We will have better control now over the videos. This year we will give up Vimeo, moving away from trade-based services. We walk the talk boys! :)
Tio
Finally posted about TROM-Jaro on Manjaro forum https://forum.manjaro.org/t/trom-jaro-a-trade-free-manjaro-build/93739 and I will send info about it to others too - distrowatch and some youtubers.
Tio
Now musikwave.com, videoneat.com, tromsite.com, tromjaro.com and tiotrom.com are all labaled (at the bottom of each page) as Trade-Free :) - if you have a project that creates trade-free stuff then you can label it as such and link to https://www.trade-free.org/ - so we can start something interesting and useful. ;)
Tio
Big thanks to the "invisible" (or not so visible) people who support TROM on Liberapay https://liberapay.com/TROM/ and Patreon https://www.patreon.com/trom for the past years. Without them we could not have paid for servers, tools, and time to build TROM and its baby projects. So, thank you so much!
Tio
added trade-free to https://www.tiotrom.com/ and tromjaro.com too - tomorrow i'll add to musikwave and videoneat ;) + make a text to promote tromjaro!
Tio
added trade-free to tromsite.com and removed the links to any other external "thing" like fb or youtube and so forth, because tromsite is tromsite and i dont want to redirect people to these trade-based places :) - purism! hehe
Tio
Join tromcast here https://meet.jit.si/tromcasttradefree - password: tromtrade
Tio
fixed some stuff with tormjaro.com - kinda ready for promoting on manjaro forums and so forth! i am working to add "This is a Trade-Free Project" on all websites: musikwave, tromsite, tiotrom, videoneat, everywhere I can! :)
Tio
Next few days are dedicated to add a trade-free sign on all of my/our websites, linking to trade-free.org. Also fix some bugs with some websites + then I'll create a long post promoting tromjaro.com on open source forums/websites. Tomorrow TROM-Cast about trade-free.org and we'll also talk about TVP.
Tio
And thank you Willy for your monthly 10 Euros Paypal donation! ;)
Tio
Thank you anonymous donor for the 100 Euros donation! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/ :D
Tio
I wanted to post the bellow message on FB too but they won't let me: it is against their "community standards" they say. That's why I don't give much of a fuck about FB. Like we want to share our originally made videos on their platform and they won't let us....fuck them. Not all magnets are "illegal", you stupid!
Tio
And btw, the videos on trade-free.org are streamed from peer-to-peer. They are on no server! :) - they are on people's computers. If you want to help us, seed those videos:

The main video's magnet link is: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:bbe36cb6ba5d6afeb50421a2509a969786710e8e&dn=Trade-Free.mp4&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com

And the logo making video is: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:d66bf00649e889e261782c3a5098f68b68d35a00&dn=Trade-Free+Logo+Making.mp4&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Fexplodie.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.coppersurfer.tk%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.empire-js.us%3A1337&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.leechers-paradise.org%3A6969&tr=udp%3A%2F%2Ftracker.opentrackr.org%3A1337&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.btorrent.xyz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.fastcast.nz&tr=wss%3A%2F%2Ftracker.openwebtorrent.com

Use WebTorrent to seed them, else it won't work. It is simple and you'll help us! Thanks!
Tio
thank you thank you thank you to all who have helped with this site: the idea, the suggestions, the everything!
Tio
https://www.trade-free.org/ is DONE! Check it :D - we will improve on it but this is basically it. We will add translations and we will create a trade-free directory soon :P - sooo so happy is finally here!
Tio
Yeah a bit more work on trade-free.org....but we are getting there....i dont want to get to stressed out by the work I have to do...VN also has some bugs that I need to fix. After we release TF website I need to manage my time better and have some more leisure time for myself and be less stressed out with this work. I am too passionate so is hard for me to not stress out cause I am excited and I want to fix and release!
Tio
Fixed some tromjaro.com stuff and need to fix some tromsite.com stuff....like plugins update that break parts of the website and you only notice after a few weeks....annoying
Tio
We are getting close to release trade-free.org. Is kinda done....maybe today will release. That website will for sure improve in time and we will do a documentary about "trade" that will be posted on the site. But we need to get it out there. We need to link to it. We need to talk about it ;)
Flingafu
I made a video on how to setup your own trade-free WIFI network! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3dY7LmqwPs
Tio
Participate here https://meet.jit.si/tromcastvolunteer and pass is tromcastv
Tio
TROM-Cast about volunteering in 1 and a half hour https://youtu.be/xNNoNvmVMwE
Tio
New FAQ Submitted: Are some people born with genes or biology which makes them to have more chances to become smart in some certain things in life? - answer here https://www.tromsite.com/faq/
Tio
Ok so VideoNeat has some weird bugs that I had to force-solve...i have no idea why those bugs....is the theme apparently...anyways. Is back! We worked today a lot on trade-free.org. Ziad is such a great help. Great guy! Main thing I need to add to trade-free is the text (which is kinda done) and implement translations (which can be difficult). Also, seen we will have double the storage and power for our server where we store all of our websites. I'll let you know. Super excited!
Tio
For the past many hours I'm trying to fix some videoneat design weird bugs...dont know wtf happened there but some pages are broken...
Tio
Patreon: "MayBritt just edited their pledge from $30 to $50." - Thank you so so much for your ongoing support! https://www.tromsite.com/donate/
Seb
New TROM Poem out (made this one 3 years ago, crazy that it's been this long) - 'The Ugliness of Beauty': https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCG60mUXDirFbCT4SaumWpyA
Tio
Ok, so, I tested some video-decentralization options.

1. So, the ideal solution would be using webtorrent + amara in a popup. Meaning, videos to be streamed from our computers (p2p) and if we can to embed them with the amara player so all subtitles are added automatically. If possible to do that in a popup would be fantastic - click and play. Webtorrent streaming is working (we tested) - though there are some downsides...but manageable. This streaming option is the perfect one since we won't need any streaming service/hosting. We have 80GB of video files already and we are growing every week in size, so no hosting plan is enough for us in the long run. The problem is how to add it in a popup and deal with the subtitles....this is super problematic. As soon as we make trade-free.org work perfectly well with this technology we could implement to tromsite.com. Also, to videoneat.com (likely) - imagine people being able to click and play any torrent file from videoneat!!! That would be my dream!

2. Another solution is to use the video files directly (like mp4 or webm) from either our server or the internet archive servers. From our server is safer cause we have 100% control over them, but that would mean upgrading our server and will costs some money and these people are super charlatans - they say "oh you can upgrade to $40 a month for double the space and power"....however they don't mention that it means ONLY if you accept a 3 year "contact" with them for the plan....else costs a lot more....also am not sure how well the server will handle video streaming. Then we have to integrate to amara if possible....

3. Directly using the Internet Archive's player. Their player is not that great but is the easiest solution right now tho we will have to add the subtitles manually to it. It is the best vimeo replacement for sure.

Damn is a lot of work and is not that easy.... :( - and I have so much stuff to work on...
Tio
So today I got really pissed off at that plugin giving me the middle finger and I looked more and more into decentralizing trom videos. for now we will upload all trom materials to the internet archive and i will probably replace all videos on tromsite with those. Already did for the trailer on the homepage https://www.tromsite.com/ - it streams from the internet archive. Let's see if the url is persistent. I will do that first then try to stream from p2p. So far I love the IA.
Tio
aaand is back! we'll look into internet archive and the like for now...we'll see...so many things to do ....