Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Dec 2012 21:23 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Derek Powazek exposes the meaninglessness of the already overused tripe 'If you're not paying for the product, you are the product'. "But we should not assume that, just because we pay a company they'll treat us better, or that if we're not paying that the company is allowed to treat us like shit. Reality is just more complicated than that. What matters is how companies demonstrate their respect for their customers. We should hold their feet to the fire when they demonstrate a lack of respect. And we should all stop saying, 'if you're not paying for the product, you are the product', because it doesn't really mean anything, it excuses the behavior of bad companies, and it makes you sound kind of like a stoner looking at their hand for the first time." Nailed it.
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RE: It's a Gruberism
by ssokolow on Thu 20th Dec 2012 00:31 UTC in reply to "It's a Gruberism"
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I'm sick of hearing this crap about how great App.Net is going to be simply because people are paying for it.

I never understood why so many supposedly smart people were getting excited about

You want to pay for something you can trust and you're willing to be incompatible with Facebook and Twitter anyway?

Get a cheap VPS or some shared hosting for $3-10 per month and run your own federated node using something that speaks OStatus like StatusNet or Diaspora.

Surely someone is willing to offer a CPanel setup which can install them for you if you have no experience installing web apps.

Hell, you can also self-host various other web apps in the same space to get more for your money.

Edited 2012-12-20 00:36 UTC

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