A few days ago, a friend posted about the new social network Minds.com. Curious as a cat I instantly subscribe and click on all buttons available, both on desktop and app. It looks like a lot of thought has been put into both the app and the desktop version and that they have watched other social networks closely. I recognize a lot of features from networks like Plague (the swiping), Empire Avenue (boost your posts) and the omnipresent Facebook (reposting). But how come I never heard of this network before?
Like on most new social networks, the early days often are the most fun. When new members arrive daily, there is a lot of chaotic energy. People explore the network, each other and play around like puppies. It’s just lovely to ride the waves of excitement on a fresh network.
Minds.com seems to be inhabited by adapters of the Occupy movement that clearly sends out a message of anti. Anti-Facebook, Anti-Establishment, Anti….. anti Anything masked with their Anonymous Mask. Time for me to finally learn what the Anonymous movement is all about, you know, to be able to mingle a bit. For the past years when I saw glimpses of people living in tents on the street and demonstrating wearing masks, I must tell you I honestly still don’t have a clue what Anonymous is. Maybe because I’m not the demonstrating kind or maybe because I was busy changing diapers of my children at that time. But, never too old to learn so I looked some up at Wikipedia. They Mask seems to derive from a guy who tried to blow up the British parliament back in 1605 whom’s face inspired Graphic Illustrator David Lloyd to draw the characteristic mask for the novel and film ‘V for Vendetta‘. The masks both conceal the identity and protect the face of individuals and demonstrate their commitment to a shared cause.
Ironically, According to Time in 2011, the protesters’ adoption of the mask had led to it becoming the top-selling item on Amazon.com, selling hundreds of thousands a year. Time Warner, one of the largest media companies in the world, is paid a fee with the sale of each official mask, as it owns the rights to the image. Go figure!
Anyway, back to Minds.com which is, at this point, a vibrant community of the anti-establishment that is going to do things better. Encrypted messages, freedom of speech and more promises to keep you away from Facebook, the sticky muddy evil space we can’t seem to get rid off. “We are against everything”, including our mom, and now that the banks and establishments are going to fall, we are fiercely looking for the next step:
Aha! I’m getting it….
Minds.com – What now – From Anonymous to Enlightenment?
What if there is no more government to protest against. What if the banks have all collapsed. What if there’s nothing left to demonstrate against? What will be the next step? What will we do with all the freedom? Personally, I think, letting go of our masks, become true to ourselves by meditating, introspection and becoming conscious of our thoughts, positive or negative, is the real road to freedom. Times are changing faster, institutes of the past will collapse no matter what, with or without our help. The real revolution comes from our thoughts. With the power of a mind that creates thoughts full of good energy, wherever you go, you will create a pleasant atmosphere. Your vibrations will create spaces full of beauty, love, trust and peacefulness; spaces where all those who enter will remove their masks and will connect again with their true self.
Back to Minds.com again
I am happy to explore this new network of free thinkers. To get an idea about the ambition of Minds.com, watch this neat video by Ian Crossland. He explains a bit (start from 5:00) about how it works basically:
Anonymous does not support (@Minds) Minds.com
Awww too bad, it could have been a perfect marriage between the hippies and the techs 🙁