Below are ideas that we think make the web products humane and few examples that best exemplify those ideas.
We are searching for products we consider humane — not something highfalutin; instead, focused products that address the daily necessities of everyday people. If you have more suggestions, tweet them to us @TheHumaneClub
Venture Capital funded products are here to make a financial profit, and hence their primary goal isn’t to serve you. They get arbitrarily killed (remember Google Reader), get acquired (remember Posterous, Nuzzel), or go out of fashion (remember Orkut).
Humane products recognize this and focus on being there for the long haul.
“Your Life’s Work, Powered By Our Life’s Work”– Zoho.com
The Internet is addicted to free tools by BigTech. Free isn’t free — you pay by giving up your privacy and valuable personal data. When you build your media and commerce on BigTech, you are a tenant in their establishment. They own your data and audience.
Humane productsof being de-platformed, demonetized, or without being exposed to the vagaries of algorithm changes.
- Forbes: How much of your data do WhatsApp and FB Messenger collects v/s Signal
- Signal ran an interesting experiment on Instagram before Instagram shut them down
Products that earn profits from advertisements use algorithms to get you addicted to their platform, so you keep coming back and spend more time. They constantly distract you with regular notifications to create a fear of missing out.
Humane products know that life is not what happens in their app but outside. They. Humane products also recognize that life can be stressful, and hence they often build gratitude right in.
“Google used to give me a page of the right answers. Now the results seem inspired by the Scientologist principle that what’s true is what’s true for you.”Paul Graham in his essay – http://paulgraham.com/ambitious.html
We live in polarized times fueled by outrage and misinformation. One of the things amplifying the polarisation is echo chambers created by algorithms that want you to see more of what engages you.
Civic conversations do not need more opinions. They need. However, most platforms like Medium, Substack, Podcasts focus on viewpoints because that is easy.
It has become a trend on the Internet to stand out for the sake of it. Influencers showcase their latest fast fashion. People upload photos of the latest Instagram-friendly food they ate. Businesses invest in launching unique-looking websites and leave no budget for operating the website. Chasing the latest trend might be gratifying for the short term. In the long-term, it induces fear of missing out and can get expensive.
Don’t stand out for the sake of it.It gets out of the way and gives maximum space to the people and their needs. Everything is purposefully structured and organized, so things are kept neat and out of sight.