This one comes from Eric D.

How do we automate reputation (and make it genuinely useful)?

I’m not talking about how we generate digital chaff so crooked shit-heels can bury their misdeeds on the second or third page of Google’s search results. And I’m not talking about “influencer” marketing, where brands whore themselves out in pursuit of bought-and-paid-for fake followers.

I’m talking about how we implement systems that, as Eric so elegantly suggested, “the shitty players spin themselves out.”

How do we make it possible for truly generous human beings who genuinely want to help others—and actively go out of their way to do so—are automatically recognized, elevated, and presented in such a way as to honestly get the returns their personal investments of time, money, and care so justly deserve?

There’s an honest reciprocity between friends and closer social networks.

You do me a solid. And we both know there will come a time in the future when you need me to do YOU a solid. Not because we have some kind of rigid, mafioso-style system of accounting—because it’s the right thing to do.

So how do we do it?

Do we start yet another social network; a mashup of LinkedIn and Wikipedia, where people come together to tell the world how you’ve made a difference in their lives?

Maybe that’s another billion-dollar idea.

Thanks, Eric.


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  1. One of the things I’ve been doing is starting to unfollow all the crud, and call it out (maybe not definitively at the person, but certainly at the idea). And recommending (much like you and Eric have) to promote the good and the great, and draw attention to them.

    Same with shady practices, and encouraging friends to do better in their choices of who they follow and promote. It may take a while, but at some stage you have to think that the crud will eventually be left ignored, and they’ll just disappear.

    • I’ve been doing likewise, Danny.

      My Facebook feed had become a polarized, political dumpster fire. So I started unfollowing all those sensationalist outlets pimping fear and loathing. Almost immediate improvement in my overall mood and attitude.

      Next, I started unfollowing people I didn’t really know, couldn’t necessarily recall when/where/why I was following in the first place, and who were sharing things I just didn’t care about. I’m sure you’re totes legit, but we’ve never met and I’m never crossing state lines to see your cover band, dude.

      Of course, I’ve joined a couple groups (ie; tribes) and now have an uptick in frustrating ignorance, but that’s just a matter of turning off notifications from those groups.

      Filter out the bad jubies. Seek out—and amplify—the good.

      Seems to be working. I haven’t been this inspired in years.

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