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    • thorgalle
      Top reader this weekScout
      11 months ago

      I agree with the others: prepping marinades for some days to come!

      I’ll force the co-founders of my current endeavor to read this too. It’s a hyper-relevant story for anyone trying to build a peer-to-peer sharing platform, in our case, to share access to one’s garden with travellers (though our platform is plenty different from Buy Nothing).

      I see both the extreme irony in turning “Buy Nothing” into a business, as well as the well-intentioned desire to control the values and mission of your ideological offspring, and wanting to earn a living off hard work supporting tens of thousands of its followers.

      1. Update (3/30/2023):

        Correction: millions of its followers

      • bill
        Top reader of all timeScribe
        11 months ago

        I’ll force the co-founders of my current endeavor to read this too.

        ^what kinda links you gonna use?

        1. Update (3/30/2023):

          I want to see a screen recording of you doing this

        • thorgalle
          Top reader this weekScout
          11 months ago

          The same way you brought me in! Article link (Readup link). And then ask about it repeatedly.

          • Pegeen
            Top reader this weekScoutScribe
            11 months ago

            Thank god you were brought in!!! You’re doing an amazing job and I will be sending a donation ASAP! Thanks for all you are doing to keep this afloat - while still working another job!

            • thorgalle
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              10 months ago

              Thank you Pegeen! I appreciate this very much, as well as your continued championing of Readup & its community. Being fair, Jeff is also due much of the credit for keeping this afloat!

    • turtlebubble11 months ago

      Sooooo much to dissect. Going to need to marinate on this for awhile as a Facebook-group-buy-nothing-lover myself.

      Gut reaction is that trying to squeeze money out of this idea, and spending so much of it in the process is antithetically wasteful. I was under the impression that the concept and guidelines for Buy Nothing groups were shared by an originator and that all offshoots were self-managed and decentralized.. definitely going to check out the app out of sheer nosiness.

      • bill
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        11 months ago

        Wow. Yup. The whole piece screams with familiarity. Lots to marinate on. Glad I read this.

        • KapteinB
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          11 months ago

          Not gonna lie; I see parallels with Readup. Founders who want to do something good for users, then receive backlash and dwindling user numbers. Let's hope both are on a sustainable track now!

          • Pegeen
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            11 months ago

            Let’s not give up! I love the community - so interesting!

          • bill
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            11 months ago

            Amen. I’ve been enjoying Readup. I’m happy to be back. Everything… works

            But yeah- It’s way more lonely in here now. I guess a lot of people left around when I left.

            This thing is hella sustainable, that’s for sure.

            • KapteinB
              Top reader this weekScoutScribe
              11 months ago

              Welcome back, by the way. :-)

          • thorgalle
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            11 months ago

            I was going to comment: great posts like this one from turtlebubble are partly why I don’t want Readup to shut down!

            I see those business lifecycle parallels too, but Buy Nothing is also so different:

            If the movement ended up splintering into an unaccountable mess of local variations—and Rockefeller and Clark didn’t make a cent in the process—maybe that was the most fitting ending possible.

            This line struck me. At its core, Buy Nothing is a simple and powerful idea that can be implemented in any local social (digital) space, which is why it spawned a thriving multi-million people movement, despite the app & business being mostly a flop until now. Those local chapters can keep the original idea alive & kicking regardless.

            But Readup is centralized, not local, and not a simple idea either. Would it, in us, leave behind a related movement if it shut down? Maybe an online cult of finishing articles, /r/BestLongForm or #IReallyReadIt? I think likely not… I feel the kind of community Readup has only makes sense on Readup.

    • Pegeen
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      11 months ago

      Fascinating story. Really gave me an insight into the many difficulties of navigating an altruistic vision via Facebook. Dire.