It’s that time of the year again, Chivers. In the interest of full transparency with our community, I grab a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and give you all the project runway for 2018 on theCHIVE, and look back on the year that was. I’ve been doing this for a long time now, theCHIVE turns 10 years old next year (holy shit). But as quickly as the internet has evolved, some things have changed very little – the conversation with our audience has remained open and honest since the beginning, for better or worse. There’s a healthy mix of both in here today.

But, first!

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Ok, now we’re ready.

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2017 was a year that saw Chive Charities give more grants than any other year in our 5-year history. This year we will give over $2 Million to our veterans and the orphaned causes of the world. We will have helped the victims of two hurricanes, being the first on the ground in Refugio, Texas, serving 5,000 warm meals a day to victims of Hurricane Harvey. We donated $25,000 to help Wesley House Family Services in the Florida Keys, after Irma flattened their foster homes and put their preschool for low-income kids out of commission.

All in, we’ve now donated over $10 Million to charity. And we did it all with class. In an uncertain world, with headwinds blowing fast and hard, charity has been our bedrock.

Chive Nation is the class of the internet. And now I owe our community those things you’ve been asking for for quite some time. Yes, your iCHIVE enhancements are coming soon…

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iCHIVE has been one of the most pleasant surprises we’ve had this year. And many of you have heard me use the phrase “I’m not a babysitter” when it comes to some of your complaints. In truth, I believe iCHIVE is a great social experiment. I chose to take a light-touch approach, because I’ve seen too many mistakes made by my contemporaries, like Kevin Rose at Digg, whose heavy-handed approach to social aggregation models caused the community to suffer.

The community most prove the model, not the mods. Some of you may disagree with that approach, and the criticism is somewhat fair. But iCHIVE has doubled in size with the inmates running the asylum, and we’re going to give you some air support to make it really hum in 2018. New features include:

• Easier navigation on homepage overall
• Bring back video submissions that can score the ‘Dopamine Dump’
• Adding new trending subcategories including Humor, Hotness, and Humanity
• Bigger better badges and rewards, more ways to earn points!
• Bring back the RAK. You’ll be able to RAK a friend a gift via their personalized wish list from theCHIVERY. You can even RAK somebody using your points!

At the end of the year, top Chivers will be able to cash in their points for BIG REWARDS – paid travel to theCHIVE HQ, Green Gala, meetups, etc… Power users will get the goods!

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To your “We want more real Chivettes” argument: so would we! We’d love to make every gallery a Chivette gallery, but that’s just not how it works, there are only so many Chivettes. So if you’re feeling like a Sexy Chiver, go to iCHIVE and join the revolution. Also, more Niece in 2018. If Niece ain’t broke, don’t fix her, ya’ know?

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Two days ago, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya, who helped build the company, completely confirmed my theory in a now-viral video. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created [at Facebook] are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up. We knew what we were doing, I feel tremendous guilt about the company I helped make.”

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Chamath admitted you’re being “programmed” to return to the Facebook mothership, rather than freely exploring the internet. To hasten their masterplan, Facebook has dialed publishers’ “Organic Reach” down below 1%, compared to 100% just 3 years ago. Seen theCHIVE in your newsfeed lately? Probably not. You’re seeing only what Facebook wants you to see now, rather than a page you liked.

There are some out there who will actually refuse to believe this. That is the equivalent to saying you don’t believe cigarettes aren’t addictive. If we do nothing, in 3 years your entry point to the internet will be Facebook, and everything you discover, everything you think online, indeed the internet as you know it, will be dictated only by Facebook. You will wake up everyday craving the fix like a morning cigarette.

And the man who helped Zuckerberg design his Deathstar has confirmed exactly this.

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We have to wake up now. Facebook is swallowing the internet whole, but we refuse to let theCHIVE be on the menu. We choose, instead, to fight the dark side. The #1 way to fight back is to subscribe to theCHIVE’s ad-free experience. If you haven’t experienced theCHIVE this way, imagine your favorite pillow the moment you turn it over – it’s like that.

And I’m making it FREE today. No charge, just try it out for two weeks and enjoy a liberating Chive experience. If you don’t love it, you lose nothing at all. Subscribe and join the internet rebellion.

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To counter Facebook, we have evolved quickly to become self-reliant. Last year, during my State of the Union, I told you to look out for CHIVE TV in 2017. I’ll be honest, most people thought it was kinda silly. But I remember watching CHIVE TV with Bill, Mr. anti-establishment himself, who said, “Resig, you do a lot of dumb things, this isn’t one of them.” Last month, CHIVE TV won Digiday’s Best Brand Platform in America, the most coveted award in tech. Since then, we have turned down all media requests, focusing inward on our family-run business. All media inquiries were met with the single response, “We only care about our Chive community, nothing else matters.”

How do we continue focusing on our community? By doing more dumb things of course…

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We are thinking about doing an actual Camp KCCO with Chive Nation this summer. Three days of outdoor antics, Chivettes, and BBQs. We remain undecided over here… chime in if you think we should do this?

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I consider theCHIVE to be my life’s work – Leo and I have refused every offer to sell out that’s ever crossed our desks for a reason. I believe that independence is a whole lot more fun than being owned. I also think it’s wise to ensure the longevity of theCHIVE for the next 10 years, and that is more dependent on you than it is me. Subscribe for 2 weeks free and help keep theCHIVE independent.

Every Friday in December, hundreds of Chivers join me, Mac, and the Mrs. Santa Clauses at theCHIVE HQ to do what we’ve always done – raise a glass, make new friends, and come together as a community. This is a family thing and we have never been more focused than we are now.

As always, I hope you appreciate the Jack Daniel’s-fueled transparency. I’ll be in the comments to answer any questions you might have.

KCCO,

John

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