- Pro: You can publish the content where you like and pursue value from that content the way you see fit without any permission from us. (We would also be required to get express, written permission from you to use the content in any way beyond 8fold Link.)
- Con: You must own your content. We cannot be held liable for negative consequences beyond our direct control.
- Pro: You are the customer. The value we deliver is not to someone trying to get your attention, it's the products and services provided. Directly to you and potentially guided by you. We only collect and store information about you that is directly related to the operation of the products and services you use.
- Con: You are the customer. For certain features and capabilities, you will be required to "pay to play." The entry-level, free account is geared toward individual growth. Broadcasting (posting) for the world to see is limited with this account but still possible.
- Pro: We, the 8fold practitioners, answer to you and each other, rather than stakeholders not directly involved in our and your success.
- Con: You can't please all the people all the time. Same for us and for you.
- Pro: Your experience is not "tailored" to incentivize reaction, return, or any other type of particpation.
- Con: 8fold Link may seem relatively boring and chill, which you might actually find to be a pro.
- Pro: We don't gain directly from your popularity. There is no incentive for us to attract eyeballs.
- Con: There's no drive for us to market the content and pull people in.
- Pro: You interact with who you want, when you want.
- Con: The responsbility of avoiding falling into an echo chamber is in your hands.
- Pro: If you're a professional accountant under your legal name, who writes children's books on finances under a penname, and corporate espionage thrillers under another pseudonym you can have one account and manage three different personas for three different audiences.
- Con: A greater responsibility to govern, manage, and report negative interactions falls to you. (Own your content.)
When thinking of who 8fold Link would be helpful for, we thought about one of our practitioners who lived in their car for almost a year. Struggling to:
- continue doing freelance web development while
- working full-time on the US Census in order to
- pay student loans and
- rediscover who they were and who they wanted to become.
What products and services would have helped them accomplish those goals?
If we could build something that would help them and scales up and down as their means and desires do the same, whatever was built could certainly help most people, hopefully.