JellyChip has been undergoing big changes over the past two months and that's a good thing. I'm really happy with our progress and I think we've been making huge leaps and bounds in building the necessary features to attract people to the network. World-changing features that are built right into the core of JellyChip.
But it's funny. It wasn't always this way. I know last year was a struggle and the year before that was a period of intense discovery.
But that's now in the past and there is nothing stopping us this year. We want to make JellyChip the greatest social network in the world and I think we are in our own right to dream that. A social network that actually makes a positive difference and a platform where people get to feel good about themselves. No matter how they dress, or how they look, how they define their sexuality, or how many friends they have.
The social network of the future is one where people feel good about themselves again and start believing in the power of positivity. One that is inclusive and one that is representative of everyone. One that makes a difference in the world. JellyChip as a social network wants to capture that sense of uniqueness among people and allow them to change their own world right here, right now.
The amount of times I have been struck with intense loneliness on social networks like Facebook is numerous. To see your many friends post a litany of things about themselves, their achievements, their accomplishments, their emotions and journeys. To see friends you once added on Facebook back in 2007 grow up and have kids, and to witness this virtually, is just so strange. To see their life like this is also rather fake. I had 1,394 friends at my last count on Facebook and it was only once I removed them did I see that Facebook is just an algorithm for building friendships. This is just my experience though so results may vary.
That said, I started the year by removing 1,394 connections from my Facebook profile. Maybe this was selfish, maybe this wasn't. But it taught me a lesson to make real friends and not live vicariously through a virtual platform, unless that platform benefits others in a way I can't do by myself. Here I mean charity. Of course, I still maintain some friendships outside of Facebook but now things certainly feel different.
Ironically I still use Facebook to post JellyChip updates like this one but I am committed more than ever to create a social network that is different. Social networks like Facebook have become distorted social places set far apart from the mission they maybe once set themselves on. Perhaps it was the introduction of ads, perhaps it was the huge investments placed in those companies to change and become something else.
I look at JellyChip and I see something special. It's an incredibly rough diamond, but there is something there, something embedded in this idea of free giving. And the desire for people to join forces in changing the world. And the desire for people to make true friendships around this idea. I like this a lot and believe it has the potency in perhaps one day becoming something big. But let's continue to work now on the small details and realise this dream together.
Talk about long roads ahead!