The same question holds true for a multitude of platforms that we use today – be it Reddit, Quora, or Wikipedia. All of these had some early users who were, in the beginning, only discussing certain topics and might have held very specific views on these.
Whenever we speak about businesses or communities that work on networks, there are two things that I believe are essential pre-requisites for ensuring the right escape velocity for things to take off, be it sanctity, confirmation, usability and sustainability
Test of time (aka Lindy effect, used by Mr. N.N. Taleb)
In our context…
Network effect -
A standard in economic evaluation, but this holds true for information dissemination/discussion platforms. As more people flow in to a news platform or discussion forums (for e.g.), the range of ‘opinions’ will increase – however, if the users flocking to the platform continues to increase, it is a strong signal of quality, variability and reliability, all of which signal increase in interest for non-users. Thus, increasing usage will further normalize content/opinion i.e. content might range in extremes for some topics (for e.g. crypto ban in India) while could be consistent for others (for e.g. # of bitcoins mined by 2140). With this normalization, more users will flock to the platform (stronger network effects) and thus we enter perpetual normalization mode, further ensuring stronger (diversity + quality + reliability)
To summarize – Network effects mean outcome upsides when additional users/customers come in. For content curation platforms (such as TruStory), if participants keep on increasing, it can solve for content reliability, opinion diversity and quality
Test of time aka Lindy effect
Lindy effect is a concept that the future life expectancy of some non-perishable things like a technology or an idea is proportional to their current age, so that every additional period of survival implies a longer remaining life expectancy (coined by Mr. NN Taleb in his writing)
In our context, if Trustory keeps on surviving i.e. keeps on building a community with a unified ambition over longer periods of time, it sustains for a longer time in future. The longer it sustains in future, longer is the pursuit for network effects and the implied benefits network effects can bring in.
Test of time will ensure users are liking the platform, enjoying the community, come here often to get their ‘crypto health check’ and in nutshell, are well incentivized in their relationship with TruStory. To summarize, I think with time and more users, the problem will solve for itself. Lindy is very critical though.