By now, you’ve learned about the next phase of the FanBox revolution, and our transition into the public alpha of empowr.com.


I’m sure you all have questions, and are wondering what this exactly means for our community – including how empowr is different from FanBox.

In this post, I will do my best to explain exactly that.

What you will lose

First, let me take out any concerns from anyone that is worried that they might lose something, when they move to empowr.  Everything in your FanBox account, including your settings, balance and funds, blog posts, ads, power level, products and services for sale or that you have purchased, communications including your inbox messages and notifications, your success coach, network value and network gauges, controls and even your friends and fans will all be automatically imported for you when you are ready, so that you don’t miss a beat. You will lose nothing by moving to empowr.

What you will gain


As you know, each month FanBox asks every user to provide feedback on what they love about the platform, and what they would like to see improved.


That information has proven extremely valuable in helping us create one of the most inclusive communities online, and for the past 2 years the team and I have been working hard behind the scenes to give you more of what you love, and fix almost anything you wanted to see improved.


The result:


empowr is the purification of what we all love about FanBox. It’s simpler, more powerful, and most importantly, it’s built from the ground up to be even more empowering!

At empowr, you are no longer just a “user” of a platform, you are a “citizen” of the world’s first democratic social economy.

As you will see, below, everything about empowr has been designed from the ground up to give you more of one thing…


Freedom

Control of your experience


How empowr is different

 

On the surface, empowr seems simple and familiar. But every aspect of the platform has been meticulously redesigned to give every citizen as much control as possible.


Aesthetically, the first step to making this a reality, was to eliminate all of the wasted space that so many other social networks use to force undesired features (such as advertisements) on their users, or the navigation column on the left, that 99% of the time you are not using.  


As you can see from the image above, ads have been removed from the right side of the homepage, and the left navigation is collapsed when it isn’t being used. As soon as you point to it with your mouse, it opens, and closes when you no longer need it.

This gives you the freedom to use empowr how you want to…  you get more control over your screen to enjoy your feed and view multiple stories at once – and this is so important because on empowr, now more than ever, your time is money.

Your Balance


Your balance is now accessible from every page on the site…

How empowr is different

 

…and it has been re-designed to more quickly give you the information that you really want to know – “how much of my balance can I use right now”:


How empowr is different

 

Improved Usability


Interacting and relationship management with other citizens is now much easier and quicker on empowr.


You will notice immediately whether another user has done more for you, or you have done more for them based on the color (red, yellow, or green) of the crescent on the top left of their profile photo anywhere on the empowr platform.


By rolling over their photo from anywhere, you can then get a complete breakdown of where you stand, and what you can do to “go green” with them.

How empowr is different

Simplicity


One of the most requested improvements from the community has been to simplify the learning curve – to make it easier to use the platform and quicker to become productive members of the community.


Because of that, we’ve spent a great deal of time simplifying everything on empowr, which includes the creation of a comprehensive set of video tutorials that explain how empowr works, and what you need to do to achieve success on the platform.


Get a better understanding of how the empowr business model works by visiting: http://empowr.com/socnet/Business.aspx


Then, once you have your empowr account, you can learn what you need to do to succeed by going to your homepage, clicking the “Learn How” button and following the short video tutorials located there:

How empowr is different

Even more freedom


One of the most important aspects of freedom, is having the ability to spend more time doing what you enjoy, with the people you care most about.


With that in mind, empowr has been designed from the ground up for you to get more out of it, by spending less time on empowr.


You heard that correctly: empowr is the first social network that wants you to spend less time on it, while all the other social networks pat themselves on the back and show off their statistics to the media about how good they have become at taking time away from their users.  


That approach makes little sense for us, because in our business model, we judge ourselves on how much we can give our citizens -- along with how little we take from our citizens – because when users spend their limited time on any platform, it is taking them away from other valuable things they could be doing with their lives, such as spending quality time with their friends, family, hobbies and other passions.


To enable empowr citizens to spend less time on empowr -- without losing their income potential -- we are placing limits on the number of posts that each can citizen can make in any day – that will count towards their earnings.  

 

To be clear, empowr citizens can still post unlimited photos, videos, status updates and videos, but there will be a limit on how many of them will actually count toward their earnings.  

 

If you are worried that this limit will cause you to earn less, don’t be! You will not earn less, because the same pool of earnings will still be shared daily.  And, since everyone will operate under the same limits, that just means that you will earn more for each post you make – instead of have to compete with people that are willing to spend 18 hours a day (or more) posting on the site.

 

The daily limit will vary based on Power Level.  As you Power Level goes up, so will your daily post limit- to ensure you can earn more as your Power Level increases.

 

 

 

Summary of benefits of this approach


Because everyone in the same Power Level has the same post limits (that count towards their earnings) and that daily limit increases as your Power Level increases, the following benefits occur:

  1. Less time spent “working” - the amount that you earn will not go down, but the time it takes to earn each day will go down
  2. Quality of posts will increase – a decreased focus on quantity means people will focus more on quality not quantity. Remember, your best posts get shared again and again, creating more views and earnings, so now more than ever, it will make the most sense to focus on quality posts.
  3. Equal playing field – everyone’s time is now worth the same since volume will be a much less important factor for achieving success
  4. Earn more per post – since the same pool of earnings is being distributed each day, everyone earns more, on average, per post

Again, to be clear, there will no limits placed on the amount of photos, blog posts, status updates and videos you can post daily; the limitation is only on the number of daily posts that count towards your earnings.


The limiting feature will not be live immediately at launch of empowr, but will be introduced within a few weeks of launch.

 

More citizen power and control of empowr


As JC mentioned in his post yesterday, the time has come for us to develop our constitution.


Shortly after launching, Yale University professor of political science, Hélène Landemore, and her team at Yale will be working to guide the process of crowdsourcing our constitution. This process enables each of you to have the opportunity to share your thoughts on the fundamental principles according to which empowr will be governed.

To aid in the development of the constitution and ensure our community is headed in the right direction, we have also built advisory boards consisting of some of the world’s top political scientists and economists. Their knowledge has already proven to be incredibly invaluable as we continue to build our fledgling community and open up to the rest of the world.

Move around freely

Last, but definitely not least, I’m happy to present to you the new empowr mobile apps -- for both iPhone and Android mobile phones and tablets!

How empowr is different                How empowr is different

 

You will soon be free to accomplish nearly everything that you can do on empowr from a desktop PC – through your mobile phone or tablet as well - making it easier than ever before for you to make the most of your time.

Both mobile apps are being completed as a high priority. Most of the web site features have been developed for the apps, and if an action cannot be performed through the app yet, you will automatically be directed to the mobile website until that functionality is also achieved through the apps.

Summary


With empowr, you are truly free to earn from wherever you want to be (instead of being tied to a PC)…


….  spending more time with whomever you enjoy the most and doing whatever you wish to be doing -- instead of posting a seemingly unlimited number of items just to compete with the next guy…


… using a cleaner, more intuitive design, built from the ground up to make the actions that you use the most both easier and quicker


… within a platform that is even more democratic, with the world’s most knowledgeable experts on your side, ensuring your rights and economic opportunities, are both optimized and better protected.


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empowr is truly a major step forward for our community, and I can’t wait for you all to have the opportunity to sign in and try it for yourselves.


Very soon, President Martin will be announcing the process and timeline as to when you can begin importing your FanBox account over to empowr.


Then, and only after you bless the empowr system, and we fix any issues that you find, will we allow new citizens to join empowr.com.


In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the history of the empowr project, watch these documentaries: http://www.empowr.com/BigPicture


Thank you all for your patience and support over the last few years – we are about to accomplish amazing things together!

280 Comments

Amit M

Cool lets read it gain

22 months ago
Love Finder

Wow great one if we will loose nothing. Lets check new things thats are going to happen.
Best of luck for every one.

22 months ago
Rose *myaseen*

nice upgradation in system to empower

22 months ago
Amada Marcelino

Oh, i am so excited to see the new pages of empowr, hehehe

22 months ago
Tita Tanta Muntean

Informatii foarte utile sper ca in scurt timp sa primim si alte informatii.Sper ca noua inbunatatire sa fie un lucru bun pentru noi totii sa ajute la o mai buna lucrare in comunitate o zi buna

22 months ago
Angela Jurmoni

Thank you, Martin. I was waiting for your post to see and understand better the news. I like the new site and I'm certain you have found the best solution to bring FanBox at an upper level. It's exciting to make history, isn't it?

22 months ago
Dang Van Viet

I expect to cash out at empowr problem! Hopefully it will be easier!
Congratulations!

22 months ago
Muhammad Arshad Niazi

Welcome empowr, looks very great and I am sure it will work greatest. Now I have only one word "waiting"

22 months ago
Eduardo Orpilla

Thank you Sir President..

22 months ago
Amit M

CAP on Like and comment etc .. is really going to a major pillar for Empowr success, however if citizen should have option to take 2 days weekly off +11 leaves yearly (on those days they will not earn but they will not loose because daily amount spent for PU will get credited as part of earning on those days ).

We need some more time to spend out money which we get from empowr :)

BTW Get the bigger picture made me Crazy!!! Hats off to you guys~!

Br
Amit

22 months ago
Asif Iqbal

Excellent and good designs of empowr. thanks for the great features of empowr

22 months ago
M. Vicky

great improvement is coming so get ready every one

22 months ago
Shehreyar10 (Free Consultant)

Thank you for share cant wait any more. Have a great Sunday to every one.

22 months ago
M()()b Yan Smile

Thanks Brian :)
>>>>... •*´¨`*• Awesome update .•*´¨`*•...
i♥FanBox

22 months ago
George Neacsu

Thank you Mr. President! This is really cool and I am looking forward the new platform. Let's see all in empowr!

22 months ago
Gerald Belanigue

Great innovation from FanBox. I`m excited to try the meticulously redesigned platform of FanBox. Welcoming Empowr!

22 months ago
Tong Quang Hieu

Exciting news! Thanks Martin!

22 months ago
Tuyền Hai

anh có thể cho em biết nội dung cơ bản của blog này ko ạ?~
Ưm ko cop để dịch được!

22 months ago
Angela Costin

Just amazing! You guys did a wonderful work and I am extremely happy to be part of this.

22 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

This is really great phase of this community.

22 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

Hi Brian,

Can FanBox create Empowr Mobile apps for Windows phone?

thanks

22 months ago
Brian C Woosley

Kong,
As with anything, new features and functionality come into place based on the demands of the citizens. Overwhelmingly, people asked for Android and IPhone apps - so we focused on those to start. Once we get those working well, we can then start to focus on additional apps and/or functions within the apps. So it just depends on how strong the demand for Windows phone is.

22 months ago
Le Thanh Kong

Thank you, Brian. I understand this point.

22 months ago
***Iftikhar ****

Just awesome. Thanks team for all your great work to empower all the community members.

22 months ago
Edwin C.w. Leung

Empowr looks cool. Looking forward for the launch.Thanks for the update.

22 months ago
Massimo Marras

thanks President Mertin for this update about empwr system.

22 months ago
Mohammad Hafiz

If the post limitations don't hamper daily desired earning for a power level then it will be really good. But I am feeling bad about this. May be earning will drop eventually. BTW, waiting to explore that personally

22 months ago
* Shahzad *

Thank you Brian...! This is so cool and so excited to try #empowr . You guys did a great job...! Congratulations and thanks to all #FanBox team ...! [_]ヽ(•‿• )

22 months ago
Roman Holice

It looks very interesting, more time for people and also a new mobile apps. Thanks for the update.

22 months ago
Deborah Rolon

Awesome! :))) Can't wait ! This is so exciting! :)))))

22 months ago
Edwin Edwards

Great News ,Cant wait to move the next level.

22 months ago
Farooq Jan

thanks for update its looking cool

22 months ago
Catharina Claessens

Thank Brian for the update.
can hardly wait to move to empowr :)

22 months ago
Silas Zakariah

Hi, President Brian, good to hear from you again. Please when we finally move to empowr, give every Citizen the opportunity to appraise the performance of the President, cos some issues in fanbox were not receiving prompt attention. This is very disheartening. Thanks sir.

22 months ago
Brian C Woosley

Silas, you have the ability to appraise the performance of the president every month when you fill out the feedback survey. Every single responses is read through and analyzed so that we can prioritize the needs and desires of the community. Be sure to fill that out every month, as we do take every single person's opinion into account and then balance that by the overall desires of the community.

22 months ago
Khaleeq Ahmed

Hi Brain,

Thanks for the brief introduction of Empowr and some major difference between FanBox and Empowr, I believe a new world open for us and when new citizenship starts a revolution come in the field of social media.

Waiting for the time when Empowr open.

Khaleeq A Ch.

22 months ago
Tam Dieu

Great news about great change. What we waiting will be in empowr. Thank President cabinet a lot, thank for your listenning us and working hard to make our webside more progress...

22 months ago
Manjot Singh

Thanks Martin! It's great change. Thanks again for the all teams for its aesthetic look ;)

22 months ago
Soumitra Bhattacharjee

Thanks for the update and information.

22 months ago