Since 2017, we’ve been running Gobo.social as an experiment with you, the social media user, to explore how you could control what you see on platforms. Instead of Facebook’s algorithm or Twitter’s trending topics, you get to choose how the information from all of the people you follow is filtered.
We have some new ideas about how users could have more control over their social media feeds. We also know that the last version of Gobo, while it gave users cool new powers, was slow and sometimes hard to use. We’re working on a new architecture which should make Gobo a more practical tool for every day use.
Gobo will be offline as we transition the tool from the MIT Center for Civic Media to the University of Massachusetts Initiative for Digital Public Infrastructure. Gobo will be different when it’s back online — better, too! — and we can’t wait until you can start using it.
So, if you are a long time user of Gobo, we’re looking forward to having you back for the shiny, new version 2.0. If you’re new to Gobo, thanks for coming to check it out, and we’re excited to have you come back and sign up to use it when the new version is ready. To receive updates about Gobo, sign up for our newsletter: