To Follow or Not to Follow: The Farcaster Frame Dilemma

Exploring Solutions for Supporting Creators While Prioritizing User Choice

I want to talk about something that's been on my mind lately. You know those Frames on Farcaster that make you follow the creator before you can even try them out? Yeah, I'm not the biggest fan of those.

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm all about supporting Frame creators. I mean, I've made a few Frames myself, and one of them even reached 12K users! So, believe me, I understand the time and effort that goes into developing these things.

But here's the issue: when I'm scrolling through Farcaster, looking for some cool new Frames to check out, the last thing I want is to feel pressured into following someone before I even know if I'm into their style, you know?

And I'm not the only one who feels this way. My friend Samuel posted about it recently, and the Farcaster community was all over it, agreeing that this "follow first" approach kind of takes away from the experience. Like, let me see what you've got first, then I'll decide if I want to join your crew, you know what I mean?

But hey, I'm not just here to complain. I'm all about finding solutions. That's why I created this Frame that allows users to show some love to their favorite Frame creators without any of the awkward following. It's like a virtual "buy me a coffee" tip jar. And the best part? Any Frame developer can easily add it to their creation, no hassle.

I know it's not a perfect solution, but it's a start. We need to keep this conversation going and keep brainstorming ways to make this whole Frames ecosystem work for everyone involved. Because at the end of the day, we're all in this together, trying to make Farcaster the coolest spot on the internet.

So, my Ether friends, hit me with your thoughts. What's your take on this "follow first" situation? Got any great ideas on how we can make Frames awesome for both creators and users?

Reach out to me, send me a message, let's talk about it!

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