It was only a matter of time before OnlyFans went
OnlyFans has announced that it will ban sexually explicit content starting in October. The platform was not built specifically for porn but that has grown to be its most popular and visible use case, but pressure from “banking partners and payout providers” means the company will have to leave the adult content world behind and focus solely on SFW material going forward.via TechCrunch
The result? A lot of people with less opportunity to provide a meaningful income for themselves. This should surprise no one as we have, even recently, seen the outcomes of porn bans, like Tumblr:
Several users who were active in some of Tumblr’s largest communities told Business Insider their once-beloved platform has since become irrelevant, and has faded from their lives in the last year. Freelance artist Robin Harper, once a frequent Tumblr user, said the porn ban led to Tumblr’s “almost immediate fade into obscurity.”
“I’d spent so much time and energy accumulating my own fun little community of a few thousand people. I was frustrated and sad,” Harper told Business Insider. “The only time you ever hear about Tumblr anymore is when people talk about the day it ‘died’ due to the NSFW ban. Very few people I know still use it the way we all used to.”
We lost a lot of great art and artists along the way and I’m sad (but unsurprised) to hear that OnlyFans will head this way as well. Why? Money, of course. OnlyFans wants a “billion dollar valuation” and need to raise capital to get it (or the other way around). Makes sense, but sucks for the artists and creators. But, even more insidious are the downstream consequences:
“This is going to shatter a lot of people’s main source of income, the foundation of their entire business,” said Tristan West, who as dreamboytristan is a top creator of adult content on OnlyFans. “Me and a lot of people have got to do a lot of work to secure our business, move our assets, move our content to another platform. It’s not the end of the world, but this is a huge setback.”
“Thankfully, we have a couple months,” West said. “OnlyFans was the top platform in this market but they’re not the only one. It’s an opportunity for someone else to come around and do better for sex workers and online creators.”
I think there’s a lot of opportunity for the right platform to be able to serve artists (and their audiences / communities) in a decentralized / distributed fashion. But what folks really need are more options, more choices, so that they can evolve their own business and incomes as the internet (and metaverse) evolve.
I know this all-too-well as an independent, technology artist (“metacreator“) and will always need a platform that allows me to communicate and connect with my audience and community, as well as monetize my art for folks willing to buy it.
YEN should be an option for all artists of all types; that’s what makes the metaverse so unique and so great and let’s be honest: The differences and delineations between SFW or NSFW are getting harder to see, not because we don’t know where the boundaries are but because the boundaries are getting more fluid in the way that we engage with technology as a whole.
To put it another way, you’re just really one-click away from something that you might consider NSFW and the policing of that delta is impossible. Individual responsibility is kind of back in-style anyways, especially with the rise of crypto and bitcoin.
I think OnlyFans will go the way of Tumblr and that’ll be sad to see.
Using the Metaplatform for Sensitive Content
There are a number of fun and useful ways that folks have used YEN’s metaplatform but for sensitive art and content there are some powerful built-in workflows that just make it magic.
For starters, the platform is
free to use and has all the fundamentally-important communication workflows that any artist and business needs to function, especially in this decentralized and distributed world (more about that in a bit).
An artist and content (meta)creator can build
private rooms for their audience and community as well as private
direct messages for more intimate and personal conversations and transactions.
Here’s why YEN is the perfect, sustainable platform for artists and creators in the metaverse: There isn’t any payment gateway / system “lock-in” that fundamentally threatens artists and digital creators who may be considered on the “fringe” of societal conventions and norms. YEN provides a free, stable, consistent, and censorship-resistant communication / community platform while remaining flexible for an N-number of payment providers. Win.
Consent is funny (on the internet with payment processors):
In any case, YEN solves this.
Now, any creator can create a customized workflow from their public
Lobby into open and
public rooms to, eventually, more
private one-to-many or one-on-one experiences and encounters without payment processor short and long-term worries.
In these private conversations goods and services can be exchanged as well as the payment provider of choice, whether that’s Paypal, Venmo, Stripe, or even your favorite cryptocurrency and/or wallet — true freedom! Bitcoin anyone?!
The choice is ultimately up to artist and the buyer of the art and if one particular payment / gateway / banking system “deplatforms” them they can move to another payment solution quickly without losing their audience, community, and customers.
This is why YEN is becoming a defacto choice for defi / web 3.0-minded artists and creators who understand that it is their responsibility to build, for themselves, sustainable systems that enable them to generate a consistent income despite functional roadblocks, which are numerous and will continue to hamper and challenge artists everywhere.
Some folks follow this simple workflow:
- Create a YENIVERSE with just an email address.
- Share link to YENIVERSE on personal landing page / link page.
- Audience, community members, and customers enter into their
Lobbyand can venture into more public rooms as well as be personally invited to private rooms and/or experiences. Creators use these private rooms to curate and “diligence” potential paying customers.
- Artists can then communicate directly and privately with customers via
Direct Messagesand then they can determine a bespoke payment agreement for services and art.
- Delivery of art can be via another hosted or managed platform, like Dropbox, Giphy, private YouTube videos, or any other free hosting providers.
This is important because YEN doesn’t host any of this art natively but can accept links to free / paid content in any room (public, private, paid). YEN is fundamentally about communication and the delivery of value between avatars on the internet, whether those or anonymous, pseudonymous, or IRL and not about “locking” any creator into any particular payment process.
Connect and pay for art however you and your customers want. It seems so simple — and it really is! — but it requires a very different psychology, foundation of thought and product design.
OnlyFans failure is that when their customers leave they have lost not only their revenue but also their audience / community. But, if we can create antifragility on at least one side of the equation (communication platform) then we can successfully create sustainability, even if the revenue side of the equation goes sideways.
The reason that I know this is because I am an artist and my perennial struggle has been to continue to build revenue despite the changing financial instruments and systems that I have to (re)learn every few years, which I don’t mind but I’d rather not also lose my community in the process.
YEN solves that, finally.