I agree, Podcasts and Newsletters (functionaly blogs) give me great hope and are some of the best digital content I find these days. Main comerical social networks remain wastelands.

From the Creator of Ruby on Rails, Founder & CTO at Basecamp & HEY:

“There’s something incredibly beautiful about the rise of both podcasts and newsletters in an age dominated by the walled gardens of big tech. Two basic forms of distribution that rely not on proprietary platforms, but on free and open standards, devoid of corporate lock-in "