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    Lightbulb Steal this idea and profit! (Meme social media platform)

    I just had a brain-flash. Somebody in the liberty movement might be able to turn it into a reality (and profit), but I certainly won't.

    One-sentence summary: A social-media platform oriented primarily around meme-sharing. (No, this is not Twitter; AFAIK, this doesn't already exist)

    One paragraph summary: Twitter organizes its feeds to encourage its users to share short-form comments. Instagram does the same but with photos. TikTok does the same but with videos. And so on. The market value of these companies primarily derives from ad revenues and data-mining their users. There is no reason this same model cannot be applied to building a platform that is oriented primarily for sharing of memes. To be market-viable, it would have to draw on the same kind of revenue-sources as any other social-media platform. Most other features could work in a similar way, with channel subscriptions/following/liking/etc. The user interface would be designed in a way to make sharing of memes the default behavior. Other kinds of posts (like tweets) may be possible, but would not be the default. Helper features such as meme backgrounds and text-overlay, and simplified two-layer image editing would be built-in. It should be possible to copy/paste a line-drawing from one meme into another in a matter of a couple minutes for a typical user on a typical phone.


    I could see this potentially being bolted onto an existing platform like Gab but I'm not sure that it would really be a value-add. The platform sells into the market based on its user-base, not necessarily its "features". When you think about it, social-media apps basically have no features beyond an edit box and a photo-cropping tool. It's all back-end. But the point is, if you already have a back-end for a social-media platform like Gab, this app could just be another instance running on that back-end, but present itself as a separate app to users.

    Either way (bolting on to an existing back-end or building out a fresh back-end), I think that a platform like this could generate significant traffic (thus revenue) because it would not only be interesting to conservatives. I think it would appeal more to conservatives but I think there are many other "channels" of people out there who would want to just subscribe to see memes rolling in on some pet topic of theirs. Content-control could become a nightmare but there are some pretty good machine-learning based porn-filter packages that could be used to instantly reject the really gnarly stuff.

    Steal this idea and profit!
    Jer. 11:18-20. "The Kingdom of God has come upon you." -- Matthew 12:28

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    Quote Originally Posted by mokhtariadis View Post
    It doesn’t look that new because there are meme accounts on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter and meme channels on Telegram. Why would people want to choose an entirely different social media just to watch memes?
    The main thread I frequent on RPF is the Pictures thread (memes). Not saying the other content has no value, but if you were to boil it down to just one thread, it would be the memes. I don't think I'm the only one.

    Also, it’s not easy to determine what is a meme and what isn’t.
    That's more of the content-moderation side of things, IOW, "determining what is a meme or not" is not part of the value-prop. There are plenty of imgflip-style websites out there already. The idea would be to allow people to create dedicated meme-feeds, channel-aggregators, etc. (curated meming, basically) and subscribe to those feeds that they like (and see memes only from them). You can't easily stop people from just sharing photos of the sunset but it also doesn't hurt anything unless they're trying to DDoS your platform with sunset photos or something. But that's a backend matter that any platform has to cope with, it's not part of the value-prop.
    Jer. 11:18-20. "The Kingdom of God has come upon you." -- Matthew 12:28

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