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The past few years have been a bit of a dark age for budding social media startups. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snap and messenger apps took up all the time of their users, leaving little room for yet another social media platform.
But the tide is shifting. Privacy scandals have shaken some users’ faith giants like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and users have grown fatigued by the constant onslaught of #content.
Basement - Startup - Users - Network
Basement, a YC-backed startup, is looking to give users a new, simpler social network.
Basement allows users to only add up to 20 friends on the network. Cofounders Fernando Rojo and Jeremy Berman said they waited around for someone to build something like Basement after seeing their own friend groups migrate most of their communication to messenger apps from Facebook and other social networks.
Basement - Filters - Influencers - Hope - Users
On Basement, there are no filters or influencers. The hope is that users share with the people they actually want to share with.
It uses a feed-based system for sharing, letting users share content to their 20 friends. Users can also share to a smaller group of friends by tagging them, which limits the viewership to only mutual friends of those tagged.
Users - Friends - Comments - Friend - Post
Users who are friends can see one another’s comments on a mutual friend’s post. However, comments left by non-friends will always appear anonymous.
Alongside the main feed, Basement also has a meme feed, letting users choose from the internet’s top trending memes to share to their friend group.
Course - Basement - Startup - Idea - Network
Of course, Basement isn’t the first startup to try out the idea of a close-friends social network. Path was founded by...
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