Politically themed social community Roust launches iOS app
Launched final July as “a social community for connecting with others to debate polarizing subjects corresponding to politics, faith and social points,” Roust releases their first iOS app immediately to offer members of their community one other approach to join and talk about subjects.
Given the loopy political yr we’re having within the USA, the timing couldn’t be higher for one thing like this. I applaud Roust’s efforts to maintain political bombasts out of my Fb feed by making an attempt to redirect them to a rant-tastic community made only for them.
The very first thing that involves thoughts when contemplating this app is clearly the Sean Parker-backed community referred to as Brigade that launched just a bit forward of Roust. At first look Roust seems to be type of a poor man’s Brigade…rather less fancy, rather less glitzy. It additionally doesn’t have the identical voting or recruiting motifs as Brigade. There’s noticeably much less exercise.
However there’s additionally one thing type of genuine and conversational about Roust. The stripped down design is extra informal and fewer about voting and selecting sides. You possibly can merely submit up one thing you are feeling strongly about and other people can converse within the security of understanding they will reply with out restraint. It doesn’t should be a political dialog both and Roust screens to maintain trolling at bay. It kind of jogs my memory of message boards from again within the day.
Plus, these guys are bootstrapped and never backed by a bazillionaire like Sean Parker so it’s comprehensible that their creation won’t be fairly as slick at this level. It looks like they made this to fulfill what they really feel are unmet wants of the sphere of social media. I feel they’ve an honest concept to deliver conversations to a spot the place you, as founder Mark LaFay has already been quoted, “know what you’re moving into.”
Will probably be fascinating to see if this could go someplace.