When Christopher Bouzy and the other Bot Sentinel folks said in late November or early December that the social media twitter-replacement they were bolding would be available in January, that seemed awfully ambitious to me.
But they said January and I guess they meant it. They are launching next week, so this seems like a good time to share an update:
We are launching Spoutible next week, and here is a preview of what you can expect.
Bot Sentinel Rating
Every profile and spout will display the user’s Bot Sentinel rating.
You can change the Spoutible user interface to a darker theme.
Verified Notable Accounts
On launch day, some accounts will be verified, aka blue checkmark, but will open the verification process to everyone shortly after.
You will see spouts from people you follow as soon as they are spouted. You control what you see in your feed, not us.
Users can edit spouts for up to 7 minutes and are allowed one edit. These limits are employed to mitigate abuse.
You can quote spouts from other users.
Users can send and receive private messages, and private messages are encrypted.
You can pin your spouts to your profile, but you can also pin other users’ spouts to your profile.
Enhanced blocking allows users to control their Spoutible experience and protect themselves from unwanted interactions.
You can delete abusive replies to your spouts. We have safeguards in place to prevent users from abusing the delete replies feature.
We have developed additional anti-abuse features to protect our users from targeted harassment and abuse.
Bot Sentinel powers Spoutible, and Bot Sentinel is a community-funded project. Neither Venture Capitalists nor billionaires are funding Spoutible’s development; ordinary people are.
Launching a social media platform that prioritizes the protection of its users from abuse and disinformation is an important and exciting endeavor. By using advanced moderation tools, privacy and security features, fact-checking tools, and transparency and accountability features, we strive to create a safe and trustworthy environment for our users. Our mission is to build a better and more informed social media platform where people can connect, share ideas, and stay informed without fear of abuse or disinformation.
We are excited about the launch of Spoutibe, and next week we will change social media together!
If you want to help Bot Sentinel and Spoutible, please consider contributing $5 today.
I’m looking forward to seeing what they’ve got.