I asked yesterday if there were an alternative platform to Reddit. Someone mentoned to me a service known as voat.co. If you click on that link, here’s what you’ll see:
I can only imagine they are under a heavy load as people appear to be trying to flee Reddit in droves. At the bottom of the page they have a message abouting helping them out via Paypal or bitcoin, but I have another idea.
Why not begin a Kickstarter or GoFundMe project? If voat requries server upgrades, that’s probably the easiest way to accomplish that task. With all the acrimony that seems to be out there directed at Reddit at the moment, I am somehow certain voat could raise a large amount of money in a very short time.
I’m all for competition. I like the idea of being able to choose between several different services. I’d like to see more competition in other areas as well. Twitter is an example that comes to mind. When a company has a monopoly users start seeing what Twitter users have seen of the past year and of course, what Reddit is attempting now.
Want to “rock their world”? The user communty should be looking to support alternatives. With more competition, Internet services will be more likely to cater to their users. Sure, there are always going to be some rules of the road on the Internet highway, but companies will be less likely to impose their own political or social ideologies upon their users if those same users know there are other providers they can go that don’t impose any silly restrictions on them.
Is #RedditRevolt really serious or is it a flash-in-the-pan temper tantrum? Now’s the time to decide.