Have you ever had the urge to find a place on the Internet where everyone just gets you — a place where debate is engaging, trolls are moderated out, and there’s emphasis on thoughtful sharing?
It sounds super-unrealistic, but it might not be. Hubub is a new social platform that literally integrates the best elements of your favourite social media platforms and divides content up into editable “Hububs,” or, in non-lingo, topics. So, not only is it like your favourite social media platforms like Tumblr, Reddit, Pinterest, Flipboard, Twitter and Facebook, it’s an information curator, like Wikipedia, too.
Okay, so there’s a new platform on the block, so what? Well, it’s built for you and your interests, whatever they may be. Do you like soup? There’s literally a place to discuss just soup. How about, um, sex? You into that? Then you’ll love the sex page! The beauty of Hubub is in its versatility–each category page can be customized to include polls, debates, videos and photos. You’re essentially creating a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in, well, an interest.
But how do you ensure you’re getting quality information? So, there are always a few things to consider with information on the web: who is the source, is this a hoax and has the story been fact-checked and verified? Hubub designer Trevor Alexander tells us that in designing Hubub, he and his team were cognizant of the role of the troll in the 21st century experience. “Each category is moderated by those who control the subject (for example, we’ve got our finger on celebrity style), and they determine what populates the space,” he says. If someone is blatantly trying to stir things up, or the information is incorrect or duplicitous, moderators vote down the content. “It takes about 7 or so up-votes for a submission to pass through,” Alexander adds. “You’d need to rally quite a few of your troll buddies to make any real movement.”
So, it’s like Reddit, except down-voted content isn’t visible at all, it’s left on the cutting room floor. That could come in handy, since there’s enough bad science and information out there to fill a developed country.
New users can start their journey by tapping into curated news feeds, but content creators Sofia Osowski and Rakel Helboe tell us that there’s a clear front-runner for the site’s most active user-base: sports fans. “Everyone has their team,” says Osowski. “Fans just want to talk to other fans, and conversations have just picked up like crazy.” That’s all well and good, but will you be a Hubub user? (A Habubber? A Habubby? A Hubba Bubba?)