We've made some incredible progress this month on the product in preparation for Twitter's strict new enforcement rules that will be going live on December 18th. Twitter will be judging user behavior both on and OFF of their website. Meaning if you visit another website that they don't like or show "support" for groups they don't like, you can get banned. This unprecedented level of censorship and blacklisting of groups from the public square is unlike anything in history and will be a huge opportunity for Gab.
In just 30 days we've been able to reserve $738,000 in our ICO Test The Waters Campaign. We expect the ICO to go live in Q1 2018. This will be one of the first Regulation A+ ICO's in history and will once again allow our users to become owners in Gab as we continue to take on the Silicon Valley elite and Big Social. If you want to reserve your investment you can do so now by visiting our testing the waters campaign page. No exchange of money or bitcoin happens yet, this is simply a way to reserve your spot for when the ICO goes live. Our last campaign was oversubscribed by hundreds of thousands of dollars and filled up very quickly, so be sure to reserve early.
In just the last few weeks alone we've shipped:
- Creator Monetization tools like tipping and premium subscriptions for exclusive content
- A totally revamped direct message system
- Reply and repost counters
- Improved search results
- An on boarding experience that walks new users through the entire product
- Native GIF uploading
- A completely redesigned Android app, version 2.0
- Plenty of bug fixes!
We hope you all have a wonderful and safe holiday season.
I never signed on for Twatter and gave up Fecesbook early in the game. There's too much room for abuse; the other day some frustrated Canadian was venting his spleen and made an angry tweet about wanting to 'blow Justin Turdo's head off' - and the next thing ya know the RCMP arrested him and charged him with uttering threats. Who knows what else you can say that if, taken out of context years or months later - can be used against you? You'd think our courts would have better things to do.
I signed up for Gab but I never use it. The problem I have with Gab is that there's more than a few nutters that probably DO want to kill people - lots of 'em - and who wants to rub shoulders with guys like that? And - there's more than a few genuine racists there too. (I steadfastly refuse the 'racist' label for myself. I don't hate people for their skin colour, I hate them based on what they do and say and that is as legal as church on Sunday, much as the lefties would disagree with that. Screw them - I hate them too, HAR HAR HAR! HAR HAR HAR!)
I like that Gab is standing up to Twitter and is a raised middle finger to the censors and the scolds and nannies, but I hate like hell for them to be the justification for those things too. Freedom of speech is an incredibly intricate topic; there's a lot of ins-and-outs about it that we all really, really need to think about.