Hush is an anonymous social sharing website that has grown to over 750 users in three weeks.
Lately, a web app called Hush started making its rounds around the Internet. A school project touting itself to be “the incognito mode Facebook never had”, Hush has grown quite fast over the past few weeks particularly for a school project. In less than three weeks, they have grown to over 750 users, and more than 30,000 page views. Below is a short interview with Div, one of the creators of Hush.
What is Hush about?
Hush is an anonymous social sharing website, and is now in a public beta. Think of it as the incognito mode Facebook never had–that is, you can have discussions with your friends, but without having it being loaded down with extraneous personal information.
The open communication model allows uncomfortable topics to be handled in an easy, clean and friendly way.
Anonymity is a vital underpinning of the right to free speech.
It is a trivially known fact that humans are often silenced by the ramifications of harboring an unpopular opinion-be they due to the reactions of governance bodies, or of a more informal nature from friends, family and the like. Even worse is the anticipatory self-censorship that we often engage in, in light of even the possibility of said ramifications. Therefore, there’s a necessity for an anonymous platform to discuss numerous topics. Or for that matter, even to air certain opinions about a number of topics.
So what is the grand vision behind Hush?
The goal here is content. We don’t want users to be worried about the consequences of their opinions on their socio-personal lives. Previously, you couldn’t publicly complain about your sponsors. You couldn’t publicly protest against your employer. You’d find it hard to give discomforting feedback to people you know.
Well, you could. But at best, to random people who happened to be trawling a forum, which means you’d miss out on the discussion with the people whose thoughts & opinions you care about the most–your friends.
So what do you think? Is this something you will use?
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