Snip.City was birthed from the public frustration with the leading social networks that are conventionally designed primarily around advertising, the monetization of user data and the psychological manipulation of people into spending as much time as possible on their website. Leaving user experience and satisfaction as an afterthought, they concern themselves strictly with being the most reputable players in the market and expect that users will continue to use their services no matter what.
The public is also frustrated with the lack of a decent alternative; with the inability to partake in online social interaction without giving up your basic human right to privacy; with the inability to connect with a friend without ending up wasting endless hours of your day on social media; with their constant "Look what these people are up to!" notifications that you have zero interest in but end up clicking on regardless out of curiosity or boredom; with the constant regulation of innocent interactions that are misinterpreted as malicious, resulting in your posts, your ability to post, or even your entire account getting removed unjustly; with the constant, on-demand reward system that they create with their "likes" and "reactions", that leave you stuck in a feedback loop- always coming back for more.
Snip.City was also birthed from the inspiration of similarly privacy-conscious communication tools like Telegram and Signal, as well as the disruptive efforts of up and coming companies like Floatplane. These successful efforts inspire us and give us hope that there is indeed an interest and a place for a new, privacy-conscious internet. If we don't built it, who will? The corporations surely won't.
But what's to stop us from becoming the same, you might be wondering. The answer to that is very simple. We decided to eliminate all profit-motive by launching Snip.City as a non-profit. We also do not intend to take on any investors. This way, we can stay true to our ideals and cannot be swayed by numbers or external influences.
Of course, this presents its own set of challenges. As we still have expenses, man hours and staff. To cover these, we've decided to opt for a donations-only business model. We don't want to force anyone to pay anything. We only want your money if it comes willingly out of love, support and a shared passion for our goal. To supplement this, we've also decided to make a few "perks" available for sale, such as a @snip.city email address or seller accounts. We do not and will not place any of our basic services behind a paywall. If we implement additional quality of life services that we have to pay for, we might pass those costs on to our users.
With all of these frustrations in mind, it was clearly laid out to us what not to do. We decided to focus on privacy, user experience and productivity.
Join us in our revolution for a safer, more private internet that puts us, the users, before money or corporations.