Year-End Message 2023

Modified on Fri, 22 Dec 2023 at 01:29 PM

Dear Team Members and Valued Users,

Ten months ago, we embarked on a transformative endeavor with the launch of Spoutible. Spoutible was born from a vision to cultivate a haven that champions the vibrant tapestry of diversity, inclusion, and accountability. It's a space where the empowerment of women, people of color, the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities isn't just a slogan but a living, breathing ethos. At the heart of Spoutible's creation was a singular, ambitious goal: to honor and celebrate the rich diversity of human experience and to create a sanctuary for those whose voices have been marginalized or silenced on other social media platforms.

Spoutible has emerged not just as a platform but as a beacon of hope, a testament to the possibility of a social media environment that is both positive and inclusive, devoid of the toxicity that plagues other social media platforms. Spoutible stands as a shining example of the extraordinary feats achievable when the foundational values of a social media platform prioritize the well-being and respect of its users over mere profit.

In the diverse and vibrant world of Spoutible, every voice resonates with significance, and every individual is a vital note in the symphony of our community. Our platform may not boast a 100 million user base or the budget of the giants in the field, but our achievements speak volumes. With a dedicated small team and a modest budget, we've unleashed a torrent of innovation, outpacing other microblogging platforms in feature development within just ten months. We've carved our niche in history as pioneers, being the first to harness AI for displaying users' activity ratings and thread summaries. We revolutionized the user experience with groundbreaking features like auto-threading and seamless cross-platform posting without the need for third-party tools.

But our vision extends beyond mere technical advancements. At Spoutible, we've taken a stalwart stand in safeguarding the dignity and respect of every individual. Our policies are a clarion call for respect for gender identity, firmly banning practices like intentional misgendering and deadnaming. Our commitment is not static; it's a dynamic, ever-evolving garden of learning, listening, and adapting to the ever-changing needs of our diverse community.

The overwhelming support we received, successfully raising nearly $500,000 in our seed round, speaks volumes about the impact and resonance of our mission. This significant achievement is not just a financial milestone; it's a powerful testament to the collective yearning for safe, respectful online spaces. Our community's involvement goes beyond mere monetary contributions; they represent a deep, shared belief in our vision and a robust endorsement of our commitment to fostering an environment where respect and inclusivity aren't just ideals but the very foundation of our platform.

As we stand on the cusp of 2024, Spoutible is more than a platform; it's a movement. We are steadfast in our dedication to innovation, constantly reimagining what a social media space can be, both in features and in fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect. We stand at the vanguard of a new era in social media, a harbinger of change, leading the charge toward a more inclusive, respectful, and vibrant online world. With Spoutible, we're not just imagining a better future; we're creating it, one spout, one policy, one empowering interaction at a time.

Happy holidays!

Christopher Bouzy
Founder & CEO

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