As social creatures, people like to interact with each other every once in awhile. Finding new people used to be restricted to the town or the city where the one lived, and therefore the communication between individuals who lived far away from each other was rare and limited to wealthy individuals. However with the introduction of the Internet, things got better and are getting better. Now, with a couple of clicks, anyone in this world can have a long conversation with anyone regardless of the distance over the Internet. For that often social networks are used. Social Networks have always been online even before the existence of Facebook. Before facebook, sites like myspace, friendster were online, but due to the heavy competition and the features offered by the competitors, low number of people are now around them. Myspace even had to change their business model in order to survive. so now it’s mostly popular among artists than regular individuals. This article talks about this particular social network which encourages users to share their experiences and finds people based on the similar interests. It’s known as Similar Worlds (SimilarWorlds), and is one of the successors to the experience project which used to serve the same purpose.
What is Similar Worlds
Similar Worlds, as the name itself implies is about finding new people based on the similar interests, common beliefs, ideas and experiences. It may not be very perfect, but still a great way to find someone else who shares the same belief as you. Additionally, it encourages people to read the stories made by random strangers to learn something out of it. This is mostly useful for those who have lack of experience in a certain area, and want to learn about it without getting into the troubles in the real world. All in all, it’s a great platform to find new people rather than connect with already known people like in facebook.
Features in Similar Worlds
The site is still in its beta phase, and therefore it has yet to offer all the functions that it promised at the beginning. At the moment, People can share their life experiences, question about various things, comment on stories of other people, chat with each other through private messages, send gifts to each other, make friends, add friends, join with groups for sharing similar beliefs, search new people. For the smartphones, So far there is no app for the website, but it is being developed at the moment, and will probably be released some time later. However, the website is fully functioning on a regular web browser like Chrome or Firefox due to its responsive nature.
Advantages of Similar Worlds
There are a lot of advantages of joining and being active in the website. The most prominent one among of them is finding new people who share the same beliefs. This is so useful for someone who is about to create a friend circle, an activist movement. Additionally, people may explore the past experiences of random strangers to learn something ,help someone or get help when having a down moment ,Learn things by questioning people who share the similar beliefs ,send gifts to friends to make them happy ,receive gifts from people to feel better , have private conversations without being scared of anyone. It’s a known fact that sites like facebook shares their data with governments and big data agencies, but “Similar Worlds” assures that people’s data is safe and confidential and no third party has access to them whatsoever.
Disadvantages of Similar Worlds
Similar Worlds is suffering from the same disadvantages that experience project had. The site allows matured contents and they appear in the home page, and thus it may not be suitable to explore the site in front of family and children. However, the site provides an option to disable the matured contents from appearing in the home page. The other problem is having underage people in a community where anonymity is encouraged. Sites like facebook often encourages people to post their private information, and thus their true identity is known to the world or at least to their friends, but in Similar worlds anonymity is heavily encouraged, hence underage people can often stumble upon random strangers. The danger in here is that stranger can be anyone from a serial killer to a pedophile, and therefore underage people are vulnerable without any parental guidance. on top of that nothing stops anyone from faking their age. So a full grown man can pretend like a child to get more close to children. So parents should be cautious if their children are active in the site, because there are a lot of bad people lurking in the site searching for a prey. If someone is a headache for some reason, they can be simply blocked or reported. The moderators and administrators of the site are helpful, and therefore the site is quite safe at least for the time being.
The recent update rolled out yesterday allows registered members to post and view nudity contents in both stories and questions. This is only available to adults, and has to be enabled manually from the preferences to take effect. Note that still the site doesn’t allow “sexually explicit material or violence.”, what this means nudity is allowed as long as it’s not suggestive. Before this update, adult contents were limited to just texts.
Overall the site is a great place to explore, as it helps to learn about the society from the perspective of random strangers, but parents should be careful about sending their children to the site, and be cautious of their activities in order prevent them from being victims of predators who lurk in the site. For adults, this may not be a big problem, but just in case the mature content filter helps to keep the matured contents at bay without polluting the home screen.