Tagged as Facebook for Conservatives, and the aesthetics almost precisely mimic that of the social media giant, teapartycommunity.com aims to create a hub for the Tea Party community to talk about issues and life without the, supposed, censorship of the Liberal media.
Teapartycommunity.com, as co-founder Ken Crow states, was designed to be a “safe haven for the conservative movement where we can share ideas and thoughts and express ourselves without fear of retribution.”
The site was spawned by Crow and Tim Selaty Sr and Jr., and championed by influential Conservatives, such as Jan Morgan, who believe there is no doubt that they have been targeted, and censored, by Facebook for expressing their thoughts and opinions. In addition, according to Crow, even when not censored, expressing their right to freedom of speech on Facebook has opened Conservatives up to unnecessary bashing from people of opposite thought.
“Most of us (Conservatives) are subjected to censorship on Facebook,” Crow says. “I’ve been suspended there as have many of my friends. You also absorb a lot of abuse from liberals.”
As a Journalist, I joined the site today via the social login option to give my readers an idea of how it operates. Meaning, all I needed was a Facebook, Twitter, or Google profile to log in and get rolling. As previously mentioned, if you have ever used Facebook, you will have no problem navigating the site. The look, feel, and usage of the site is almost exactly that of Facebook (including the homepage for your status updates and your profile page). There's a "friends online" option, you can share updates, photos, and videos, and can also like and comment on other's photos, updates, or videos.
Like I said, if you have ever used Facebook, then learning the basics of this site will be almost no transition at all.
The official launch of the site is this Saturday, but if you follow this link you can already join. According to the home page, the site is currently crossing 67,000 members, and the posts, from what I read before rejoining society, are exactly what you would expect from a Conservative-minded social media site. Although, since anyone can join, the site is also already mixed with people expressing their disdain for teapartycommunity.com.
Personally, I don't really care. If Conservatives want their own hangout, and you are part of the Tea Party and think it's a cool idea, then go for it. From a social media and functionality standpoint (that's my job, after all), it works just fine.