Tsū (social network)

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Tsū
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Type Private
Founded July 1, 2013
(5 years ago)
 (2013-07-01)
Headquarters New York City, New York, US
Area served Worldwide
Founder(s)
  • Sebastian Sobczak
  • Drew Ginsburg
  • Thibault Boullenger
Key people Sebastian Sobczak
(CEO)
Drew Ginsburg
(VP Business Development)
Industry Internet
Website www.tsu.co
Written in Ruby, Redis, and Cassandra
Alexa rank Global 4,256 (As of 11 November 2015).[1]
Type of site Social networking service
Available in English
Current status Active

Tsū is an online social networking service founded in October 2013. Tsū was created by Evacuation Complete, LLC, a Texas corporation, which was founded on February 7, 2008.[2] Founders of Evacuation Complete are Sebastian Sobczak, Drew Ginsburg, and Thibault Boullenger,[3] and the site is headquartered in New York City. Tsū is open to new users via invite.[4]

Like Facebook, after registering to use the site, users may create a personal profile, add other users as friends, exchange messages, post status updates and photos, and receive notifications when others update their profiles.[4] Tsu differentiates itself from competitors by allowing its users to maintain ownership of the content they post.[5]

The inspiration for Tsū came from the story of Ed O'Bannon, the lead plaintiff in O'Bannon v. NCAA, an antitrust class action lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association regarding the association's use of the images of former student athletes for commercial purposes.[6]

Tsū has been compared extensively to Ello, a contemporary social network that rejects selling advertisements at all; Tsu's approach is to instead embrace the fact that your social media content has value and, via a YouTube-like rev-share, distribute ad revenue fairly amongst users based upon their viewership.[7]

In September 2015, Facebook blocked links to the site from its platforms, along with references to the tsu.co domain name,[8] saying that Facebook users had been reporting it as spam.[9] Tsū speculated that this move may have been motivated by fear of competition.[9] In December 2015, Facebook lifted the prohibition.[10][11]

References

  1. "Tsu.co Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved November 11, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Evacuation Complete LLC DALLAS, TX Wysk Company Profile". wysk.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "tsū". angel.co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "tsū". tsu.co.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Exclusive: Tsū Launches as First Social & Payment Platform Where Users Own Their Content". Billboard.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. The Social Network That Pays You to Friend, Opinion Pages, The New York Times
  7. "New social network Tsu signs one million users in just five weeks". zdnet. November 24, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Facebook is censoring links to competitor social network Tsu and deleting old mentions". Boing Boing.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 Jose Pagliery (November 5, 2015). "Facebook won't let you type this". CNNMoney.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Associated Press. "Unbanned: It's OK to Mention Tsu.co on Facebook Again". NBC News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Eileen Brown. "Facebook restores 10 million posts from social media rival Tsu two months after ban". ZDNet.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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