Update: This post was written before issues regarding one of it's co-founders and CEO came to my attention. This post will get a follow-up article soon.
Not another one.
That's usually what comes to mind whenever a new social app pops up. Don't get me wrong - I applaud people/start ups with a vision to 'create something you haven't experienced before', but often, they run on the same pattern as other, already-established apps.
When Vero popped up on my Facebook newsfeed some few months ago, I didn't give it much thought. Then it appeared again yesterday, and I caved in. You see, in a group of influencers, you can only ignore something for so long until you're hit on the face with the "YOU'RE AN INFLUENCER SO QUIT AVOIDING THIS" card. So, I gave it a go.
Before I fully committed, I went to their website to know more.
What is Vero?
Vero makes sharing the things you love simple, so it's easier to see what you want and discover new things. With no ads & no algorithms, Vero gives you control on who sees your posts.
What does Vero offer?
One of the main features I totally dig is the ability for us to choose how private a post can be, just by choosing what level to categorize a post under.
Vero gives you a choice to categorize someone as a connection (close friend, friend, or acquaintance) or a follower.
Vero also allows you to choose from one of their post types: photo, link, music, movie/tv, book, or place. Recommending movies or books on the same platform you post selfies or personal milestones on used to be stretched across multiple accounts, but Vero turned things around and showed it was possible to use just one account.
Vero also has a separate place within the app where you can buy things from music to clothing, but that's just based on what I've seen so far.
Each paragraph speaks truth, and this made me want to jump on-board even more. When a company stands by the same standards and principles as you, you don't think twice about working with them (although this is not a sponsored post).
Here's an excerpt from their manifesto:
MOST SOCIAL NETWORKS REDUCE EVERYONE TO A FRIEND OR A FOLLOWER. THIS ENCOURAGES US TO ONLY SHARE THE PARTS OF OUR LIVES WE THINK ARE THE MOST INTERESTING.
Read the whole thing (it's pretty short, don't worry) and you'll understand why I am 100% on-board with helping them achieve more with Vero.
According to their website, sign up is FREE for the first 1 million users. Of course, I'm not privy to what happens once they reach that stage. Right now, their servers are slowing down due to the volume of new users, and according to their Twitter page, they're working hard to scale up and get service back.
We apologize for the late update.— Vero (@verotruesocial) February 26, 2018
We are scaling our servers to meet the increasing demand.
We appreciate your continued patience while we work to restore service.
All I'm trying to say here is that maybe we should give Vero the chance and see how they can make social life on the internet better. We've been connected but distant for way too long now, and it's time to bring people closer together, regardless of distance.
Have you tried Vero? If you have, see you there (@Olivia Marie Penero). :) Let's connect!