Though the site prohibits outright pornography, sexed-up cosplay and lists of adult film stars still get massive attention.
Sarah, sister of Imgur founder Alan Schaaf, downplays the racier bits, saying “One of the things I’m most proud about is that despite the massive scale, Imgur has managed to stay an overwhelmingly positive place.” She sees its purpose as three-fold: to help users discover new things, geek out on what they love, and share with like-minded people.
We’ll see if Imgur eventually offers a feed for consuming posts by people you follow.
If there’s a particular GIF wizard, story teller, or meme aggregator you love, you’ll know when they post something great.
Notifications are a clumsy way to browse content at higher volumes, though.
If Imgur doesn’t get a handle on these problems, they could spiral out of control, regardless of whether the startup considers this an early “minimum viable product” beta version of chat.
Schaaf tells me Imgur “is not a free speech platform”, distancing itself from former sister site Reddit.
Web Sites where the user can create their own Chat Bot for Free or for a fee.
Personal and Professional applications for such uses as Customer Service Agents and On-Line Assistance.
Unfortunately, the chat feature feels a bit half-baked in ways that could be problematic when unleashed on such a massive community.
Imgur is full of power users, with 82% spending over 3 hours a week on the service as of last year.
Yet until now, staying in touch or consuming a specific user’s content was tough.