by Brandon Butler
New social network Telepath wants to make the internet nicer 9/24/2020

Biz Carson for Protocol:

The rules of the new social network Telepath are simple: Be kind. Don’t be mean. No harassment, and no fake news. The existential question for Telepath will be whether that’s easier said than done. […]

Telepath is beginning to dole out invites Thursday to people who want to bring back the feel of the early internet conversations over mutual interests without the fear of being doxxed, harassed or trolled. People sign up to follow different conversation networks, from funny tech memes at #TechHumor to conversations about failing companies on the #Deadpool network, or smaller groups talking about subjects such as the HBO show “Lovecraft Country” or Chinese investment in Africa. 

In a landscape of social networks, Telepath stands out because it’s more about your interests than who you know, and it requires real names for the conversations. It’s also positioning itself as a kinder, more inclusive network by making a point to establish ground rules and moderation up front. There’s also a sense of timeliness to it, with conversations ranging from Supreme Court nomination guesses to Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro’s win over the Celtics. Telepath also deletes all posts after 30 days.

Color me intrigued, but highly skeptical of this working. I gotta say, though, the idea of deleting posts after thirty days made me tingle with excitement. I signed up for one of the early invites; if I get in, I’ll be sure to give it the old tire kick.