ZIONSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Roust, a social network for connecting with others to discuss polarizing topics such as politics, religion and social issues, announces its launch. With Roust, users have a place to discuss issues with a group of opted-in individuals, rather than air opinions on other popular social networks where strong opinions can be poorly received.
The need for a dedicated space where discourse would be welcomed and encouraged was motivation for creating Roust. A Pew Research study found that 39 percent of adults engage in political or civic activities on social networking sites, while 18 percent of social networking site users have blocked, unfriended or hidden someone for reasons including posting too frequently about political subjects, posting something they disagreed with or found offensive.
“I’ve always enjoyed opening up a good discussion about politics and religion, but there isn’t a good place to do it online where the majority of people want to hear it,” said Mark LaFay, co-founder of Roust. “Users can now express views about topics that would normally create annoyance on other social networks – offering a place to express opinion without alienating your neighbor on Facebook or colleagues on Twitter.”
Roust is functionally similar to other social media networks where users simply sign up, log in and connect with friends. Users can invite friends with strong opinions from other social networks and post long-form content, quick rants or search for public discussions. Friends can agree, disagree, show interest or respond to the post. Users have a personal profile with statistics detailing engagement and will be alerted when others interact with them. The look and feel of Roust as well as the manner in which your conversations are curated, are just a couple of ways that Roust is setting itself apart in the world of social networking.
To learn more about Roust or to request an invitation, please visit http://roust.community.
Roust is a social network for connecting with others to discuss polarizing topics such as politics, religion and social issues. Users can debate core beliefs with friends; or search for public discussions regarding topics important to them. There is a time and place for certain conversations; Roust is now the only social network built specifically to discuss these hot topics.