Is Pheed the next big social media "thing"?

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 22, 2013
Updated • May 6, 2013

The social media niche is a crowded one. We have Facebook, Twitter and maybe even Google Plus at the top, specialized and popular networks like Instagram or Pinterest, and many niche-based social networking sites such as LinkedIn as well. A new competitor into the field has to offer something that others do not for even a slight chance of success.

I have to admit that I never heard about Pheed until yesterday when a friend of mine who is working for a large Internet company mentioned it in chat. When you visit the Pheed website you will notice immediately that it differs from all the other social networking site you have been on in the past.

The background image of a heavily tattooed and pierced person is certainly different, and while it may keep the older generation out, it certainly has its appeal to a younger audience.

Pheed is currently available as a web-based service and in form of an application for Apple's iPhone, with an Android app coming in the near future.

Once you have signed up, you can do so with the help of Facebook or Twitter, you are taken by the hand for a short while before you are taken to your stream on the site.

I do not want to go and review all the features the site makes available in detail, because that is frankly pretty boring. What I'd like to do instead is tell you a bit about the differences to other social networking sites so that you can decide for yourself if this is something that you may be interested in trying out.

  • Subscriptions - Every user on Pheed can create subscription based events or channels. This may be a broadcast, a channel that is regularly posting great contents or photos. Subscribers who want to access that content can do so by paying a subscription fee which is shared between the channel owner and the site itself. Subscriptions, which range from $1.99 to $34.99 per month, are only one option to monetize the content. It is also possible to charge per view, for instance for live broadcasts.
  • Different formats - You can post text, video and photos to Pheed, but also do live broadcasts or upload audio-only clips.
  • Facebook and Twitter integration - Most social networking sites keep to themselves. Pheed enables you to update your Facebook status or post a new message to Twitter right from its site. You can also like or tweet any post that you stumble upon.
  • Users own their content - Many social networking sites use the content that users generate for monetization. On Pheed, users own the copyright to content that they upload or generate on the site.

Pheed introduces features that other social networking sites do not make available which certainly makes the service attractive to a larger audience. Especially the "owning the content you create" and the monetization options need to be mentioned in this regard. I can see subscriptions work really well for users with a large following as well as for broadcasters.

Have you tried Pheed yet? If so, what is your first impression of the service?


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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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