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Potluck: social networking for the introverts

Potluck promises “a house party on the Internet,” offering an interactive environment to share links, pictures, and stories with your friends (and friends of friends).

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Potluck: the newest social network on the block

Potluck has created a social networking environment that takes the pressure off of individual people and places the focus on shared interests. In the default view, the “Friend Activity Feed,” you will not see the name of whomever posts a link, nor will you see an avatar. This allows users to post whatever they like without the fear of being judged.

If you want to post a link to the latest Star Trek convention, you will be able to connect with people who are interested in the same thing, without your other friends judging what you are posting because the only people that will know you posted the link, are the people who are interested in seeing it.

They have also simplified the way in which information is shared. All you need to do is paste a link. This allows users to share political beliefs, hobbies, humor, and music with other like-minded people. There are no filters to learn to use, no hash tags, and no privacy settings to monitor; you just paste a link and publish it.

Like a giant house party minus the creep factor

Potluck wanted to create a platform that would allow users to meet friends of friends, much like a giant house party, without feeling creepy. It’s hard to talk to a friend-of-a-friend without a sense of awkwardness. With Potluck, you can share links and connect based on your shared interests without the need to ask your friend if you would have anything in common.

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Also, in the default newsfeed, you can see what your friends are discussing with other friends. This can lead to talking to people you do not really know, forging new connections, and sharing new favorite things.

Potluck allows you to be a social butterfly without the awkward hassle of learning how to tag or hide friends you are afraid you might offend with your posts. It allows the introvert to be social, the person who censors their posts to speak freely, and the rest of us to network with new people through posting anything we find interesting.

Jennifer Walpole is a Senior Staff Writer at The American Genius and holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Oklahoma. She is a science fiction fanatic and enjoys writing way more than she should. She dreams of being a screenwriter and seeing her work on the big screen in Hollywood one day.

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