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  • How is Outlit Different than Other Social Networks like Facebook?

    Our vision for the Outlit social network was based on the fact that other social networks were built for social stuff - birthdays, photo ...

    Our vision for the Outlit social network was based on the fact that other social networks were built for social stuff - birthdays, photo albums, and other personal announcements. We use other networks too - but Facebook and others really make for terrible, awful experiences in reading with friends. 

    Why? The reality is, just because you agreed to become someone's friend on Facebook, that doesn't mean you want to read and discuss stories and news with them. This is something we all can relate to - everyone has a grandma, uncle, strange friend, old colleague or another person on Facebook and other social networks that shares stuff you never would care about. 
    But still, those networks, and especially Facebook, showed the world that people WANTED to read and discover stories online. They were just really bad at it. REALLY bad.

    So, enter Outlit - your "Facebook for News and Stories" as some have called us. See what your friends are reading and follow only the sources and voices that matter to you. Compared to Facebook, there's virtually no noise - and social discovery is optimized. 

    Keeping with that theme, we also saw Facebook and others destroying the value of content and stories online, and co-opting publishers' hard-created content, all while not providing the right platform for bloggers and anyone like YOU from publishing a story and earning from the views. Facebook and others make money off your story and other peoples' content and hard work. We provide (a patent-pending) marketplace for your stories, where you can publish your stories online, get discovered, and earn money from on-demand payments and advertising views. 

    Don't unfriend or silence those crazy relatives on Facebook - just join Outlit and select your friends that you want to read and engage with on a regular basis. It's lovely when social discovery is optimized.
  • Outlit Usage: A Privilege, not a Right

    As we note in our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and House Rules, using Outlit is a privilege, not a right. While ANYONE can join Outl...

    As we note in our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy, and House Rules, using Outlit is a privilege, not a right.

    While ANYONE can join Outlit, anyone can be banned for any reason by Outlit HQ if that person is found to be in violation of any of the site’s terms of service or house rules. They’re there for a reason: it’s nice to have nice things, and Outlit is a lovely tool for journalists, creators, and millions around the world to discover and discuss stories that matter.

  • Who can and should join Outlit?

    Anyone. Outlit is a community where ideas matter and great stories live.  Because we built Outlit as the first platform that lets y...

    Anyone. Outlit is a community where ideas matter and great stories live. 

    Because we built Outlit as the first platform that lets you publish and earn for your work, we are seeking creators around the world who have stories to tell. The future of journalism includes everybody, rewards those who create work, and provides a public forum for thoughtful discussion and engagement. 

    Because there are always people that spoil something good, Outlit’s terms of service and rules of the house govern acceptable behavior and speech on Outlit. 

    There are two types of places that Outlit is not:

    -A place where you can say anything regardless of consequences

    -A place where you can come to not be offended by new ideas.

    Outlit is neither of these places. Outlit does not tolerate hate speech, but neither is it a place where reasonable discussion which might offend you is automatically banned. It is good to disagree, if that discourse and conversation is reasonable.

    Please note: Outlit HQ is NOT responsible for what is written on our site, but we work diligently to prohibit any violations of our terms of service and house rules. Outlit retains the right to revoke the use of Outlit’s products at any time to any person for any reason within the law. We will NEVER discriminate based on race, religion, gender, sexuality, or for any other reason. 

  • Who Founded Outlit? Who Owns Outlit?

    Outlit was founded in 2014 by Lucien Zeigler, William Treadway, and Christian Zeigler. Startup stories often begin in one of the fou...

    Outlit was founded in 2014 by Lucien Zeigler, William Treadway, and Christian Zeigler

    Startup stories often begin in one of the founders' proverbial garage. We didn't even have the garage, or deep pockets or backing from venture capital funds. What we DID have is a problem to solve: media is broken and thousands of creators and publishers around the world are going under. We had a vision (and a whiteboard!) to restore value to content and provide a place for creators, writers, and publishers of ALL sizes to earn, and create a social network built for stories and news discovery. We are proud to say that we scrapped our way to launch Outlit with only pre-seed funding from a non-institutional investor and years of our founding team's sweat, blood, muscle, and patience - and a lot of support from some friends well-wishers along the way. 

    With Outlit, we're doing two big things at once:

    1. Publish and Earn - we've created a place to publish and earn for creators and publishers of any size.
    2. Discover and Discuss - we've built a social network specifically for stories and news that didn't have the "noise" of other social networks. 

    Our vision for the Outlit social network was based on the fact that other social networks were built for social stuff - birthdays, photo albums, and other personal announcements. We use those, too - but Facebook and others really make for terrible, awful experiences in reading with friends. 

    Why? The reality is, just because you agreed to become someone's friend on Facebook, that doesn't mean you want to read and discuss stories and news with them. This is something we all can relate to - everyone has a grandma, uncle, strange friend, old colleague or another person on Facebook and other social networks that shares stuff you never would care about. 
    But still, those networks, and especially Facebook, showed the world that people WANTED to read and discover stories online. They were just really bad at it. REALLY bad.

    So, enter Outlit - your "Facebook for News and Stories" as some have called us. See what your friends are reading and follow only the sources and voices that matter to you. Compared to Facebook, there's virtually no noise - and social discovery is optimized. 

    Keeping with that theme, we also saw Facebook and others destroying the value of content and stories online, and co-opting publishers' hard-created content, all while not providing the right platform for bloggers and anyone like YOU from publishing a story and earning from the views. Facebook and others make money off your story and other peoples' content and hard work. We provide (a patent-pending) marketplace for your stories, where you can publish your stories online, get discovered, and earn money from on-demand payments and advertising views. 

    Don't unfriend or silence those crazy relatives on Facebook - just join Outlit and select your friends that you want to read and engage with on a regular basis. It's lovely when social discovery is optimized.
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  • Is Outlit Free?

    We get a variation of the question, "What does Outlit cost?" all the time. The short answer is Outlit is completely free to use...


    We get a variation of the question, "What does Outlit cost?" all the time. The short answer is Outlit is completely free to use for both readers and publishers. The longer answer has a little caveat, and that is because of what we are trying to do in building the future of journalism.

    For creators/writers/bloggers/journalists/publishers, Outlit is a FREE publishing platform where you can create and tell your story, then publish it with monetization options. Join free. Write free. Publish free. Earn free.  

    For readers/users of Outlit, stories from our publishing partners, writers, bloggers, etc. have two options for reading. The first is FREE with on-demand access, where the story has ads in/around the content you want to see. We share this ad revenue from ad placements we sell with the creators/writers/publishers of the work.

    However, Outlit has introduced another way to read stories - with absolutely NO ads whatsoever. This is called premium access, and you can pay a few pennies to support the creators you enjoy while reading their content completely free of ads. It's a beautiful, simple, and enjoyable way to help us build the future of journalism, a few pennies at a time.

    Whether you choose to read with ads or with premium ad-free access, creators earn based on your choice. Outlit takes a small percentage of this to keep the lights on, while passing the lion's share along to the creators that you enjoy and the world needs. 

    We’re here to make it easy and to help creators earn from their valuable contributions. The bottom line: allowing you to read your way on Outlit encourages creators to create more interesting and valuable work.


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