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Review of Amino app

You probably never heard of Amino. I didn’t until recently when I accidentally came across an article about it. In one sentence, Amino can best be described as Reddit for children.

Just like Reddit, people can create their own communities, which are then managed and censored (or not) by the person who created it and his or her delegates. Also, like Reddit, people post anonymously.

Unlike Reddit, the Amino website has limited functionality and you have to use the app to get the full experience. (Instagram is also like that.) Amino gives users more options for creating hideously ugly posts, but kids seem to like that, and indeed that’s what really defines it as a kid’s app and not something that would appeal to many adults.

The most popular two topics are anime and kpop (that is Korean pop music, mostly featuring effeminate-looking young men). The LGBT+ board is also very popular. Yeah, there’s a huge LGBTQ presence on Amino. What’s not popular on Amino are topics that cool popular kids would be into, like sports (for boys) or cheerleading (for girls). Even Fortnite (massively popular videogame among young people) isn’t especially popular on Amino. “College Advice,” which you think would be a valuable and popular topic for young people, has only a meager 12,196 members compared to 860,284 members for “LGBT+.”

So it’s obviously only being used by kids with certain overlapping geeky interests, with a very significant percentage of kids who are into those things not being heterosexual. Although the feeling I get is that girls in these interest groups feel pressured to call themselves “bisexual” or “pansexual” even if it’s not what they really are. And I have no idea what the boys are thinking, because I can’t imagine ever wanting to be thought of as being a homo.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

October 25, 2019 at 1:21 PM

Posted in Technology

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  1. In my diligent but as yet fruitless for unblurred Katie Hill photos I came across a subreddit forthrightly entitled “Would you [have intercourse with] my wife?”. Here I thought “Watch people die” was the extreme bottom of Reddit.



    October 25, 2019 at 2:08 PM

  2. “I can’t imagine ever wanting to be thought of as being a homo.”

    Same here, but there seems to have been a profound shift in society. Young people appear obsessed with global warming and all aspects of gayness. What the hell is going on. Or have I turned into an old geezer overnight???


    October 25, 2019 at 2:23 PM

    • It feels like it happens overnight but it’s a slow steady process.

      I remember thinking global warming was a problem as a kid in the 90’s but I was still at an age where I mostly accepted what adults told me and it wasn’t as partisan an issue back then (I feel like Al Gore was the turning point for that but maybe it’s just a faulty memory).

      Jokah Macpherson

      October 25, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    • As I’ve said before, Lion needs to read and review The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, in which, by the end of the novel, homosexuality is the norm, and the protagonist is thought of as a weirdo for being straight. Quite prescient of Haldeman.


      October 25, 2019 at 4:02 PM

      • The planetary government of Haldeman’s future Earth strongly encourages homosexuality as a means to counter overpopulation and uses miscegenation to create a blended race of almost uniform ethnicity. Centuries later, through cloning and genetic engineering, a new collective species called Man is created. Man is a massmind capable of telepathic communication.

        Oswald Spengler

        October 25, 2019 at 5:31 PM

      • Right, but the whole point of that novel was the dislocation the main character experiences as he keeps getting shot forward through time. It was about the disorientation and alienation Vietnam vets experienced on coming back (Haldeman was drafted into Vietnam and was very much a peacenik)–he put it into sci-fi so the rest of us could understand it. Homosexuality being the norm wasn’t something Haldeman was reasonably expecting to happen.


        October 25, 2019 at 9:10 PM

      • @SFG, I know that, but Lion is always citing as prescient predictions things that people weren’t actually expecting to happen. My comment was along the lines of suggesting that some public figure was reading this blog.


        October 25, 2019 at 10:58 PM

  3. On another note, it is interesting how geek culture has become a big LGBTQ thing. Cishet white boys have to join the alt-right now, from what I gather. They’re purging white guys from the culture we invented…


    October 25, 2019 at 9:13 PM

    • I’ve always felt that being uncool, feeling like a nerd, as a young kid, led me to be a social conservative, as the “bad kids” I felt bullied by seemed to be into sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, so I identified with the opposite of those things. A year or two ago, I posted a poll about this on the liberal Straight Dope Message Board (which is to me what NeoGAF/ResetEra were to the dear, departed Otis) asking if anyone else felt the same way, that feeling like a “nerd” led anyone to be a social conservative. The reaction from those people was overwhelming negative. The vibe I got from the responses was very much “if you’re a social conservative, you don’t get to claim victim-bullying cred like we do. If you don’t believe in, say, same-sex marriage or transgender bathrooms or whatever, it doesn’t matter how much you feel like a social outcast–you have much more in common with the jocks and frat bros who bullied us than you do with us.”


      October 25, 2019 at 11:06 PM

      • Yeah, I’ve felt as you do, especially in college where I felt more of a need to distance myself from the mainstream frat/party culture.

        But this might just be rationalization — my social conservatism is surely mostly genetic. There has never been a leftist in my family tree as far as I know. I’m only aware of one time a family member voted D in a Presidential race (1968).

        I hope I can keep this up with my own kids.


        October 26, 2019 at 5:27 PM

    • “it is interesting how geek culture has become a big LGBTQ thing”

      Nerds LOL. The jocks on the football team wouldn’t have any of this amirite?


      October 27, 2019 at 1:00 AM

  4. Reddit is cancer.
    Currently on the front page…

    Anti-Trump news story
    [Lolita Fashion] …
    The guy in the vehicle called him the N word then hid in his car when he was confronted by him
    Anti-Trump news story
    Greta Thunberg at art gallery today
    US Muslim schoolgirl runner disqualified for hijab
    My SO’s creepy neighbour’s nice guy letter, asserting his entitlement.
    My son believes he is gay. What do I do?
    Leaked picture of new fetus shredder™
    Why are penises drawn so much? why is my first thought whenever I have the chance to draw on something to draw a penis?
    Ambisextrous seems like a perfect word to describe bisexuals.


    October 26, 2019 at 4:56 AM

  5. What kids did you think would be using Amino? The good-looking ones getting laid?


    October 26, 2019 at 9:10 AM

  6. After decades of propaganda, what kid today would want to be straight when they could get all the status points being homo or homo-friendly gives them?

    Heinrich Zemo

    October 26, 2019 at 5:32 PM

  7. What I learned by being in proximity to them in University dorms is that there are a lot of weird hetero young men out there.


    October 26, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    • How were they weird exactly?


      October 26, 2019 at 9:00 PM

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