By Falcon Storm/ So, umm, what exactly is Tsu? Well, besides being a letter in the Japanese language, Tsu is a new social media network, which was created by Sebastian Sobczak as a way for users to get a something more out of their social media experience (if you want to learn more about Mr. Sobczak, check out this video interview with him here).
I know what you’re probably thinking, “Oh great, another social media network to take up my time and keep me away from writing.” I was a bit skeptical myself when I first heard about it. After all, here’s a network that reminds me a lot of how Facebook used to work.
And then it occurred to me. It’s like how Facebook used to be—you know back before everyone started complaining about it non-stop. Tsu doesn’t filter your newsfeed (or the newsfeeds of people who want to follow you), which means you see what you want to see, and you reach ALL your fans.
But it’s more than just that. You have to option to actually share between social networks and can actually post to your Facebook Pages for you (granted, you get a Tsu link attached to it, but more on that later). Obviously they use hashtags because, let’s face it, #heretostay.
Tsu lets you friend people just like on Facebook. Still let’s face it, you’re not going to be friends with everyone. Luckily, you can follow Tsu users that you might not know personally, but who you feel like watching anyway. Others can also follow you, giving you more reach than just your circle of friends and streamlining the whole page/ profile/ subscription web that Facebook has gotten itself stuck in.
So, what really makes it unique?
One word: Cash.
Okay, I might have to explain that a little better. Tsu is giving 90% of its ad revenue back to its users. Wow, that would be like Facebook taking the $2 billion of revenue and giving away $1.8 to its users—which, if you’re reading this, Facebook, I’m totally game for that. Tsu has adopted the YouTube style of paying creators for the content that generates ad revenue, and it’s a win-win-win across the board.
Remember how I mentioned the Tsu link when you cross post to other social networks? Well, that’s one of the ways they determine your contribution. With Tsu, all those meaningless Likes and Shares from Facebook become actual profit centers for the users. Now that changes things.
Let’s review. Tsu is a new social media network that:
- Allows you to see ALL of your newsfeed.
- Allows you to crosspost to Facebook and Twitter as you see fit.
- Pays you for the content you create.
- Does there need to be a number 4?
So is Tsu going to be another flash in the pan? Who knows? But with more and more people looking for alternatives to Facebook, it might just be the next big thing.
Are you already a member?
Not yet a member?
Well, head on over and set yourself up today, and make sure to check out Scott Buehler’s guide to help get you started.
Falcon Storm was born in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. All that time spend in the dank, dark cold was quite enough, so he moved far, far away to the slightly-less-cold state of Michigan and now continues to seek out warmth by making others laugh. From role-playing games to spinning tall tales, he’s always been a storyteller. These days he writes about funny and fantastical worlds set just beneath the surface of our own and works from home assisting in the day-to-day operations of Novel Publicity and raising his and Emlyn’s sassafras daughter, Phoenix. Find out more on his website www.falconstormbooks.com or by social media: Tsu, Tumblr, YouTube, or GoodReads.