Social progress begins with a conversation, and we’re excited to lead the charge with this effort to encourage civic engagement and a more open–minded society.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 16, 2016
Lighthouse Social, a social network and debating platform founded by Jeff Miller, responded to early adopter feedback with upgraded features to create a better experience for users. Lighthouse Social is an app that offers an environment designed for substantive, civil discussions about what the company calls “topics that matter”. The app’s new features include the ability to auto-post onto Facebook, additional privacy setting options, live video functionality for future Lighthouse-sponsored events, public news feeds, and general usability enhancements.
“The whole idea for Lighthouse was borne out of my personal frustrations. It seemed clear to me that in this technological age, the everyday citizen deserves a more meaningful voice in the political process. With Lighthouse, users can come together to influence and learn from others, including people in their network, who want to have this conversation without being ‘that person’ on Facebook,” explains Miller.
The app’s most exciting feature is the ability to debate other users, even a random opponent, in a one-on-one chat room-style debate. When debating a random opponent, the user indicates what topic they’d like to debate, such as the 2016 presidential election or single-payer health care, and the app matches the user with an opponent who holds an opposing view, empowering the user with a chance to influence others without risking harm to personal relationships. Random opponents are anonymous until after the debate to remove any bias, and the debates are kept civil through a rating system, as users can pass on matched opponents with poor ratings. Users can also challenge a specific user to a debate about a specific stance or even a comment or post from the news feed.
Debate URLs are easily shareable to the public on other social media and also double as debate transcripts. The company plans to host featured debates in which activists, politicians, and influencers can utilize the platform to amplify their arguments and the visibility of issues that they are passionate about. Debaters can choose to debate publicly or anonymously in the eyes of users who may be observing the debate.
Lighthouse Social’s user experience begins with populating a profile by taking stances on various issues important to them, along with optional justifications to display their reasoning. Users can express themselves more directly by sharing content onto the news feeds or by weighing in on the daily poll in order to digest the day’s news together with other Lighthouse members. All poll and stance results along with top justifications can be viewed within the platform on dedicated “topic pages”.
While Lighthouse Social’s current focus is around national issues, the company also has plans to facilitate discussion around issues on the local level as the company grows.
“Social progress begins with a conversation, and we’re excited to lead the charge with this effort to encourage civic engagement and a more open–minded society. Exposure to others’ opinions on a regular basis is what can really move the needle at the end of the day,” says Miller.
Jeff Miller is the President and founder of Lighthouse Social. He graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Business. He currently lives in Wimberley, TX with his wife and his four-year-old son.