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TwoSides

TwoSides Social Debate Platform
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Published 03/26/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Robyn Valenzuela
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What can you use the app for?

TwoSides is a platform for individuals to debate on controversial issues. Users can make their argument, present evidence for their stance and study the points of views of others through the TwoSides application. Specifically, TwoSides allows users to weigh in on issues by casting their votes on topics. They can also provide links to supporting evidence for their argument and TwoSides will store such links for others review. TwoSides can help users make an informed decision about issues they are undecided on as well. This application clearly presents all sides and angles of an argument as well. TwoSides also offers a private forum for co-workers, students or family members to debate an issue without it being broadcasted to the world. There are also graphical interpretations that display one user's position and compares them to their Facebook friend's positions. It's an easy way to see how like-minded two users are. TwoSides also has a persuasion monitor built in so users can hone their arguing skills and tout how many people they've been able to convince on their position on an issue.

What is the history and popularity of the app?

TwoSides describes how it was founded as "by two non-Stanford, non-PhD's that have never worked for Google nor Facebook nor Microsoft nor some other trendy MegaCorp." Basically the application was founded by a couple of regular people named Jono Lee and Eric Sue. Jono focuses on the design and was a Computer Science major from UCLA. Eric is another UCLA Computer Science major who focuses on the logistics of TwoSides.co. Together, these two have created an innovative and interesting platform for people to express their ideas and communicate with others. The official company that runs TwoSides is Harmonizer, Inc. which hails out of tech hub Cupertino, California.

What are the differences to other apps?

TwoSides is different from other apps in that the users seem to be more intelligent and outliers are not crucified as they often are in other commenting type applications. Instead, TwoSides provides a voice to all sides of an argument and they can be judged on the merit of the evidence and argument instead of the caliber of name calling and common opinion. TwoSides also has a solid user base so opinions and topics are not in short supply here. TwoSides is a fantastic place to understand controversial topics and dissenting opinions without feeling the nastiness or violent outburst which prevail so many other opinion sites.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

TwoSides arranges topics in a very appealing manner. Users can begin weighing in on topics and expressing their point of view. It isn't difficult to figure out the layout of the site. The site is very well designed, polished and responsive. Additionally there are fantastic graphs and color coded charts so one can quickly see what the consensus opinion is, and what the minority point of view is. There were no apparent advertisements on the site, so it appears TwoSides is backed by investors. TwoSides is an intriguing and engaging application which is fun and easy to use.

How does the registration process work?

Users can register with their Facebook, Twitter or plain old email for TwoSides. That's it! No further information is needed beyond that and users can immediately start to voice their opinion on the issues that matter.

What does it cost to use the application?

TwoSides only has one level of account and that is a free one! Accessing the site and reviewing all of the many opinions hosted here is a 100% free.

Who would you recommend the application to?

TwoSides is recommended for anyone who is interested in the common, modern issues. It is also encouraged for anyone who has thought "I just don't understand those people." Perhaps everyone could access TwoSides, read the dissenting opinions and while they may not agree with others they may at least be able to understand another point of view a little more. Additionally, students or researchers are encouraged to check out the site since they can more properly understand the differing opinions on topics that they are researching by studying TwoSides. Finally, for any personal, family or work-related disagreements, TwoSides offers a private way to voice and express one's point of view through its unique, easy to use and engaging platform. Everyone should take a peak at this fantastic, intelligent site!

  • Vote on complicated issues
  • Express points of view and support them with evidence
  • Study the thoughts of others
  • Compare one's point of view with their friends


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