What Is Pheed?

The Teen-Driven Social Network You Probably Don't Know About

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When it comes to social networking, teens always know what's hot. I remember joining Facebook when I was 19, and now almost a decade later, it's the largest social network in the world!

Today's teens and young adults have done the same for social networks like Tumblr, Instagram and even Snapchat -- all of which are insanely popular among a wide variety of users today. But could Pheed ever blow up in the same way?

The social network experienced a nice hit of success back in 2013 just three months after it was launched. Web savvy teens propelled the Pheed app to the top of charts in the iTunes App Store at number one, ranking even above Facebook and Twitter.

But Pheed hasn't exactly kept up its momentum since then, suggesting that its 15 minutes of fame might be over. Despite this, the social network is still around today, although its mobile apps haven't been updated since early 2014. This could be explained by the fact that Pheed was acquired by another company in September of 2014.

According to TechCrunch, Mobil (the company that acquired Pheed) says it plans to invest $10 million into revamping it while still keeping it as a separate service -- similar to how Facebook keeps Instagram separate. 

It's currently not known what's in store for Pheed's future, but if you're interested in knowing more, here's a brief introduction to how it works.

What It's Like to Use Pheed

There’s no easy way to describe it other than calling it a mix of all the popular social networks you're already familiar with using, so if you regularly use Twitter and Facebook and Tumblr and Instagram, then you’ll understand. It’s a place for you to post content like photos, audio tracks, text, videos or broadcasts so they’re displayed in a continuous feed to followers.

Users get to build their own profiles, which displays all the activity they post, plus they get a main feed that displays all the activity from the users they follow. I’d say it functions almost identically to Tumblr, except Pheed has a unique filtering feature that Tumblr doesn’t have.

At the top of your main feed, you can select icons to show activity posted for just photos, or just videos, or just text and so on. Filtering activity according to content type is actually a really nice touch that Tumblr would be really smart to implement as well.

Pheed Lets You Monetize the Content You Post

Get this: Pheed actually lets you copyright any content shared (if you want it copyrighted) and will let you charge a price of any amount from $1.99 to $34.99 per view or $1.99 to $34.99 per month. Any money earned is split 50/50 with Pheed.

There’s also an option to brand your content with a watermark. Nifty, right?

What Sets Pheed Apart from All the Other Social Networks?

According to the creators of Pheed, the new social network is supposed to be “a new way to express yourself.” That doesn’t exactly say much about how different it is, but for an all-in-one social network that offers all the functionality of almost every major social network that’s popular right now, it has a lot of potential.  

Pheed is apparently fueled mostly by teens and celebrities who are interested in promoting, following or viewing celeb content. When it first launched, it was thought that Pheed could've turned into the number one spot online where users can subscribe to celebrity feeds for a premium to get access to higher quality, “must-have” stuff like new music tracks, exclusive video blogs and more.

Getting Started with Pheed

You can sign up for a free Pheed account through Facebook, Twitter or with a regular email address. You'll be asked to follow at least three users before you can move on. Those users’ posts will show up in your main feed on the homepage when you’re signed in to your account.

You can use Pheed via the web or you can download the app for your iOS device from the iTunes App Store or from Google Play. It’s free, and has a very intuitive user interface similar to Instagram or Tumblr.