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Your phone can get a little bit kinkier this year, with the launch of KNKI, a kink social site social media app that aims to provide more than just hookups for the kink community. It seeks to give kinksters a broad range of social networking features, from photo feeds and hashtag searches to follower bases and community events. One of the most difficult parts of developing a kink identity can be the sense of isolation a budding kinkster may feel while sorting out the nature of their desires.
Even if you manage to nurture a healthy sex-positive attitude in spite of the overall tone of puritanical sex-shaming perpetuated in our sex education system, not being able to find a community of people who share your desires can feel alienating. Practicing BDSM in a relationship vacuum with no outlet for venting, asking questions, or finding models of ethical behavior is a prime breeding ground for abuse and trauma to occur, intentionally or not.
So having a social network with the express purpose of setting you up with a community to turn to is an important resource for the kink community. We see kink social site as our version of Instagram and Facebook. True to its format as a social network, the app draws together all the best features of Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook:. The good: You can "follow" people you like, which puts their photo uplo in your FotoFeed. You can also search the FotoFeed by hashtag for inspiration.
Users are also able to lock or unlock the content they share with the public, just like private Twitter or Instagram s. You can, however, exchange NSFW pics within private messages. Which brings us to Like dating apps, the platform obviously has a messaging feature, and, if you're shy with words, it has a "shout-out" feature sort of like "liking" someonewhich gives you the options of letting a user know you've flagged them as: "cute," "hot," "funny," having a "great smile," being a potential "playdate" mate, or that you're turned on by their intellect with "sapiosexual.
The good: KNKI's sexual orientation options are pretty diverse, with users being able to identify as straight, gay, bisexual, queer, pan, other, or all. You can also filter matches using any of those identifiers, but the menu isn't multiple choice. You can only search by one identity at a time, ie.
The relationship type options are also diverse, with users being able to frame their relationship status as: single, exclusively dating, dating, in a relationship, open relationship, poly relationship, married, separated, widowed, or other. The bad: KNKI's gender identity options leave a lot to be desired with only "man," "woman," or "other" offered as self-identifiers, and only "man," "woman," "other," or "all" listed as search filter choices.
The so-called "Lifestyle Role" identifiers and filters are also somewhat limited, with your options being: Dominant, submissive, switch, slave, kinkster, or other. By comparison, kink social networking site FetLife has 66 roles to choose from, as well as sections for specifying how active you are eg. One of the pitfalls of FetLife, which KNKI has also fallen victim to, is that the lifestyle role menus are not multiple choice, meaning that, if you have more than one kink identity that describes you, you're stuck choosing just one.
For example, if you're a FetLife user who identifies as a service top, there's no way to check off that you're both a submissive and a top — you'd have to pick just one. With a role menu as limited as KNKI's, this isn't quite as much of a problem.
But you'd still be stuck identifying as a submissive from the drop-down menu, and then having to explain in your profile that you also identify as a top. The same goes for filtering matches — you can only search by one role at a time. So if you want to filter your matches by Dominants who are also kinksters, there's no way to cross-reference the two in a search. We want the community to really define the priorities for how this app evolves. Rather than trying to create a complex, overdetermined system, we thought we'd let the users make the site useful for them, and follow their lead with updates.
We want to be open-source and DIY in spirit, just like the lifestyler. Like most new apps, KNKI's userbase is super tiny right now, and its usefulness in building community depends on a large usership. Hopefully, we'll see the complexity and inclusivity of the app's profile features improve as the launch kinks puns!
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