#originalOne contest flyer
What is the #originalOne contest?
The tsū #originalOne contest is an original song/music writing and performance competition with cash prizes totalling $22,000 being awarded to the winning musicians/bands AND the users who brought them to tsū.
What is the timeline?
Original songs should be submitted via .mp3 or soundcloud to email@example.com ASAP. You will receive a confirmation within 3 business days if you qualify.
Once approved, submit your original performance via DropBox to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, May 20, 2016.
How do I qualify?
Entrants must submit a truly original piece you wrote or co-wrote to email@example.com.
That original song must be performed in a 3:30 minute video that contains a verbal statement by you of the following: “This is a tsū original”
Who can enter?
All artists from anywhere in the world who are 18+ (or of legal age in their country) and have a registered and email-confirmed tsū user account with a profile picture can enter.
What is the deadline to enter?
All pre-screening submissions should be sent in ASAP and final video entries must be received by midnight ET on May 20, 2016.
How do I enter?
Submit a song you have written in audio format (via Soundcloud, YouTube link, audio file, etc) along with your tsu user name to firstname.lastname@example.org for pre-screening. If your submission is approved, you will be sent a link to the Official Entry Form and you will need to create a 3:30-minute max video of yourself performing your song to submit through the entry link before midnight ET on May 12, 2016.
How will I know if my song is approved during pre-screening?
You will receive an email from tsū to let you know if your song has been approved within 3 business days after submission. If you do not receive an email within 3 business days, please contact email@example.com for the status to confirm your song was received.
Are there any special rules for the song and video?
All videos that an artist will produce for the contest MUST begin with a verbal statement by you of the following: “This is a tsū original”. Videos must be HD quality and in horizontal format. They should not contain graphic violence or nudity, dangerous stunts, real weapons or visual depictions of drug use. Songs should not promote prejudice, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, disability, age or any other basis protected by law, or include material that is likely to to injure the name, reputation or standing of any person in any way.
When will the head-to-head battles begin?
Head-to-head battles will begin taking place on May 23, 2015 through posts made in this channel that you should follow: tsu.co/groups/originalOne.
How will the head-to-head battles work?
Beginning May 23, 2015, all eligible videos will be uploaded by tsū to tsu.co/groups/originalOne over a period of several weeks for head-to-head battles. Videos will be randomly selected to compete against each other, one-on-one, within the same genre for 7 days at a time. The winner of each head-to-head battle will be chosen based on the following criteria during this 7-day span:
Judges scoring (60% of the weight): Judges will evaluate each video for a) songwriting and music composition, b) performance, c) production, d) uniqueness/creativity.
Popularity (40% of the weight): Each entry will receive 1 point for each “Like” and 10 points for each fan video endorsement received over the 7 day battle. Fan video endorsements must be hashtagged with #originalOne and include the tsu user name of the artist you are voting for with a tagged mention of their tsu handle (e.g. @artistname), and are limited to one video per IP/user for each individual artist/entrant during any particular battle round. In other words you can create only ONE fan video vote for Contestant A in a given battle round but can also create one for another contestant in the same round and may create a new one for Contestant A if they are involved in a later battle round. (Do not create fake profiles, attempt to vote by “bots” or other electronic means or use any gamed means to increase votes.)
The winner of each head-to-head battle will move forward in the contest successively to compete against another head-to-head battle winner until a single champion is selected from each genre for a total of 6 genre winners.
How will I know when my entry is live for voting so I can spread the word?
Confirmed artists will be emailed when the head-to-head battle schedule is finalized so they can prepare to promote voting for their entry.
If I’m in the contest, how can I get people to vote for me?
When your entry comes up for a head-to-head battle, you will have 7 days to accrue votes. You should feel free to encourage family, friends, followers and those who are not on the tsū platform to vote for your entry by posting about it during your voting round (be sure to include your tsū user name for new sign ups). Encourage users to create fan video endorsements for the most points!
Please be authentic. You may not attempt to entice votes for your entry or anyone else’s through the use of any incentive, sweepstakes or other promotion. Any use of automated or gamed voting methods by any party will void all such votes and may result in the entry being declared ineligible and disqualified from the contest. Any attempt by an entrant and/or his/her family or friends or community to increase votes on an entry through the use of “bots”, the creation of multiple tsu account profiles, electronic means, and/or any other fraudulent or gamed mechanism, as determined by tsū in its sole discretion, may cause the entry to be disqualified in tsū’s reasonable discretion.
How do I create a fan video endorsement for an artist I want to vote for?
Fan video endorsements are worth 10 points and are a great way to show your support for an artist. During any head-to-head battle round, use the tsū video product to record a short video endorsement for any artist you wish to support. You can give a good luck “shout out”, hold up a sign or just say who you’re voting for or be creative. Be sure to hashtag your video with #originalOne and include the tsu user name of the artist you are voting for with a tagged mention of their tsu handle (e.g. @artistname).
PLEASE NOTE: Fan video endorsements are limited to one video for each individual artist/entrant during any particular battle round. In other words you can create only ONE fan video vote for Contestant A in a given battle round but can also create one for another contestant in the same round and may create a new one for Contestant A if they are involved in a later battle round. (Do not create fake profiles or use alternate profiles to vote multiple times.)
How will the Finals work?
After the head-to-head battles are over, the 6 music genre winners will be evaluated by a separate panel of Judges consisting of music industry moguls to determine the Grand Prize Winner who will receive an additional $8,000 and Second Place Winner, who will receive and additional $2,000.
Where can I see all the entries?
Beginning May 23, 2015, all eligible videos will be uploaded by tsū to tsu.co/groups/originalOne over a period of several weeks for head-to-head battles. Join the channel to follow along and support your favorites!
What can I win?
The top musicians/bands from 6 music genres and their active tsū parents (must have posted at least once during the contest period) will each win $1,000. A second place winner and Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the top 6. The second place winner will receive an additional $2,000 and the Grand Prize winner will receive an additional $8,000.
If I’m not a musician/band, could I still win something?
YES! The active tsū parents (must have posted at least once during the contest period) of each of the 6 music genre winners will also win $1,000 apiece. If you know any musicians, now is the time to get them to join tsū under your account and entered into this contest! Spread the word!
How can I spread the word?
Copy the graphic below and feel free to use it for your Instagram or other social media posts. Share with your connections and add your shortcode so you can earn rewards from the contest as well. Remember, if one of the genre winners in this contest is your tsū child, you could also win $1,000!
Text idea for your social posts:
tsū is celebrating the release of their video product by granting $22,000 in a contest for musicians/bands who write and perform their original tracks. Register for an account at tsu.co with my shortcode tsu.co/"shortcode" and check out tsu.co/faq for all the info before May 12th!
ANNOUNCEMENTS & NEW FEATURES
What's new on tsū?
Over the past year we’ve discovered two primary audiences on our site: content creators (5 million of you) and content consumers (28 million of you). Across this growing audience, we’ve received numerous requests for an easy way to find relevant content and users on the platform. We’re proud to let you know that just as you asked, our team has carefully listened and responded.
Today, we introduce a new taxonomy model for tsū. This means that all content on the platform shall be placed into ‘Topics’ and/or ‘Channels’. Implementing this architecture creates an opportunity for content creators to match with users who share similar interests. It will also dramatically improve the content discovery process for all users on tsū. If you’re a member of a tsuGroup, don’t worry it’s still here! Existing groups are now listed as channels.
Additionally we’ve adopted an open web structure, meaning that tsū content will now be discoverable to viewers who are not logged-in or aren’t yet members of the platform. Anonymous viewers will be limited in their actions, however opening access to content should increase viewership across the platform and monetization for all users.
We are also introducing reputation scores to reward those who create quality content and grow their communities, and help us identify which users violate community guidelines and conduct other unacceptable behaviors.
Why are we doing this?
Under our new model, content creators will have equal or higher visibility (views) of their content. All content will now exist in multiple places at once (in Topics/Channels and on profiles), which should benefit every content creator on the platform. For more information read about updates to the post process.
Introduction to Topics & Channels
Now tsū users will be able to follow Topics, Channels and Individual Users. The hierarchy is as follows: Topics -> Channels -> Users
Topics - We have found that all of the 10’s of millions of posts on tsū actually fall into thirteen (13) distinct Topics. Topics are general content categories that have been established by tsū, which can be utilized for sorting content. Topics include: Animals, Arts, Communities, Entertainment & Music, Food, Giving, Health, Humor, News & Politics, Sports, Science, Style and Travel & Nature. Users can quickly access Topics by name in the website header or from the menu screen in the mobile app. When viewing a Topic, content will sorted by popularity or chronology, giving the user the best experience possible.
Channels - A Channel is a user-generated thread for content based around a specific area of focus (think of a TV channel). Within each Topic, a wide range of Channels may exist. It’s easy to think of as a sub-topic. (For example, ‘Dogs of tsū ’ is a Channel and its parent Topic would be ‘Animals’.) Now content consumers can very easily find content to consume and the best content will always sift to the top based on either popularity or chronology. Also, many of the best and most active Channels will be fully displayed allowing their content to be more readily seen and discoverable by public audiences.
What happened to tsū Groups?
In the summer of 2015, we created tsū Groups, which was our first step into organizing different types of content. As we tracked how tsū Groups were used, we found that all tsū Groups fell into 13 general categories (which became ‘Topics’), and the tsū Groups themselves were essentially channels of interest (which became ‘Channels’). All Public Groups have been migrated to Channels (which are only Public) and with the way things are organized now, Channels will be much easier to find and contribute to. Private and Closed Groups are maintained and can be created or accessed in user Settings.
Where do I find my public tsū Group?
Public tsū Groups are now Channels, so you will find them located with the Channels that you follow. On web, you can find them either by accessing “My Channels” in the left side navigation of your feed, or by choosing the parent topic and then selecting it from the channels view. On mobile, you can select the “menu button” in the top left navigation of the home feed, and then select “My Channels” tab.
Is tsu.co now open to the public?
Yes, a portion of tsu.co now uses an open web format that is searchable. This means that anyone online can browse tsū content without logging in. Browsing content, however, is the extent of what users can anonymously do. In order to interact with content (e.g. like a post, leave a comment, create a post, etc), users must login or sign up. Users can opt out of having their content used in Open Web through their Settings.
What does 'Open Web' mean for tsū users?
Opening up access to tsū will provide an advantage to users, who can now monetize their content while sharing it with a larger audience than ever before. Now, anyone online can view tsū content, regardless of whether they are a member of the platform. Ads are shown to all viewers, including those who are not members.
What's happening on the new tsu.co homepage?
The new www.tsu.co homepage design is improved to attract new users, support open web and the new content categorization structure. The homepage is divided into two sections. Here’s what each contains:
Section 1 - The top section provides a preview of the most engaging posts on tsū. Continually updated, the largest post and the three stacked posts next to it, are the most engaging posts of the entire site, regardless of Topic or Channel. A featured user or charity (curated by tsū ) will also be displayed here, along with ads so that the featured users will monetize.
Section 2 - The lower portion of the homepage, displays each Topic represented in the digest format. This means that the three most engaging posts of each Topic is collected in a digest for quick viewing. If a post belongs to a Channel within that Topic, the Channel name will appear under the post image or quote.
What was updated about the home feed?
Your desktop or mobile feed will now consist of a) the people you follow (same as before) and b) the Topics you follow and c) the Channels you follow. You can follow any and all of them. All Topics, Channels and Individual user posts in your feed will be digested chronologically or through chronology since the last time you logged in, giving you more content in your feed.
How does the digest format work in my feed?
All Topics, Channels and Individual user posts in your feed will be digested chronologically or through chronology since the last time you logged in, giving you more content in your feed.
Who or what can I follow?
Your desktop or mobile feed will now consist of the individual users you follow and the Topics or Channels you follow. You can follow any and all of them.
How does this affect my network?
The move to Open Web and adoption of Topics and Channels will not affect your existing network. You will remain friends with the same users, and follow the same users that you previously followed. Users who follow you will remain doing so, unless they otherwise choose to unfollow you. It is possible that the Open Web structure will allow you to grow your network at a faster rate. This is because your content will be visible to the audience that follows the topics and channels to which you post. Therefore, your profile and content will be more discoverable, and as a result your network and followers may increase.
Is any functionality lost?
No, all previous functionality from earlier versions of tsū still exist, however, numerous items have been augmented to enable maximum exposure for the best content on tsū.
In order to streamline buttons, we will be phasing out the Friend button, however when this happens you will not lose the contacts that are your friends. Any “friends” will adjust to a relationship of mutual following, so you will not be losing any of your followers.
Do shortcodes still work?
Your handle plus the string “tsu.co/” is your short code, and yes, everything works as it did before. New users can sign up via referral (using another member’s shortcode), or they can sign up under tsu if they don’t have a referral shortcode.
The tsū home page (www.tsu.co) now has content that is navigable by visitors coming to tsū without having to login (however, liking, sharing, and commenting on any content requires login). All Open Web content will be available for categorized consumption, algorithmically highlighting the most relevant content through our new classification system (Topics and Channels). Since misfires happen (we have to reconnect fewer than 0.1% of users), if anyone who is supposed to be in your network signs up incorrectly, there is a two-week period where the user may be reconnected using the proper shortcode.
How do I post to a Topic or Channel?
To create a post, press the native post button in middle of the navigation bar on your mobile app, or use the creation field on the website.
All posts must now be tagged to a specific Topic or Channel. Tag your post by tapping the Topic/Channel field during the creation process and make a selection. Your selection is editable before you publish your post.
When choosing where to tag your post, it’s important to note there is no Admin approval required for Topics, however Channels may be open or moderated. If a Channel is moderated, that means Admin review and approval is required before posts appear in that Channel.
Posting to Topics and Channels makes your content more discoverable, relevant, and searchable inside a Topic or Channel. This capability gives every piece of content rhyme and reason on tsū.
Setting a Default Topic or Channel
You may set a default Topic or Channel under the settings menu. Setting a default means that your selection will automatically load when you create a new post. You can always change the Topic or Channel before posting.
If you choose to create a post from within a specific Channel view, your default will appear underneath that Channel field for quick access on the post creation screen.
Option to 'Show post in my Profile Feed'
Now that all posts are tagged into a Topic or Channel, users have the option to choose if posts show up on their profile feed. All posts can appear on both your profile feed and in a Topic or Channel, but it is not required. This is controlled by the toggle switch (on mobile) or check box (on web) listed right above the Topic/Channel field when creating a post.
When is this option useful? Say for example, that you are very interested in a hobby but you prefer to keep that conversation limited to a specific circle of friends and contacts. It is now possible to post to that category without having the post appear on your profile.
To maximize viewability of your post, we recommend including posts in your Profile Feed and in a Topic or Channel, so it is seen in two locations, and has greater exposure to new audiences.
Users must activate Monetization
To activate monetization, you must ultimately be an authentic and active user on the platform. All users must SMS and Email verify your account to prove you are human. You must also be active on the platform for a minimum of 48 hours (two human days), and post at least three times on separate days. Each of your posts must meet the minimum number of views required. When all such requirements are met, you may go into settings and unlock your monetization settings.
If you are logged out for more than thirty (30) days, monetization will automatically stop until you login again. If monetization was previously turned on, it will re-activate upon your login and you will continue monetization from that point forward.
How does Monetization work now?
tsū Groups - All existing tsū Groups are now being converted into Channels, however, they will maintain the monetization structure already in place before the change. Essentially monetization for pre-existing tsū Groups will not change.
New Channels - All new Channels will be easier to create and will no longer require an admin to be created. As such, there is no new monetization methodology applied to new channels. All monetization for newly created channels follows the original algorithm.
Monetization for new Channels follows the standard mathematics of a basic post where the content creator receives 45% of the economics created by that post, and then another 45% is distributed to the social network that brought that creator to tsū. Please note, that content in successful new channels will monetize to a far greater extent than standard posts since these channels will be front and center on tsū (higher viewability means increased monetization).
How does Monetization work for content not owned or permitted?
tsū gives ownership of content and its value to content creators. Therefore, if one posts another's content without the permission to use it, we have a problem. Put simply, if you are not allowed to use content, then you cannot monetize it.
To ensure that content is being used correctly, tsū has a content filtering system that is both automated and uses human reporting which seeks out to find infringing content. This system flags potentially infringing content and our outreach system contacts the actual owner of the content being used to confirm consent if ownership information is not already in our database. If at any point in time, no consent exists to use said content, all royalties due to the corresponding post will be removed from the user's account.
Any infringing content will be removed and the post will not be monetized. We understand that this is a gray area sometimes (think of memes, game photos, photoshops, etc.) and copyright violation is rampant on every platform on the web. However, tsū is trying to change the web and flagrant or willful violators can and will have their accounts locked and content removed, along with any additional royalties. Lastly, we abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and go beyond it by approaching content creators to determine if they have given content to use content.
Introduction to Content Moderation & Reputation Scoring
One of unintended consequences of social media are the negatives that come with trolling, spam, bullying, IP theft and other actions that can tarnish the social experience. So on tsū will function with the policy of being an No-Asshole Zone. In order to encourage quality content creation and authentic engagement on tsū, we will be rolling out a scalable community-based moderation feed and reputation scoring. Moderation (available on web only) will play an important role in the tsū community by empowering users to help shape our community content and conduct standards. In return, tsū will reward users who participate in moderation efforts by monetizing their suggested actions. Ultimately, all actions will be finalized by tsū’s community support team.
We will announce more about this feature as it rolls out, so stay tuned for updates. In the meantime, please refer to our Community Guidelines for more information on acceptable behavior on tsu.
PUBLISH & VIEW CONTENT
How do I publish content?
Every user can publish their content (photos, text, links, emoticons, etc.) by pressing the create button in the upper portion of your screen. To post a video, copy and paste the embed URL into the content creation box.
Press ‘Post’ to publish. Select the icons of your favorite social accounts to share your content to those platforms.
How do I share a weblink?
Copy the link you want to share, select the preview picture for the link using the arrow buttons and press ‘Post’ to publish.
Are there limits to how much I can post on tsū?
Yes. We understand many users are as excited as we are about tsū ! While we certainly encourage users to grow their audiences through original content and earnest engagement, we do not allow spamming (e.g., follow me/follow you language, aggressive hashtagging, irrelevant commenting, etc) as a means to gain more followers. To keep tsū an awesome community for authentic engagement, there are some limits to the amount of interaction users can have from their profile.
- 45 Posts per day
- 15 of those 45 posts can be shares (If you don't share anything, you get 45 posts)
- 50 Pending Friend Requests at any time
- Follow 1000 people (total)
Example: You post 2 times at 3pm UTC. You now have 43 more posts available until midnight UTC.
Who can see my content?
When posting content to tsū, you have the option of two visibility settings. ‘Public’ means that your Friends and Followers can both view your post. ‘Friends Only’ restricts visibility from Followers. You can select your preference to the left of the ‘Post’ button. We do not yet have ‘Private’ or ‘Restricted’ options to control content visibility to Friends.
For more privacy options, go to your Settings Page.
How do I increase my content's visibility?
Quality content through social networks always generate strong engagement while helping you discover and be discovered by the community. tsū’s community is made up of all different types of people ranging from artists, chefs, photographers to college sport fans. With quality content, hashtags also help your content to be discovered. Keep the hashtags relevant to the content you share.
What are hashtags and how do I use them?
A hashtag (#) is a symbol that can be added as a prefix to any word when commenting or posting. The ‘#’ symbol ensures that whatever characters follow it are letter-for-letter inserted into a searchable database sorted by the exact lettering following the hashtag. Hashtags are commonly used to indicate key categories related to a post (e.g. #NewYorkCity), when a user wants to contribute to a trending subject (e.g. #Equality), or when users want to share their content related to a specific event or happening (e.g. #SuperBowl).
tsū displays the top trending hashtags in the upper right corner of a the ‘Feed’. Users can also search for specific topics of interest by entering hashtagged terms in the Search tool found on the upper left side of the navigation bar.
How do I search for content?
On the upper left of the navigation pane, there is a little magnifying glass icon and an empty space representing the area in which you can request to search for a user by first or last name, by profile name or one can search for hashtags. The following screenshots are examples of how to use search on the web (which autopopulates the search bar when you type) and the mobile apps (which requires a user to type and press enter prior to the search query).
How do I edit/delete content?
When using a computer: On the bottom of any post, click ‘More’ and then press ‘Remove’ to delete a post.
On mobile apps: Content can be removed by clicking on the vertical three dots located at the bottom right of the post. A menu appears and you can press ‘Delete Post’ to delete the post. You can’t delete content posted by other people unless it’s posted directly to your profile page.
TOPICS & CHANNELS
Introduction to Topics & Channels
Topics - These are general content categories have been established by tsū. Topics are meant to provide a broad framework for sorting content. Currently, topics include: Animals, Arts, Communities, Entertainment & Music, Food, Giving, Health, Humor, News & Politics, Science, Style, Travel & Nature, and NSFW (coming soon). Users can quickly access topics by name in the website header, or from the menu screen in the mobile app.
Channels - A channel is a user-generated thread for content based around a specific focus. Within each topic, a wide range of channels may exist. It’s easy to think of as a sub-topic. (For example, ‘Dogs of tsū ’ is a channel and its parent topic would be ‘Animals’.)
Now content consumers can very easily find content to consume and the best content will always sift to the top based on either popularity or chronology. Also, many of the best and most active Channels will be fully displayed allowing their great content to be more readily seen by public audiences.
How is content displayed in Topics and Channels
Our algorithm pulls the most popular content to the front of the feed or digest so that you see the most relevant and engaging posts first. If you would like to view most recent posts first, that can be chosen in the feed drop down menu on the topic or channel page.
Why can't I create a Channel
Before you can create a channel, you must verify your account via SMS and Email. Additionally you must be an active member of the platform for a minimum of 7 days.
Why isn't my Channel approved?
During the beta launch, we are testing all channels and monitoring the creation process. If you have created a channel and are waiting for approval, please be patient. We are working hard to get through all channels, and will grant approval as soon as possible. When it is approved, your channel will appear in the “My Channels” page.
Can one post go to multiple channels?
A post can only be shared to a single topic and single channel. If you feel that your post is relevant to multiple topics or channels, we recommend using hashtags as a secondary form of categorization for that content.
How does Channel creation work now?
If you are familiar with tsū Groups, then channel creation works virtually the same way. Simply click the “Create Channel” link on the “My Channels” view. Then fill out the required fields to bring your channel to life. Once all required fields are complete, submit your form by pressing “Create”. If your Channel was successfully created, you will receive a dialog message indicating that your Channel is awaiting approval from our team. In order to preserve our community, eliminate spam, and cut back on duplicate subject matters, not all Channels will be approved.
tsū is a community where people come to connect and share their valuable content; stories, feelings, thoughts and ideas. It is our priority to keep tsū a safe place while promoting original content and authentic engagement. To balance the needs of a diverse community, we have created these guidelines to keep in mind when contributing on tsū. tsū upholds freedom of speech to the highest degree possible until it infringes on the rights of others to a safe environment.
Spamming: tsu.co is a community for authentic engagement. While we certainly encourage users to grow their audiences through original content and earnest engagement, we do not allow spamming (e.g., follow me/follow you language, aggressive hashtagging or mentioning, irrelevant commenting, etc) as a means to gain more followers or views on posts.
Graphic Content: tsū is a place where people exchange ideas and experiences. Sometimes these contain graphic language or imagery as a means of raising awareness and to condemn it. Graphic content that is shared for sadistic effect is not welcome on tsū. We ask that you be mindful of your audience when posting and warn potential viewers of offensive or graphic content.
Harassment: tsū does not permit the direct abuse of private individuals. Harassment can be unwelcome and repeated messaging, threats, attacks or any other behavior on tsū carried out in a manner likely to cause annoyance, alarm, or a reasonable fear of physical injury.
Hate Speech Any content that incites violence or promotes prejudice or hatred toward a protected group is not permitted. We invite you to challenge the status quo as it pertains to ideas and practices. Criticism of a nation, policy, or belief system is generally acceptable, however, speech or imagery that encourages violence or discrimination against a protected group is not tolerated.
Protected groups include but are not limited to: race or ethnic origin, religion, disability, gender, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity
Identity and Privacy: tsū is a place for users to build and monetize their online social network and identity. An account may be of an individual, a business, or a charity. Authenticity is essential. Impersonating a business, organization, or another person is prohibited. Users should keep their account login credentials private. Do not provide your username and password to anyone or any site other than tsu.co.
Intellectual Property: tsū promotes and rewards original content creators. Violating copyright law by posting someone else’s content without their permission is against the tsū terms and illegal. Some of the highest quality and most engaging content is your own. Whether it’s a photo of your dog wearing sunglasses, your favorite spot in town, or your grandpa’s 80th birthday; your friends and followers are here to get to know you. If you have a camera-phone, you’re a creator! We hope you will be inspired to show us what you can do.
We take content ownership very seriously at tsū. Please be sure that you have the right to share content with respect to copyrights, trademarks and other legal rights before doing so.
Nudity: Pornographic or sexually explicit content is not allowed on tsū. While we strive to respect the sharing of personal content, we do impose and enforce limitations on nudity. You should find the degree to which this content is allowed consistent with other platforms.
Self-Harm: tsū removes any content that refers positively to self-harm, including but not limited to self-mutilation, use of hard drugs, or eating disorders.
Violent Content: The safety of the community is priority No. 1. Coordinating acts of real-world violence and/or making real threats is strictly prohibited. Inciting or lauding acts that result in physical or financial threats is not allowed. tsū does not allow the presence of organizations with records of violent criminal or terrorist activities on our site. Any content found in violation of our terms of service will be removed. In cases where we believe there to be a legitimate risk of physical abuse or threat to public safety, law enforcement may be notified.
Reporting Activity: We ask users to help us maintain a safe and inviting community by reporting posts and users who break the rules. If you believe something violates our terms, tell us about it. You can click “more” and “Report” on any post to bring it to our attention. Our team will review and take appropriate action. Also, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to provide more detail.
I got an error, "Something in your post is not allowed..."
To prevent spam, certain types of web links and phrases are not allowed in a post. Below are some examples of posts that would cause this error.
- "Come join me here and make money from home: earnbig$.biz/johndoe"
- "Earn money online paid-advertisements.com"
If you believe you received this message in error, please let us know by contacting support at the bottom of this page.
What happens if I post copyrighted content?
All online publishers must abide by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). If you post anyone else’s copyrighted content and if we receive notification of an infringement claim from a copyright holder or the copyright holder's agent, we will comply with the DMCA and remove said content after ownership is established.
- No pay-to-enter contests (lottery or otherwise)
- No requirement to like/share/view/tag other users
Note: tsū is not responsible for contest or prize validity. tsū may take down contests that offer prizes that cannot be verified or violate these guidelines or the terms of service. The terms of service are available at tsu.co/terms
Rules around using the tsū logo
There are many acceptable uses of the tsū logo and brand assets which we gladly encourage. Are you inviting your social followers to join your tsū network? Are you promoting exclusive content on tsū and want to make your announcement collateral look official? In cases like these, you may certainly use our official logo.
There are also a number of unacceptable uses of the tsū brand that we prohibit:
- Using of the tsū logo or brand image to impersonate tsū
- Using brand elements to falsely identify as an official part of tsū
- Using the tsū logo as your profile picture or profile header image
- Using the tsū logo, collateral and brand elements as primary content on your profile
- Using the word "tsū" in your member shortcode or user handle
- Uploading the verified icon to your profile when you are not actually verified by tsū
If you are found in violation of our brand guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your account.
GROW MY NETWORK
How do I grow my network?
Our platform is built for a community that values quality content over quantity. While we understand and appreciate enthusiasm for growing an account following on tsu.co, users should never have to ask for a follower. Authentic relationships are built upon genuine interest and trust, and the same is true for engagement on tsū. People will follow out of interest, not obligation. We encourage users to grow their audiences through original content and earnest engagement. We do not allow spamming as a means to gain more followers.
Users who spam have a negative impact on the community. We will take the required actions to reinforce a positive user experience, which includes banning users who spam.
What is the Family Tree and how does it work?
Half of a user’s earned revenue comes from the growth and activity of their personal network. All users on tsū have their own Family Tree, which indicates the number of users they’ve brought to the platform and the overall network growth they’ve provided. When viewing the Family Tree, a user’s network is organized as such:
Friends: The tsū members that are your friends. (You may or may not have invited them to join tsū).
Children: All of the members you’ve directly invited to join tsū via your shortcode.
New Children: The newest members you’ve invited to join tsū via your shortcode.
Network: The overall members that stem from your invitations to join tsū. This includes anyone that has joined directly via your member shortcode, as well as the users that have joined one or more ‘generations’ away from your member shortcode. Please note, members who join directly through your shortcode are qualified as your ‘Children’, and the members your ‘Children’ invite are called your ‘GrandChildren’ and so on.
Followers: The tsū members that Follow you. (You may or may not have invited them to join tsū).
For more information about your network value, please visit What is the tsū Algorithm?
What happens if I invite someone to tsū using my short code?
When someone clicks on your short code URL, they are invited to sign-up for tsū. Once a new user sign-up, they automatically follow your account and will see your updates through their news feed. Behind the scenes, that member also becomes part of your family tree. Any shared revenues that the invitee earns becomes shared revenue with you, the inviter. You can invite new members via email or SMS through the website and the app.
How do I connect another social network to my tsū account?
To simultaneously post to your Twitter account, or to quickly invite contacts from your network on another platform, you may want to connect your other screen names to your tsū profile. To do that, log into tsū and click on your name in the top right corner. Select “Settings” from the drop down. In the top right, you will see “Social Accounts” under “Settings”. Click on the account you would like to link; Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, and follow the prompts. Note: Connecting Instagram allows you to find friends that are on both platforms. You cannot yet post automatically to Instagram.
To share your post to Facebook you must first create your post on tsu. Once it has been published, click the “more” ellipses and select share to Facebook.
What is the difference between Friends and Followers?
Users on tsū are categorized as ‘Friends’ and ‘Followers’ which provides two different levels of privacy.
Friends: If you are friends with a user, then each of you automatically follow each other, and you will share both levels of content in your feeds (‘Public’ and ‘Friends Only’ posts). We do not yet have ‘Private’ or ‘Restricted’ options to control content visibility to Friends. We suggest only befriending people you actually know or want to know. Trust us on this one!
Followers: If you follow a user, you can see their ‘Public’ posts. Users you follow will not see your ‘Public’ posts unless they choose to follow you. Likewise you can have Followers that you choose not to Follow.
How do I Follow another member on tsū?
You can follow another tsū user by going to their Profile Page and then by clicking the Follow button on their cover photo.
How do I add another member as my Friend?
To Friend a user, go to their Profile Page and click on the ‘Add Friend’ icon on the right of their cover photo. A friend request will be sent to the user. They must respond to your request before you will be able to mutually see each others’ posts. If they approve your Friend request, you will see the ‘Friend’ box checked on their cover photo.
How do I remove a Friend?
To remove a Friend, go to their Profile Page and click on the ’Friend’ icon on the right of their cover photo. This action will remove them and you should see that the check mark next to the Friend icon disappears.
I don't want others to add me as their Friend
Users have the option to display the ‘Add Friend’ button on their profile. Go to Settings, Privacy, and uncheck the box next to the option ‘Receive friend request’.
How do I mention/tag a user when I post content?
When posting content or commenting on any others’ content, you can use the ‘@’ symbol before a users’ profile name to mention them (tagging them), which will associate them with the post or comment. When you start typing an “@name” a suggestion box will load with other user’s names to ensure the right user is mentioned. Note: Mass-mentioning users can be considered spamming others via notifications and gaming the system via drawing views inauthentically.
How do I block another member on tsū?
You can block a user by visiting the user’s profile page, clicking on the three dots button on the bottom right of the user’s cover photo and choosing "Block."
How do I control who sees my posts
‘Public’ means that your content will be visible to both Friends and Followers.
‘Friends Only’ means that your content will not be visible to Followers.
By default all posts are ‘Public’, unless the ‘Friends Only’ setting is specified. You can select ‘Friends Only’ in the menu to the left of the ‘Post’ button. This setting can also be changed after the post has been made.
If you wish to hide certain biographical information about yourself, go to your Settings Page.
To learn more about privacy within tsū, visit Privacy Settings.
How do I send private messages to others?
On the main page of your feed, options are listed on the upper left-hand side. Select ‘Messages’ to send an individual user a private message (you must know their name or profile name to send the message). You can also share photos in a private message.
What is my shortcode?
Your shortcode is the URL of your profile page. The format of this url will always be “tsu.co/username”.
This URL is also your unique invite link. Share this invite link with people you want to share your content with. As they join, they become part of your family tree. This link not only tracks who you invite, who they invited and who they invited, but the link also tracks how the revenues are earned and shared through your family tree.
Can I change my username?
Yes. A user can change their username by going to their profile picture in the upper right, which will take the user to their Settings page.
In settings, select ‘General’ and update information as needed.
Tip: Choose a simple name or use the same name you are known by on other social platforms (it’s easier for your audience).
How do I change my password?
Go to the upper right section of the site, click on your profile photo, select Settings and then go to General and then you can change your password.
Can I create multiple accounts?
You may have more than one profile. Profiles do not need to be of an individual. Additional accounts can be any of the following provided the account does not violate our terms.
Special interest topic (like “Cute puppies” or “Cool Tech Gadgets”)
Non-profit organization or business (provided it is owned by you)
tsū is a community for authentic and honest engagement. Users who contribute are welcome!
How do I delete my account?
We're sorry to see you go! You can delete your tsū account by clicking here. This action is permanent. Deleted accounts cannot be restored and the funds in your wallet will be distributed back to the community.
PROFILE & VISIBILITY
How do I complete my profile info?
To complete your profile information, click on your profile picture on the upper right and choose Settings. Once you are in the Settings screen, you will be able to fill out fields pertaining to your general settings, profile, social accounts, invitations, finding friends, privacy and notifications.
Who can see my profile?
Profiles on tsū are public. The information that you display on it is up to you. You are only required to show your username and handle. You may also choose not to display links to your other social media accounts even if they are linked to your profile. This setting may be adjusted under ‘Privacy’ section of Settings. Additionally you also have the ability to make your activity feed private, which can be adjusted under ‘Privacy’ in Settings.
Who can see my posts?
‘Public’ means that your content will be visible to both Friends and Followers.
‘Friends Only’ means that your content will not be visible to Followers.
How do I manage my notifications?
Go to the upper right section of the site and click on your profile photo. When the dropdown appears, select “Settings” and then “Notifications.” From this page you can manage all the notifications you receive.
Verification means that tsū officially recognizes your profile, vouches for your authenticity, and distinguishes your notable contribution to the platform in the form of high quality content creation and/or community building. The ‘verified icon’ is a checkmark badge that is displayed on a user’s profile, and appears in line with a user’s name and avatar when listed as a search result.
Who can be Verified?
Verification is typically reserved for individual users, charities, brands, or businesses, who have a documented history of verification from multiple social media networks (e.g. a user is already verified on twitter, facebook, etc). It is also occasionally granted to users who have significantly impacted the platform in a positive way (be it through content creation, community building, or another initiative). Verification is an distinguished recognition, and is not handed out lightly, or on a regular basis.
How do I become a verified charity on tsū?
Please send copies of your IRS Form 990 and your 501(c)(3) status letter to email@example.com along with your tsū profile url.
What is a reputation score? What is my reputation score?
Your reputation score measures your user account on a quantitative basis in 4 ways:
- Your reputation as a content creator
- Your reputation as a community builder
- Your reputation as an adopter of the platform
- Your reputation as a moderator (we have a community moderation platform coming out where this will be incredibly relevant)
Your overall score is a combination of these 4 metrics. In essence, it will reward and reflect authentic behavior in these 4 categories … the higher the better. In the beginning you will not know your score, so do your best to be as authentic and as great as you can in all of these different categories. Then we will transition to a time when you only will know your score and finally your score will be made public at the appropriate time. The highest scores will unlock more features on the platform.