While Twitter, Google+, Facebook and just about any social network you can think of has become home to more debates than we could possibly imagine, a new niche social network wants to get in on the online debating action.
After signing up for an account, you can start a debate or â€˜dogfightâ€™ by posting a thought or idea.Â Alternatively you can dive right into some of the existing debates by agreeing or disagreeing with the post, and explaining your point of view. The two different sides of the debate will appear side by side below the original post.Â Existing topics are listed under theÂ PopularÂ andÂ ActiveÂ tabs to see what topics other people are discussing.
Barkles has one seemingly Twitter inspired featured â€“ and that is that you have only up to 200 characters to get your point across â€“ whether youâ€™re starting a new topic or replying to an existing one.
User profiles display your friends and followers, and how many bones youâ€™ve received. Bones are the equivalent of +1â€²s on Google+, but are given only on comments. If someone agrees with a comment you made on a debate, they can give you a bone. Literally.
The number of bones youâ€™ve received will be displayed on your profile, along with showing who you follow (or chaseÂ in Barkles lingo) and who follows (or chases) you. Your profile will also display all of your Barkles activity â€“ with a tab featuring dogfights youâ€™ve started, and a tab featuring responses youâ€™ve made.
There are all sorts of varied debates taking place on Barkles, about religion, coffee, social networks, browsers, and even debates about Barkles itself. Â The site can be used as a way of discussing interesting topics, conducting polls and can even be an interesting tool for getting feedback on your work.
A particularly interesting meta-debate taking place about BarklesÂ argues that the site is a solution looking for a problem. While the majority of responses disagree with the statement (as would be expected seeing as there is a small but active community on Barkles), one user suggests that Barklesâ€™ longevity is not in its current state, but rather being incorporated into other sites, much like existing services such as Livefyre and Disqus.
We could have done without the cutesy references to bones, barks and bites, and all sorts of dog-related phrases, but the basic idea of the site definitely has its merit.
To find out a little bit more about Barkles, check out the introductory video below:
What do you think? Does Barkles stand a chance? Let us know in the comments.