For the project my group and I are working on we have decided to capitalised on the benefits of both the open platform of Reddit, and the more closed platforms of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and YouTube. Open platforms allow for user moderation. People who use the program, media platform or product are given full access to in order to “tinker” with it and create a completely personalised product/service that caters to all their own needs and wants rather than what they “might” want or “might” need.
Those that use Reddit are their own moderators and programmers, they can choose to follow whatever subreddits and categories they choose and are not marketed too based on their likes and dislike while using the page. The page also allows for complete anonymity.
Alternatively you have the closed platforms and products that are streamlined allowing for minor changes by it’s users. While you can still personalise your facebook, YouTube,twitter or Tumblr pages you are still being monitored and moderated by those that own the sites. All content that you place on the page has to adhere to the terms and conditions in order to be allowed to be posted to the page. Breaching these can result in your account being suspended or terminated permanently. You are also monitored to see what pages you follow, things you like, and what you talk about on your page. This information is gathers in oder to cater what advertising you see on your timelines.
So for the project my group has been doing we have opted to have a Reddit subreddit page, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr account so that we have access to not just a wider range of users, but in order to capitalise on the benefits of Reddits open platforms which means those that follow us actually chose to view/follow our page and there for are (hopefully) more likely to want to participate in the activities, but also allowing for complete anonymity so that they feel free to post their darkest secrets. But to also capitalise on the fact that Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr will market our page to a wide range of users that follow pages that are similar.