Gab V2

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 29 Oct 2016 18:09:20 GMT  <== Entertainment ==>   <== Politics ==> 

Yesterday evening, Andrew Torba, the CEO of, announced the new features that will ship on Monday with Gab V2.

His announcement was in this 11.5 minute Periscope video.

For those of you who prefer their news in quickly-scannable text, here's a summary.

Gab V2 features:

  • New, more scalable backend.

  • Gabs become public, by default. Visible to the whole world, whether or not they have a Gab account. Visible to search engines, like Google, Bing, Dogpile, DuckDuckGo.

  • Private accounts (available now), allow you to make your account visible to only those who follow you. You must approve all follows. This makes your account invisible to most of the web, including search engines.

    Click a check-box at the bottom of your "Settings" window to make your account private.

  • Adds the ability to delete your account.

    Andrew said that out of the current 45,000 users, there have been 10 requests to delete an account.

  • Released Monday, 31 October, 2016.

There will also be some aesthetic changes:
  • Better font.

  • Main menu navbar now stays in place when you scroll content.

They'll be working on the following new features after V2:

  • Images.

    Images are expensive, in storage and bandwidth. Native image sharing will initially be available to donors only.

  • Video, via a Vidme partnership (if I understood correctly).

  • Mobile.

    They know how important it is to have mobile apps.

    Why did they do web first? Gab doesnt want to be under the thumb of Apple or Google. SnapChat is reaching a plateau in their growth. Gab is accessible from any device with no app store approval. Indexing content in search off of mobile.

    The mobile web version of Gab works great! Push notifications are the only real advantage of a native app.

    iOS is ready to roll out, but no announced ship date yet. Android won't be far behind. There is already a third-party Android app.

  • They will be giving invites to Gab users, so we can hand them out.

    I remember Google doing this when Gmail first came out.

"With your help we can make this happen. We can take down big social." -- Andrew Torba

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The new UI has gone live.

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:42:26 GMT

The new UI has gone live. Lots of bugs being reported but @e will fix them. is not yet public. Soon.

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