Sharesome launched back in 2018 with the goal of becoming an erotic alternative to Facebook. After Tumblr pulled the plug on NSFW content (awful decision, but alas), quite a chunk of users migrated over to Sharesome – at least, that’s what they claim.
A cryptocurrency was launched in association with the project. It’s called Flame (XFL) and you can read the whitepaper here. We spent quite a bit of time reading up on the ins and outs of Flame: while there might be an argument that it was taking advantage of the crypto space being the latest fad/thing, their paper is surprisingly coherent and not without its merits. Think of it as being somewhat similar to Basic Attention Token (BAT).
Sadly, the cryptocurrency arm of Sharesome hasn’t done so well, so while we will discuss it – it’s not the focus of our review. Instead, we’re going to look at how Sharesome functions as a standalone product.
Additionally, we’ll also be discussing how Sharesome functions for a content creator and a content consumer.
Sharesome Review: Our First Impressions
As soon as you land on the Sharesome platform (https://sharesome.com), you’re presented with a few different adult niches that you can click on to get the ball rolling. Sharesome does require you to select at least one, with the following choices available:
We opted for ‘straight’ and ‘trans’ as our niches if choice.
Once that’s done, you’re taken through to a Twitter-style feed that immediately presents you with some content. Our first toe dip into Sharesome’s material was a 10-second clip of a cute Asian girl showing off her small chest. This was uploaded by a user to a topic entitled Tiny Tits World: very fitting.
You can scroll down the page to see more content, or fiddle with the topics presented on the right-hand side of the page. You can also create an account if you so desire – so that’s precisely what we did!
It’s possible to use Sharesome without an account, but it’s a lot better if you do sign up. Similar to how Instagram, Twitter and Reddit all work: accounts give you better control over what you get access to.
Popular Profiles on Sharesome
Sharesome profiles function almost identically to Twitter: they don’t have to be a real person with a name and a face, but content creators can opt to utilize the platform in that fashion. We saw plenty of profiles from OnlyFans girls and pornstars, as well as guys that just like to post porn. These seem to be the two dominant account types.
Camgirls also utilize Sharesome, often posting when they’ve just gone online.
Very early on, we saw a sexy clip from LucyBridget: she happens to be a camgirl over at LiveJasmin (read our review here) and regularly shares when she’s about to stream. We also saw streamers from ImLive and My Free Cams – plenty of variety when it comes to the live sex streamers.
As for OnlyFans girls, you’ve got the likes of June Harper, Madimoon and AngelCummings. We’ll be honest with you: there’s quite a lot of self-promotion on Sharesome, so expect it to feel quite a bit like the NSFW side of Twitter. The good news is that there are fan accounts here – guys who aren’t pushing anything. In those instances, you get a decent amount of unfiltered content that doesn’t feel spammy.
Specialized accounts do exist here, so if you’re looking for a highly particular niche – you can find it.
Some accounts we found that fit this structure included AllChicksNoDicks, RealAmateursXXX and ThreesomeFun. These users generally post content in their respective niches, but you can also check out topics that fulfill a somewhat similar function.
If you’re a content creator, a profile on Sharesome allows you to add multiple outbound links. You can share your OnlyFans account, live streaming link, website and so on. It’s quite clear that Sharesome wants to encourage original content posters – quite a bit different to how things operate on Reddit.
Popular Topics on Sharesome
Somewhat similar to very basic hashtags, Sharesome has a feature that allows you to follow specific topics: these are essentially sexual niches that you might be interested in finding content from.
It seems that by default, you’ll follow pussy, ass, teen, MILF, amateurs and blowjob. There are plenty of others to track if you want to really hone in on a few specific genres of material.
Each topic shows the number of followers it has, as well as the quantity of posts associated with it. This gives us a good general look at the size of Sharesome: it’s been around for a number of years now, so to see the relatively low post numbers isn’t that stellar.
Even MILF – the highest number of posts – has 110k entries. It’s a lot of content, but that equates to around 45 posts per day. We’re pretty confident that Twitter and Reddit’s NSFW sections get a lot more than 45 posts of MILF-focused content every 24 hours.
Sharesome has users on the platform that moderate various topics. They’re there to ensure that rules are followed. In the case of the MILF topic, that meant no GILFs, teens or anime. They also make it clear that content cannot have dicks as the primary focus – it has to be about the mature goddess and nothing else.
We like this moderation approach – it reduces spam, which somewhat makes up for the lower post counts we see.
Original content is something that Sharesome cares a lot about, and you’re actually able to tag your content here as OC if you want to make it clear that you’re featuring in the post. We like the fact that you can create an account and share non-OC material, but if you are a creator, it’s simple for you to get attention and traction on your pictures and videos. It’s a small detail, but it does make a big difference.
Additionally, users on the platform can choose to only look at original content. There’s a tab on the main page that you can select if you want to remove any post that didn’t come from the creator of the material.
This was used a lot by camgirls: not strictly terrible, but when it’s a low-effort image just to promote their cam show, it gets a little old. We’d like to see additional filtering so we can filter out non-clips!
Is Sharesome Pro Worth It?
If you’d like to support the platform, you can purchase a premium subscription. It comes in at $99.99 for a year if you buy in advance, or $19.99 per month. You can pay with credit/debit card or use Flame Credits instead. Flame Credits can be earned with their affiliate program – they also do giveaways regularly, but these seem to only be for pro users.
Benefits of being a pro user include an algorithm boost, the ability to save posts, ad removal (only the sidebar and in-feed ads), being able to post stories and advanced statistics. We don’t think there’s too much value here for a consumer, but if you produce content and you want to actively promote it on Sharesome, you’d likely make your money back with the yearly plan, given you’re serious about posting here regularly.
Payments are processed by a third-party. Sadly, they do not allow you to let your bank handle the exchange rate. We were quoted $165 AUD for a $99.99 membership, but $165 AUD is around $110 right now – so we’re paying 10% more than the mid-market rate. Less than ideal.
Downsides of Sharesome
We’ve noticed a few things on the platform that we’d like to see improvements on: let’s talk a little about what holds Sharesome back.
Slow pace and activity
It’s a simple fact that Sharesome isn’t that active. They’ve had seven years to really give this thing a good go – activity here is a lot lower than they’d probably like. We can say that about all networks to a degree, but Twitter only gets marginally better if 100,000 more people join and use it daily.
If those 100,000 came to Sharesome instead? Yeah, that would be a big deal.
The platform alleges that there are over 1 million accounts: we don’t think 95% of those are active right now. There are posts here daily – even from OC users – but it’s less active than NSFW Twitter and NSFW Reddit.
If they’re trying to be the adult-friendly versions of these services, but they carry less adult activity, it’s strictly worse as a platform, right?
Plenty of advertising
The adverts feel less awful, owing to the fact that they’re all on-brand, but when the content you’re looking at mostly is adverts too – it does feel a bit too much.
We believe there’s a unique problem with advertising adult material: some people like genuinely amateur content.
That is, videos and photos that are shared online by horny guys and girls that aren’t doing it to get paid. When everything feels like it’s only posted here to get you to part with your money – that makes it less enjoyable. You want people to be sexual for the sake of being sexual – not because it’s their job.
Clips not loading or playing
We found that from time to time, clips simply wouldn’t load or refused to play for more than a second.
Refreshing did seem to fix a lot of these issues, but when you’re looking through your Sharesome feed with your dick in your hand – it sucks to have to refresh the page to see what the clip is. To be fair, Sharesome has made its feed incredibly responsive and buffering, as well as scrubbing, are awesome when they’re working.
Our Verdict on Sharesome
Out of all the websites out there trying to build a NSFW-friendly alternative to Twitter and Reddit: this is the best of the bunch. It’s not as big as it needs to be, and there is a little too much advertising for our liking, but Sharesome doesn’t really have much competition for us to point you toward.
The best pitch we can give for Sharesome is that the content loads quickly, the resolutions are great and it’s easy to download the clips locally. There are plenty of genres to flick through and fresh, original content is posted here regularly.
From the perspective of functionality, design and purpose – Sharesome is surprisingly stellar. Its biggest flaw is the lack of users, and sadly, network effects are a real thing. Sharesome can only be awesome if it’s used by a lot of people. It doesn’t have those numbers right now, so for the time and being, it’s just alright.
Head over to Sharesome.com and let us know what you think.