Online map communities

From MAP Wiki

Maps have been organizing and meeting online for several decades. Online map communities are at risk of censorship - mass bans and deletion - so the history of internet map activism is full of blank spots.

Maps on mainstream social media

Tumblr

Map community presence since early 2010s to the autumn of 2018. Contrary to the popular belief, the map purge did not coincide with the porn ban, but was ongoing since the beginning of the year and completed one-two months before it. The maximal number of active map accounts at the peak was approximately 150-180. The Tumblr map community was the birthplace of the map flag. After 2018 the bulk of the community integrated with Twitter.

Twitter

Twitter had probably the largest map community of all normative social media, with the maximum of active accounts at around 500 or even more. Open map presence on the platform has been steadily decreasing since 2020, when Twitter introduced new terms of service, prohibiting discussing minor attraction as an orientation. One of the signature features of the Twitter map community used to be open communication with mental health professionals who study mapness and also have Twitter accounts.

Discord

Discord used to be a popular chat service among maps, and a former home of Map Support Club. The purges started in the end of 2018/beginning of 2019, and now only small and private map servers exist on this platform.

Instagram

Initially Instagram was discovered by Tumblr maps in early 2018, after antis created several pseudo map troll accounts on that platform. It has been implementing ongoing, slow bans since the very beginning and did not become a very popular place, yet the number of map accounts stays stable.

Dreamwidth

This site, known for its freedom of expression policies, has been discussed as a possible map platform by Tumblr refugees in 2018. Yet its inconvenient mobile interface made most maps who moved there to abandon their accounts. There exists a DW map group, currently not used[1].

Vent

Briefly used by Tumblr refugees in 2018, immediate bans.

Medium

This site used to be one of the main blogging platforms for large text pieces, the old home of “Pedophiles About Pedophilia”[2] (currently available here[3]). Map accounts were mass banned in late 2018.

WordPress

After Medium suspensions this site has become a replacement and is still popular as such.

Element

This chat platform has functionally replaced Discord in early 2019. There is a history of bans, connected to matrix.org, but the number of map accounts on other homeservers is growing.

Popular MAP-friendly homeservers include anontier.nl and midov.pl.

RocketChat

Yet another Discord replacement, the current home of Map Support Club and Open MAP Community. One needs more IT knowledge than average in order to set up a RocketChat server, so this platform is not as popular as Element.

Telegram

More popular with Twitter maps than anyone else, frequently regarded as a security risk and not used for anything long term.

Reddit

Similar to Instagram in its attitude to maps, this site bans map accounts steadily, but slowly. Dedicated map subreddits are typically suspended very fast, however, and that is why this place is not widely used.

Quora

Quora is an inflexible platform, geared towards a solely question-answer form of communication. It attracts maps who want to share their experiences with questioning people.

YouTube

This platform has always been less popular than text-based ones due to privacy concerns and is used only occasionally. Probably the most known map YouTube channel is Todd Nickerson's channel[4]. He is publicly out as a map.

Self hosted map spaces

Virtuous Pedophiles

Virtuous Pedophiles is a private forum for anti contact maps, founded in 2012.

Map Support Club

Map Support Club is a private group chat for anti contact maps.

Pedofilie.nl

A dutch-speaking community for anti contact maps[5]. Founded in 2004, it changed platforms several times.

Open Map Community

Open Map Community[6] is an alternative to MSC, also hosted on RocketChat, but open to all contact stances. They maintain their own list of online map communities and resources[7].

BoyChat

BoyChat[8] is a site for boylovers. It is one of the oldest map spaces online, founded in 1995, and it has set many map discourse trends pretty early on[9].

GirlChat

GirlChat[10] is a site for girllovers, and one of the oldest GL platforms to exist (since 2000).

Visions Of Alice

Visions of Alice[11] is a site for girllovers.

Map fediverse instances

Fediverse is a network of self hosted social media sites, vaguely Twitter-like in looks. After Twitter suspensions many maps moved to fediverse. Nnia.space[12] was created in May 2020, freak.university[13] and youjo.love[14] followed. A special mention for phenomenal.masto.host, currently inactive. This fediverse instance was the first map instance that we know about (launched in 2019) and inspired nnia’s creation.

References

  1. Here There Be Dragons, Dreamwidth.org.
  2. Pedophiles About Pedophilia via Archive.today, note: you may not be able to click on the articles to view the content, but copying article links and pasting them back in the archive's search engine brings results.
  3. Pedophiles About Pedophilia, new site.
  4. Todd Nickerson's YouTube channel.
  5. Pedofilie.nl.
  6. OMC.
  7. OMC's map communities list.
  8. BoyChat.
  9. A History of BoyChat by Alexis,via Wayback Machine.
  10. GirlChat.
  11. Visions of Alice.
  12. Nnia.space.
  13. Freak.university.
  14. Youjo.love.