Ruck.us is a political social network that takes a refined approach to helping people connect. Rather than directing users based on their overarching political party or labels, the site reviews the user’s beliefs and opinions of specific issues. By applying the user’s position on these issues, the site provides a more detailed, accurate and realistic interpretation of that user’s political stance. Users are not required to lean all the way to one side or the other. After answering issue related questions, Ruck.us matches the user with others like them so they can share ideas and discuss important topics. This also allows users to group together to find others who want to take action on a specific issue that they feel needs attention. The site recommends petitions, causes and candidates based on the user’s responses.
Ruck.us was founded by Nathan Daschle who spent 2007 to 2010 serving as Executive Director of the Democratic Governor’s Association. Ruck.us was Daschle’s way of helping individuals find others who share their opinions and political beliefs, even if they do not stand firmly on one side or the other. The website appeared in 2011 and is gradually growing as more users find a way to connect through their political beliefs to share information, ideas and bring about changes.
Ruck.us is a very unique website because it focuses on politics in a new way. For many, it is an effective tool that can help them learn that they are not a minority when it comes to political beliefs that do not fall all the way to the left or right. The site brings people together who share similar opinions and provides them with recommendations that allow them to discover petitions, causes and candidates that match up with their political position.
Upon first glance, Ruck.us doesn’t look like it has anything to do with politics – which is a very good thing. The site boasts the user’s ability to choose their political views regardless of what is popular. Rather than defaulting to red or blue, the site maintains a bright orange color scheme that does not include any republican or democratic symbols (or any political icons for that matter). The user is presented with a clean, clutter-free, unbiased setting to discover more about their political beliefs and those who share them.
Users can join the Ruck.us community by clicking the light blue “Join the Ruckus” button in the lower, left hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box appears with two blue buttons at the top, inviting the user to sign in with an existing Facebook or Twitter account. Others can instead fill in their email address and password before submitting the form. The next page asks the user to complete registration by providing their first and last name and zip code. After submitting the second form, the user can choose and rank issues they feel are important to begin their journey into the Ruckus community.
Ruck.us invite all users to join its community for free. This is a great way to entice new users to sign up and diversify the opinions and personalities found on the site. All users are given the same level of access. There are no purchase requirements and users do not have to donate money or fall within a specific political affiliation. The website is essentially a politics based social network, so free access is the best way to go.
Ruck.us is a great resource for anyone who has political beliefs. Whether the user falls to the left, right or center they can find a group of others who share many of their opinions. The site is better for users who are somewhat active about staying informed and involved with political causes. That being said, even those who follow politics casually can appreciate what Ruck.us and its community has to offer.