One of Portugal’s newest internet projects, the Tar Canal has the DNA of a social network and aims to “promote discussion and interaction among the Portuguese people”. According to the site’s creators, Tânia Carvalho and André Santos, the name was chosen in honor of the TV show created by Herman José, which aired on RTP between 1983 and 1984.
“We chose this name in honor of one of our favorite shows. Furthermore, we found the name ideal, as the “core” of our platform is the various channels of information and entertainment, as was the case with the Herman program».
However, as this could raise legal issues, before launching Tal Canal, Tânia Carvalho and André Santos spoke “directly” to Herman José and RTP – neither of them asked any questions, and the name was even used to give “life” This Portuguese Reddit.
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In fact, this link is hypothesized by Tânia Carvalho, since Tal Canal is described as having a “Reddit-like purpose”, based on 28 discussion channels (on the website, they are called “channels”) that are Subscribe to an account on a website as soon as you create it: e.g. Art, Crypto, Music, Technology, Nostalgia or Podcasts.
Like Reddit, it’s possible to “share stories, videos, links, and comment on other users’ posts,” says Tânia Carvalho. Every post made is also voted “kindly” – up arrows are up votes, down arrows are down votes.
The more upvotes a user gets, the more “Karma” (a social score that also exists on Reddit) wins: «According to the rules established in each channel (manual and automatic), users with low karma may post their posts and declined to comment », the founder explained.
Random chat with other users
For now, Tal Canal’s goal is clear: “This is the focus of our first phase – focusing on part of the discussion group”. However, Tânia Carvalho points to other flights: “We want it to be a reference in terms of communications and technology in Portugal”.
In addition to “channels” (users can create one), the Taal Canal has a news section with multiple sources of national current affairs, sports, politics, and technology.
Other features of Tal Canal are a play area (which already includes Quina, the Portuguese version of Wordle – also created by the duo in charge of design agency Icónica) and a chat area, Chat da Treta, where we can chat to a random user.
“In the future, we intend to add more functions and new services, such as shops, employment, accommodation, events, etc., to make the Taal Canal an increasingly powerful, complete, inclusive and useful gateway”, concludes Tânia Carvalho.