Amino Apps is a set of microblogging apps that are dedicated for getting fandoms and communities all in one individual community. They had launched a number of apps in 2015 (it's said to have come earlier than 2015, but it became popular in that year). It was made by Narvii, Inc. and is very popular. While the app has an awesome concept, there are many issues that prevent it from being as enjoyable as it could be.
As a note: We are aware that it depends on the Amino you're in and many other factors, however this is a general page about the platform itself and its faults, not individual communities or leadership in those Aminos.
- It's pretty much a rip-off or an "inspiration" of Tumblr. The blogging is similar, the hashtag system is similar, and finding communities is even similar, albeit more simplified.
- As with any community "get together" app or forum, there's bound to be many toxic users, especially in more infamous or bigger communities.
- The updates tend to introduce negative changes or needlessly redesign things that were perfectly okay as is. For example, one update introduced the infamous Amino+.
- They also add a lot of cosmetics instead of actual content and improvements in the apps. The updates also seem to bring in new bugs and other issues in the new updates as well, further adding to the userbase's discontent.
- Some leaders and curators are corrupt and abuse their power. There are several instances where users were banned for having a different opinion from the leader or curator or even for no apparent reason at all.
- Further adding to this problem, there is no restriction for applicants, and, because of this, all you really need to do in a curator or leader application is to convince the applicators, and your history or your background on the site won't matter.
- Their bots are extremely broken. They can hide, strike or ban you for no reason at all, even if you didn't break the guidelines.
- Team Amino themselves have been showing corruption recently. Team Amino does not listen to criticism and ideas to improve their app(s) and are clearly trying to make money from Amino+ features and subscriptions along while only listening to positive feedback. They also restrict mature content in Aminos that are geared towards mature content even though they are strictly not for underraged users at all, yet they don't allow more freedom in those Aminos anyway.
- Speaking of which, there is only a few recent announcements from Amino that still have a comment section, and it's filled with criticism and hate comments among others, and of course Amino doesn't take a lot of the criticism in consideration.
- Many users also can't accept the slightest form of criticism or accusation of plagiarism, yet some complain about others doing the same.
- The featured feed in most of the apps are biased by the leaders and curators. Basically, if you have good fan art, you're featured while other blogs get overshadowed by other forms of content on the feeds. Small bloggers in some of them, mainly in the bigger ones, barely get on the featured feed. At least in some communities you don't have to worry about it, mainly in the unofficial or smaller ones.
- Now most of the time it's art, while high quality, it makes the feeds really unexciting and stale and also incredibly lackluster
- Tons of clickbait notifications from leaders and Team Amino themselves in a lot of Aminos. At least you can turn off notifications.
- Just like DeviantArt, bots are extremely rampant, and Amino doesn't do anything. For instance: you could be notified of dozens to hundreds of followers and likes, yet they are mainly illegitimate or bot users. Which defeats the excitement of getting followers in the first place.
- ACM (Amino Community Creator) was a solid concept on paper, but the app is really buggy and you need to be active in your Amino before you publish it, which makes little sense. Even worse, you need actual curators and leaders outside of the app, and Amino doesn't explain much of anything.
- Amino has indirectly monopolized forums and social networks. There's pretty much nowhere else to go that offers the same experience Amino offers. Tumblr may be a competitor, but Amino is more user-friendly and has stricter rules that make it a semi-safe haven. The rest of the social networks out right now don't offer the same experience either.
- The Amino clones that exist don't offer much either and aren't in the same standard Amino sets.
- Plagiarism is common on this app regardless of what community you are in. Some users steal art without crediting the artist for their work. Thankfully, these issues are taken care of by community curators and leaders as well as community-run anti-plagiarism groups.
- Pedophilia is an issue on the app, as children with unsupervised cellphone access could end up encountering predators who may try to force them to engage in erotic roleplays. Luckily, it is not as common as most parents might think, and these incidents often get taken care of by good Samaritans. Since Amino has clear guidelines regarding this, they also warn children to not share their personal information, such as full name, home address, phone number, etc., with strangers.
- Speaking about children using the app, you can find many users on the app that aren't on the Age Requirement to use the app (16+ for users living in countries of Europe and 13+ for users from any other country), most notably in official Amino Communities with a large member count. Not to mention, most of the time, nothing is done to remove any underaged user (by contacting Team Amino), while in some communities, they even allow them to be on said community.
- The guidelines, while being fair most of the time, can also be easily broken in certain instances and mass-banning is not uncommon.
- You can pretty much get big in about two or so weeks from Level 1 depending on how active you are. In the same update, it became incredibly easier to get big regardless if you don't make high-quality posts.
- Just like YouTube (post-2013), it has forced positivity where you almost always have to have your posts positive. Although there are exceptions, many communities force it and can't take criticism and negativity lightly.
- Their customer service barely works and the only thing it does correctly is verifying your account.
- Some of the role-playing Aminos have users role-playing as real people (infamous examples include K-Pop groups such as BTS and some popular YouTubers as well), even though impersonating real people is not only against the guidelines, but it's actually illegal!
- You can't search for posts or users on the desktop version of Amino.
- YouTubers promote the site a lot.
- Unlike Tumblr, NSFW is allowed, at least depending on the Amino you're in.
- There are some communities that are well-managed.
- The site's concept (a social media site catering to only fandoms) is actually a decent concept and was innovative at first, but it is executed somewhat poorly, just like TheTopTens (though definitely not to the extent of the TheTopTens)
- You can find many good users that are respectable and admit that Amino has problems. There is a high chance of finding good artists and cosplayers, just like on Tumblr and DeviantArt and almost every other place.
- The app is really easy to use and posting is easy to do as well.
- It's arguably better than Tumblr because it is like a fanbase-only version of it.
- Trolls are dealt with but it takes time for them to get banned. In many communities however, trolls are banned fairly quickly.
- Amino removed some things from Amino+ after mass criticism.
- Misleading clickbait is rare.
- They recently enabled the ability to make posts on desktop.
- If you get Muted by Team Amino for some reason that wasn't breaking any rule (like sending a picture which the bot flagged as Inappropriate), you can always send an appeal, and if you're seen as innocent, they will give you back full access to the app.
- There is no character limit when writing blogs on both desktop and mobile, however, there is an image limit of 25 on mobile
- Like almost every site and app, you're entitled to your own opinions.
- At least it has improved somewhat since 2019. Communities aren't as toxic as before and leadership to some degree is improving (Although it still depends on the Amino), but Team Amino is still an issue as well.
- If you left an Amino for whatever reason and you join the Amino again even after years or months of inactivity, you can get back all your content, chat messages, chats, wikis, etc after joining again.