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Will Brilliant.org become popular like Facebook?

What do you all guys think about this? Is it possible? Or is it not? I think it must be....

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4 years, 2 months ago

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impossible, the world is full of morons.

Angel Leon - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Yeah, we are so superior to them. How could anyone think that keeping in touch with friends and family is more important than solving competition math problems? Haha, what morons, right?

James Stevens - 4 years, 2 months ago

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more like playing farmpoop, candy crap, watching cat pictures/videos, chains, liking jesus pictures for miracles, and stalking your crushes is much more important than putting your brain to work and meeting other smart people.

Angel Leon - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Not even remotely.

I don't know how it is in the rest of the world, but in the USA, the vast majority of people hate math and did the minimum amount of it possible to get their diploma/degree. Hating and being bad at math are something of a social status symbol over here.

Even people who like math probably aren't going to find much long-term entertainment value in doing plain text problems that look a lot like hard, extra-credit problems on homework assignments.

Contests with cash prizes will draw more of a crowd. Something more visually oriented and game-like would also help. Whether that's the direction Brilliant want to go, or whether they're happy with the direction they're going now, I don't know. The more popular they try to be, the more like everything else they're going to have to look. It's possible they want a niche market.

Christopher Johnson - 4 years, 2 months ago

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not only usa... the whole world

Fahad Shihab - 4 years, 2 months ago

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So far, all signs indicate that Brilliant.org will scale to mass audiences and be a highly popular corner of the internet.

In the future, Brilliant will probably evolve to formats that appeal to a broader audience than we do now. But even then, as has been pointed out by many in this thread(especially Christopher J), human civilization would have to undergo baffling changes before challenging math problems are as compelling to the average person as a typical cat video.

"Will Brilliant become popular like Facebook?" Facebook is not really a fair benchmark to set for STEM popularity. I could be wrong, but I think it is something absurd like 2/3 of the world's internet user's have a Facebook account. The portion of the world's internet users who are interested in being pushed intellectually is way smaller than that.

Peter Taylor Staff - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I am very interested, which signs are you talking about?

Jonathan Lowe - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Sorry to get back to you so late. There are many ways you can think about a website's potential. What I meant in the above comment, was that we are particularly encouraged by our word of mouth growth rate, and the rate at which people stick around when they do join Brilliant.

These signs are particularly encouraging to us given how rudimentary Brilliant is, and how many ways there are that we could imagine a better form of Brilliant. There is so much room to evolve beyond the frontier of "integer answer math" problems, and we think any good direction we go would further expand the sphere of people interested in us.

Peter Taylor Staff - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I wish. But the majority of people are not intersted in this kind of websites about mathematics or other sciences, at least where I live.

Ilyas Hamo - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I want to go to India. A lot of people seem to spend their time on stuff that matters, like improving oneself for that matter. Facebook is a waste of time, but not necessarily a burden. The sign in through facebook feature is very convenient.

Facebook itself is fading. But I guess Brilliant won't. As long as there are passionate mathematicians out there, Brilliant will stand strong.

Charity Benignos - 4 years, 2 months ago

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i noticed also that most in the leader board are from India. they are very good in math, have you seen Three Idiots?,

Kristan Liza - 4 years, 2 months ago

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It's a record breaking blockbuster film in India!

Akshat Jain - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Well it may be the case that I might be wrong but in my opinion , India is a country of extremes . There might be extreme competition or no competition. People recognizes those who are intelligent , not those who are left behind .

Priyansh Sangule - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Facebook is not a waste of time. It is where I discovered Brilliant from its sponsored ads.:)

Mharfe Micaroz - 4 years, 2 months ago

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No. People are generally uninterested/conditioned to be uninterested, or unaware of these sorts of things.

Ali Rahemtulla - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Hopefully, but honestly, most people are not interested in Brilliant like they are in Facebook. But it could always become as popular, and even more popular, than websites like KhanAcademy.

Ant6880 C - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Honestly, I think the structure of brilliant.org alone, along with the real-life prize incentives, make it more appealing than Khan Academy. (Of course, Khan Academy has a far wider range of topics.)

Nicholas Tomlin - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I agree. If Brilliant.org could expand their range of topics, I believe many people would transfer. The structuring of Brilliant is much better, in my opinion, than Khan Academy. When you don't know how to solve a problem, you get to see a variety of solutions, as with Khan Academy you only get to see one.

Ant6880 C - 4 years, 2 months ago

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@Ant6880 C I think for those who are less skilled in solving Brilliant problems(like me) Khan Academy is a good way to learn the basics by watching the videos.But Brilliant is better because we can see many different solutions,as you said.

Tan Li Xuan - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Briliant.org is for brilliant ones facebook is for everyone so brilliant crowd will always be a facebook crowd subset

Mayank Kaushik - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I wish it could be. But some people find its level way too difficult than theirs. I recently consulted my friends to join the website but many ignored and the ones who wished found it way difficult. Brilliant.org is trying to promote the website by giving advertisements in websites, but reaching a level like that of Facebook Inc. and Twitter seems an impossible task to me.

Vinayak Verma - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Maybe if the whole world changes their education system and gives brilliant problems as weekly hw (in other words, probably not).

Taehyung Kim - 4 years, 2 months ago

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It will, but only for programmers. For me, Facebook is just a way to communicate with each other. However, people ( specially, in India ) are being addicted to it.

But, It's also fact that most of the pro programmers ( who are on this site, and sites like this ) uses Facebook less then the good and healthy sites

Daksh Mehta - 4 years, 2 months ago

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do you know why? it is just because 95% of the people of the whole world is interested in their present, not others' past

Fahad Shihab - 4 years, 2 months ago

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No. Not that many people are interested in maths, and to be honest, there's nothing wrong with that.

Ryan Wood - 4 years, 2 months ago

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yes

Nazmus Salehin Nahid - 4 years, 2 months ago

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There are certain people who really hate mathematics. While facebook has nothing to do with it. So, No. But Brilliant.org is indeed a great website

Kevin Yuwono - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I hope so....

Richelle Chua - 4 years, 2 months ago

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It is because it helps to connect with all the people around the world like facebook but in Brillant whoever comes to the brilliant.org can spend their time usefully and able to sharp their skills.Not in Facebook you can do this.

Giri Venkatesan - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Most kids of this generation aren't going to be drawn to a higher level mathematical website like Brilliant, however within the higher acheiving group of students I think it wll.

Akshay Punukollu - 4 years, 2 months ago

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It would be cool if it did... More people should be interested in Math & Science because we need them for our everyday life. Besides this website is really cool! :D

Kristina Verbova - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Is is good to see various replies to a very straightforward but important question. What do * Challenge masters * think about this??? I want to know.

Kumar Ashutosh - 4 years, 2 months ago

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I hope it will,but most likely not,because most people do not like mathematics or science where I live.

Tan Li Xuan - 4 years, 2 months ago

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say 'the whole world is not interested in knowing how they had come...' and god says 'spread knowledge and i will love you...'

Fahad Shihab - 4 years, 2 months ago

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It's impossible, there are more social people than intellectuals.

Mharfe Micaroz - 4 years, 2 months ago

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NOPE,it will never be

Daniel Wang - 4 years, 2 months ago

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yes

Anubhav Singh - 4 years, 2 months ago

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IT IS!!! NOT 'IT WILL' because the most famous guys... look at our brilliant site's homepage... and click on stories... then you will find the power of brilliant... but only in newspapers... that's enough!!!

Fahad Shihab - 4 years, 2 months ago

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more than facebook!!!!!!!

Goutam Narayan - 4 years, 2 months ago

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Of course it will....

There are more people interested in Science and Technology than people who waste time chatting

Santanu Banerjee - 4 years, 2 months ago

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ya buddi i think so..........

Attain k Gupta - 4 years, 2 months ago

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