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Nov
20

Welcome to Social Media Answers

Thanks for stopping by social media answers. While it looks like the site is up and running the official launch date isn’t until December 1st January 5th. Currently I am reviewing niche social networks and am posting frequently. (So if you are thinking about subscribing via RSS I want to warn you there will be a lot of short review posts over the next few weeks.)

After the site launch in December January I will be sharing with you information about social media strategy, answering questions, and helping make sense of the world that is social media.

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Dec
07

Site review Wamba

Site: Wamba

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Members:????

Features: Users can create profiles on Wamba that allows them to connect with other people, message them, join groups, and upload content including photos, music, videos, and articles. There is a large classifieds system, shopping portal, and an online radio station.

One of the features that the site has is “zones” where people are split up by geographical locations, interests, and by uh… dance.

Review: Personally I had a lot of issues with Wamba in my initial user experience.

When I was signing up I had a lot of problems inputting data. There were no boxes on some of the key fields and when you went to import information from your mailbox the icons were all on top of each other. Wamba was either developed in either Portuguese or Spanish, while it does offer English, Italian, and French versions there are tons of places throughout the site where it reverts back to the language that it was originally developed for.

The music channel looks like it is powered by the content that is uploaded by users. (I am guessing because of the massive amount of mislabeled songs.) It also looks like the player doesn’t have to respect the standards of other online players. You can freely skip through as many songs as you want (which you can’t with Pandora and other services). I am surprised that the music section hasn’t come under more scrutiny.

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Dec
07

A review of Badoo

Site: Badoo

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Members: 15,377,344

Features: Badoo allows users to create profiles, post updates (which can include uploading video), and upload pictures (you can tag members in the photos). Other users can friend, message, and rate photos.

Review: Badoo is a really simple site that at one point had a tone of traffic but that rush looks to be on the decline. It really is a glorified photo rating service that allows a little bit more on the profiles and has a decent messaging system. There aren’t multiple ways to connect to people or different options for sorting through content. There seems to be a large Spanish-speaking contingent on this site.

I really can’t figure out how they have 15 million registered profiles. There must be one region where they have the dominate social networking site, one region that just doesn’t know any better.

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Dec
07

A review of Tagged

Site: Tagged

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Members: ???

Features: Users can create profiles, upload content such as video and pictures, message each other, add friends. Additionally there are flash games, poking, poker, winks, and other things ripped off from other social networking sites.

Review: I hate tagged. I always have. Maybe it was their aggressive spamming approach on MySpace to gain a user base. Maybe it is the sheer amount of ads that are jammed on their pages, or maybe it is the fact that they spam the crap out of your e-mail list if you upload it.

Whatever the case Tagged has been a site that has seen explosive growth. I question the quality of the community, the quality of the site, and the quality of people that run it. This is one of the few companies I openly root for to fail.

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Dec
07

Hoverspot Review

(This was a review I originally wrote over at buzznetworker.com. While I have rewritten any reviews I did over there I have to say I refuse to do so with Hoverspot. The site is one of the biggest pieces of crap out there and I refuse to spend one extra second of my time looking at it.)

Site: Hoverspot.com

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Users: Honestly… I don’t care on this one…

Features: Normally I would sit here and try to pick out some of the different features of the website that are redeeming qualities, however there is no such thing with hoverspot. It just feel like someone decided to start a social networking website with some friends with the goal of jamming advertising down my throat.

It has the point system that we see on some of the other social networking sites, but it seem less about participating and encouraging people to view content than to get people to whore the site out to new people. It just feels like a giant MLM scheme to me.

Review: I would rather jab a spork into my eyeball than ever go back to that site again. Needless to say I am not going to recommend the site, in fact I might openly root for them to go out of business.

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Dec
07

A review of the Experience Project

Site: Experience Project

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Members: ???

Features: I think the best way to explain the Experience Project is to take the description from the site.

Experience Project is the first social experience website where you can anonymously share the experiences and personal stories that matter most to you. Quickly build a network of supportive new friends who understand your life, while exploring over one million life experiences told first-hand by people just like you.

The site is feature rich with messages, stories, confessions, profiles, groups, blogs, games, and other community content. Groups are broken down to people that share the same experiences including loveless marriages, people suffering from depression, and cat lovers.

Review: There is a ton of activity on the site and it is really interesting to see how it is setup. There are so many features on the site that it is a tad bit overwhelming. When you are on your profile start page there is content along both sidebars that allow the user to stumble on different features and content. (I think it could be toned down a bit because frankly there is just too much there.)

The site sucks you in, I can’t say that it is something that I would personally use everyday but it drew me in and sucked away a few hours of my time.

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Dec
07

Gather Review

Site: Gather

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Members: ???

Features: Gather is focused on the over 30 crowd with the features build around good discussion not around picking people up. Users have a profile, can message, upload photos, videos, and posts. There are also groups that are built around topical content.

Gather also uses a points system that rewards users for their participation on the site. There are multiple ways to stumble across content through random generation or even popular ratings.

Review: I am not sure how effective this is in rewarding user engagement, I think it works on some level on message boards as a some sort of social capitol but on social networks I really doubt it as a motivating factor.

The layout was well designed and it was easy to use. There was a lot of content on the site and discussions were occurring. Some of the most popular blogs posts had 50-100 comments.

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Dec
07

A review of Rimzu

Site: Rimzu

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Members: 1307

Features: Rimzu is a small private social network that is worthless unless you invite people to your network. From there you can ask questions and compare people in your network. There are no other features to really talk about.

Review: I have no idea why I am reviewing this site. It is on the Internet and takes up space that is all I can really say, I guess it has a great API for what features I have no idea.

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Dec
07

A review of Netlog

Site: Netlog

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Members: 35,028,715 members with 7,102,597 English speaking members

Features: The first time you visit Netlog you are asked what language you want to see the site in. From there a cookie is set in your browser that will redirect you to your preferred language each time you visit the site. There is a lot of diversity across the site with active communities in all languages.

Netlog has a lot of services you would expect to see on a social networking site. You can browse through other users profiles, commend and rate pictures, post blogs, upload videos, share events, share links, and discover new music. There is also a section just for brands that allow people to connect to their favorite companies and products.

Users can also join clans that are groups without the message boards. There is photo sharing and your latest blog posts will show up but that is about it.

New to the site is the ability to skin your profile as well as deploy applications.

Review: I like the navigation of Netlog a lot. I think their interface design is very easy to use and it is appealing to the eye. The actual profile and pages of people/brands leave a little to be desired because it seems like everything is floating in a grey box.

There are areas on the site with a lot of activity. I think the clans are an underdeveloped feature that probably could have a more robust feature set. I like the idea that users can post their blogs to the clan and use that as a jumping off point to the conversation but I would like to see it intertwined with a traditional message board.

As general social networking sites go I think this is one of the better looking sites I have reviewed.

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Dec
07

A review of SkyRock

Site: Skyrock

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Members: Over 11 million

Features: Skyrock is a multilingual site based out of France that centers on a basic blogging platform. The idea of the blog is to be a content hub for photos, videos, and written content. The site has a profile feature, messaging, and friend inviting option. The site has a lot of features you see on other social networking sites like profiles can be put up against each other in duels, pictures can be voted on, and there is a rating system for content.

There is a chat function as well, when I was on the site there were over 3,000 active chatters on line mostly European based.

Review: People criticize MySpace as being horribly designed and the profiles being ugly to look at well Skyrock apparently wants to remain in that competition. The site comes off as overly cluttered, it doesn’t matter if it is the homepage or one of the main pages of the features, Skyrock tries to jam as much shit onto them as possible.

None of the features of the site set it apart from other general social networking sites. It just comes off as a wannabe MySpace, Bebo, or Friendster.

The one thing I do like about the site is that they give the blogging community a little more relevance on this site. MySpace has a vibrant blogging community but they do everything they can it seems to alienate it, from continually not fixing the tools that are available to looking at blog content creators as second class citizens unless they are celebrities.

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Dec
05

A review of Thoos

Site: Thoos

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Members:????

Features: Thoos is a “social guide to adventure”. The community submits various guides for multiple outdoor activities like climbing, cycling, fishing, hiking, running, skiing, and surfing. Additionally members can create and share maps of their routes through a Google Maps setup. Users can establish goals that they can share with the community.

You can friend, fill out a profile, and message other users.

Review: Thoos reminds me a lot of the climbing community Bouldr. It is a very simple site, doesn’t have a ton of traffic but it has a community that uses it and views it as an active tool.

It isn’t a feature rich site but it fills the needs for the members of the community. I would like to see a group feature on it but I think they have a good think going, especially for those that travel and want to learn about the area they are going to and the various routes for outdoor activities.

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