Sunday, March 22, 2009
Last week I ventured out to see if I could find another social networking site that suited my needs more than the new, stripped-down version of Facebook. I did some research and joined a bunch of the sites that I told you about. All in the name of research.
Here are my findings about each site:
Badoo This is the site I deleted myself from first. It is terrible! It has the feeling of being a FAKE site. Without my doing anything, I started getting requests GALORE from men all over Canada... and receiving messages like this:
MrFlipSide: Do u know of any good clubs in the area?
Tiger_Balm99: have u ever kissed in the rain?
haha. Sooo fake and weird. Also, I received approximately 5 emails a day from this site. Too fake and annoying.
Bebo - This one doesn't look bad! Although they tricked me into inviting some of my friends... by going through my hotmail address book and telling me that several of my friends already had an account when they didn't. ?? Oh well. It reminds me of a super-cleaned up Myspace.
Elftown Well, I was approved to join Elftown. The site is really boring and weird... and gives me the willies. Is it a cult? Perhaps. I have a lot to say about this, but I know the "mayor" of Elftown reads my blog now, so I shall leave it at that. Also, I tried deleting my account and got this page: creepy.
Tagged - I felt this one had good potential AT FIRST. However, once I signed up for Tagged, it would send me 10+ emails a day from "friend requests"... all single men. Yes, that's right, it claims to be a social networking site, but it is in fact more of a dating site. I accidentally signed up for a dating site!!!! Every time I checked my email is said things like:
Peter_Built said YES to you.
DanJuan69 has BOUGHT YOU.
I was like... uhh... what?? I thought I was here to add friends I already knew?? Stop buying me!!!!!!.. and... saying YES to what??!!?
Myspace - None of my friends have signed in since I went back 6 days ago. Yawn factory!
Twitter - I go on Twitter once or twice a day. I only have TWO celebrity friends on there - Tina Fey and Shaq. That probably tells you something about me. sidenote on Twitter - I NEVER have the same status/update on Facebook & Twitter. I'm cool like that.
Results of Experiment: Although Facebook has made changes I don't like, it is still the best site out there. Unless of course you're looking to join a cult or want to say YES back to Peter_Built.
p.s. have u ever kissed in the rain?
Posted by Karyn at 8:21 PM
Monday, March 16, 2009
As you probably know, Facebook recently changed its homepage. It took away the Live Feed and the ability to quickly, at a glance, see everything your friends have been up to (picture comments, commenting on notes, etc.) So now you basically can just see your friend's statuses and which quizzes they've done recently (I should live in Italy, my celebrity soul mate is Solange Knowles and I'm CHOCOLATE ice cream!)
So I've been looking into sowing my internet seeds elsewhere. Sort of looking for a site that does everything Facebook used to. Here is my expose on other social networking sites out there.
Adult Friend Finder - I found A LOT of friends on here, really quickly, but none of them liked laughing about how cute kittens are or talking about the latest Hollywood gossip. And when I "poked" one guy, it meant something completely different than it does on Facebook. :(
Badoo is multi-lingual, London based, and offers users the ability to connect with people at a local and global level. So I signed up for this last night, as a guinea pig. Here is what I've found... instead of statuses, you are encouraged to fill this in: "Today I want to ________ with _______." So there are 90 men who say "I want to party with a girl", "I want to dance with a girl", etc. Also, they sent me three messages from "friends"... one was from Mr. Flipside and this was supposedly his message: "small towns or big cities lol." No thanks. NEXT!
Bebo - stands for blog early, blog often. Bebo is similar to other social networking sites. Post a profile, make friends, write comments, post pics, etc. I have a profile! This one doesn't look bad.
Elftown - is an Internet community or social networking site for people interested in fantasy and science fiction. I signed up today. My name is Keebler79. You have to write why you want to join and who you are, etc. Then they MANUALLY go through each application to see if you should be "approved." ??? Anyway, I find out within 24 hours if I'm approved to join Elftown. *crosses elf fingers*
"Jaiku is a micro-blogging service comparable to Twitter", says the website. Umm... as far as I can see, it's EXACTLY like Twitter. Only green. So if you prefer green to blue, join this one.
Kaio -This one looks good! It has lots of stuff to look at on the main page - not just friend's statuses. My only complaint? ... it's all in German. All of the juicy gossip about my new friends is in German!!! It gives the option to switch to English, but it wouldn't work for me.
MEETin - umm... yeah. This website looks soooo cheap and stupid. It looks like one of those employment opportunity ads to "Type From Home and Make $2000 a day!!!!"
Nexopia - I know that a lot of people have tried this one. I think it's for teenagers?? I don't know. But it is based in downtown Edmonton!
Tagged seems okay. Kinda ugly, but oh well.
Myspace - I went back there last night. It leaves things to be desired also. Not to mention this is what my "friend feed" said ... "Jim is determined (24 days ago)" and "Becky is so angry (3 months ago)" and "Ted only has 5 days to live (6 days ago.)" So, yeah. it's all ghost-towny over there.
Twitter - I almost forgot about Twitter. I think it's really boring and I don't get it. Sorry. I tried.
All I really want is old Facebook to come back :( We were so perfect together.
Posted by Karyn at 4:24 PM