New Social Networks set to take on Twitter
Yes, new social networks launched recently – Subjot and Heello.
We’ve all heard about Google+ the project that aims to make sharing on the web more like sharing in real life is its claim. With its Circles, Sparks and Hangouts it makes it a little different to Twitter and Facebook.
However in the past two weeks we have seen two new kids on the block.
Subjot – Created by Chris and Becky Carella and launched on the 4th of August – in private beta.
The main element is that is Chris and Becky believe that social networks can be overwhelming and sometimes we just want to read what we need to, not everything else at the same time. So they have introduced Subjects in such a format that sets them apart from all other social networks, in my opinion.
Instead of following a particular person on Subjot you actually just follow the subject –
A user might have 4 subjects – music, tech, windsurfing, cricket.
You might like this person and find them knowledgeable about tech you don’t want to hear about the other subjects, then you would just follow tech.
When you “tweet” here you – Jot your thought in the subject you have chosen – in 250 words and only the people that follow that subject will see.
I think this is a brilliant idea! As do many others as in 9 days as closed beta they have 22 thousand users! I must say both Chris and Becky are working very hard to make this happen, they are always there listening to suggestions and commenting on jots (tweets) I personally have been there about a week, just cruising every now and then to see how it is going and I have 79 followers already, its very user friendly indeed.
Next we have
Heello – Launched a few days go by Twitpic founder Noah Everett
I joined Heello a few days ago, it is very much like the Twitter we knew and loved in the beginning – I love the design of Heello much more than I do newtwitter, Heello is more like a back to basics version of Twitter – which coincidentally is why I preferred twitter to other networks in the first place.
Sadly however, I haven’t been able to get my account off the ground yet, and every time I try there seems to be problems with servers, once I thought that I had forgotten my password and tried to request it but nothing happened. There was nothing to welcome me, or to show me the ropes although it is very simple – to ping (tweet) you type in the “share what you are doing box” and you can share this to twitter or facebook – to maybe create more interest. So as yet I have ZERO followers and ZERO following nor can I see how to do this as I just get this message.
A lot of users are saying the same thing mentioning crashing and things not working and yet Heello claim that they are getting an astonishing 100,000 new users a day – so even with my maths that makes 400,000 users already!! – well if they are like me, they are users that cannot use! I will keep trying though, as I do like the look of Heello in its Twitter simplicity.
There has also been a third element hanging in the wings for a while and that is incliq – they claim that incliq is a new revolutionary peer to peer social network. I reserved my username here month ago but it hasn’t been launched yet. They say they are still working on it and still taking reservations, so watch this space. http://incliq.com/
For this we will have to wait and see!
I’d like to know what you think of the about new networks, have you tried them, what do you think?
Hope this helps