Gah, I hate that friends service. It just isn't my cup of tea to
camwhore all day long. Besides, I hate to see other people more sexy
than my sexy self. No room for competition.
The fundament power that drives these online social networks so
successfully is non-other than social sex. Of course not directly, you
can't expect them to "produce" a massaging hand out of the computer
screen to give you any pleasure. It's more of a dating thing, they
promise you sex and it's all up to you to bring it back home.
Friendster offers you an online profile, testimonials (from your
friends), a kick-ass friends network, blog (typepad), personal
messages, and other mini-and-cool-but-not-so-rare features such as css
editing of your profile page.
I must say, the part I love most about friendster is the friend's
network. It shows you who you connect with other people if they aren't
immediately your friend. It's one of the best way to
get a date
Then there's the testimonial part to boost yer ego. You write something
good about others, they'll write you back in return. The more
testimonials you have prooves how likable you are and the more number
of friends you have tells how popular you are.
Friendster makes it easy for you to
update on your friend's current affairs, much like how some personal blog works. It even allow you to
learn more about that hottie you met last week in the bar. (talk about privacy)
Brilliant, isn't it? Wait there's more. Friendster even allows you to
blog. You hear that? Blogging, on Friendster. That's even more
brilliant than sleeping naked. (right)
It does have some limitations which really isn't that much to complain
about. To make custom templates is pretty tough there, it's all CSS.
You have to find out all the classnames before you can come up with a
CSS hack. But, I guess that's just about the only limitations.
Summary of what I like about Friendster:
1) Friends network
What can Blogdrive learn from Friendster?
Duh, the Friends Network. Blogdrive currently have profiles enabled for
blog owners and there's also the tagging feature. Honestly I don't know
what the tagging feature can really do other than a form of measurement
who have seen your profile (or blog in some cases)
The new feature ideas would probably be something like this:
1) You are able to add Friends on your profile page,
2) You can see how other people connect to you,
3) You can leave a quick testimonial on the profiles page,
4) Personal Messages,
How would this benefit Blogdrive?
A wider userbase. Currently there are only around 300000 signed up
accounts on Blogdrive including the abandoned/deleted account. That's a
very small percentage in the world of online social/community. Wider
userbase would also mean greater traffic and that would add to the
bandwidth cost and server overload problems. But that would really
depend on what they want really.
Note: Everything said here, just like
everything else in this blog are my personal comments and observation
and doesn't represent the views of our beloved Blogdrive.
, Social Networking
, Friends Network