The case of 2 business social-networking tools
I have been experimenting with various social-networking fora and fauna and have to say is somewhat dissapointed to say the least. For our journey would use ryze and facebook and both of them feel incomplete. For this shootout/rant I used the basic accounts and the most visible facets of the three networking environments. If there are some things which I don’t know feel free to point those out.
1. Linkedin :- One can find linkedin at www.linkedin.com . The good thing I like it in linked.in is the way they display your connections/contacts, very much like the tree diagrams which are used for programming. What I find irritating though is very much the interface, there has been a delibete attempt it feels to make it sparse, uninviting. Like the other contendor it has options for groups but most of these groups seem to be in slumber or in private spaces. Nothing much haapening in the public domain so knowing how active a certain group is unknown.
2. Ryze :- This is a business social-network I joined recently. The pointer at www.ryze.com Quite a few of the social-networks are active and they do stuff in the public domain, but getting news in your inbox is a challenge. All you get in your inbox is something like this :-
some x person has posted a message at:
some subject line
on some xxxxx network on Ryze.
To change your notification preferences, go to:
Note :- All names and URL’s have been changed to protect the innocent 😉
As can be seen the post doesn’t give any meaningful information your mail id. It doesn’t tell you what he actually wanted to talk about. All of this is just pushing the user to the network. Many of the other networks would lemme read any of the mails or post done at a forum or wherever I am subscribed and give me detailed posts. This way I can go back to the fora and lookup the person, send a personal message through the dashboard if he/she doesn’t know me and wait for a response. The posts like this feel like they are cheating me. Like most of us would like to do all under one interface 😉
The other thing which I would infact, love to have some responses is about moderation. Of course it depends on a particular as to how heavily or how easily its moderated or not, but also what the tools are for doing the same in both the places.
One thing to note is that most of them follow the Freemium business model which is an interesting way to go about for sure. How successful they are or not would be more with the services than just the business model.
Of course, would be playing with both the networks and provide update to the experience. Any and all comments, suggestions, brickbats are all welcome 😉
Update:- There is also whoisi.com which has some very interesting take on the whole thing. Pointer to www.whoisi.com
/me out 😉