So if you’re even a little bit like me, you’ve probably signed up for a few community/social media sites and have never gone back. And in my case, by a few, I really mean a TON. Not purposely, sometimes I sign quickly when I’m busy, intending to check it out later, and never make it. Sometimes I just poke around a while and decide it doesn’t appeal to me. Sometimes I just downright hate it (though rarely, I’m pretty easy to please!)
Anyway, what I thought could be fun if I named off a few sites that I am a member of, but don’t ever visit. Also I’d love for you to jump into the comments and tell me either a)Why i *should* get involved with one of my abandoned sites, or b)What sites you’ve done the same for. I think it could make for an interesting list!
Socialmedian is even trying so hard by sending me emails everday! And I think it *sounds* like a really cool concept, but for some reason I haven’t been back. I think one day someone added me as a friend or whatever they call it, and I had difficulty logging in, and that was the end of that. The deal is it’s a personalized news service, and you can share your news with others. I think I could get into it, but haven’t yet.
I actually really like Plurk, and log in from time to time, but the problem is I have over 600 followers on Twitter, and about 25 on Plurk. Which one would you use? However it does seem that Plurk has a loyal following… I’m just not a part of it.
Sooooo identi.ca is just like twitter, but with less features, and doesn’t look as nice? Yea, not sure why I haven’t given it much of a chance. Like probably most of its users, I signed up when Twitter was having service issues, but since those have been resolved, it’s barely crossed my mind.
OK I was a die-hard del.icio.us fan, but some where along the way, dropped it all together. In fact, I’ve only been to the site once since it was re-branded as delicious.com. Is the social bookmarking trend dying down or is it just me?
Ok that’s what I’m starting with. Let me know which sites you’ve abandoned. I will probably update this evening.
**Update** Here are some I’ve added since this page originally went up:
One I can’t believe I forgot is MySpace–which actually prompted this post! I joined MySpace a couple years ago, before Facebook was public–because many of my personal friends were using it. However, I always hated the interface and ugly layouts and embedded music on pages, so I was happy to abandon it! Sadly I don’t think I was the only one, because you seldom here anything about it anymore. However out of the blue yesterday I received a “MySpace Newsletter” (which I don’t remember ever seeing before) so I guess they’re finally trying to get things together again. Either way, I’m done with it.
As a few people have mentioned in the comments, FriendFeed is another one that’s fading. I really like the idea of FriendFeed — aggregating all your services, but I just couldn’t figure out what I was suppose to do on the site… Because I’d already read all the updates in Facebook, Twitter, etc. I suppose I don’t regularly use enough services to make FriendFeed completely worthwhile.
One nobody has mentioned, but I just realized I’m not using nearly as much is StumbleUpon. Which I absolutely ADORE, and I have no idea why it fell off my radar. I suppose because I’m not using my iMac as much, I wonder if there’s an iPhone app? (If not… there should be!)
I used to LOVE MyBlogLog! And it used to bring great traffic to my blog, but it fizzled out somewhere. I think when I started Web 2.What? it did not have the same momentum as when I’d started out with MBL while it was still new and I lost interest. I go on from time to time, and just feel like there’s of members just trying to drive traffic and it’s lacking a community feel. *shrug*
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