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Land of the forgotten community sites…

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!

Here goes:

SocialMedian

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.

Plurk

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.

Identi.ca

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.

Delicious.com

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:

MySpace

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.

FriendFeed

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.

StumbleUpon

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!)

MyBlogLog

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*

Also be sure to check out the comments….

Is it quiet in here….?

Just a quick post to give you a sneak peek at what I’ve been up to and what you might expect to see coming up here on Web 2.What?

  • I’ve been reading Groundswell, perhaps why it’s so quiet around here since I just can’t seem to get my nose out of it! Almost done and a full review will come shortly.
  • Been loving Nathania Johnson’s blog Social Media Butterfly, who–I will admit enviously–posts much more than I do. Be sure to check it out.
  • Blogging about my first love, email marketing, over at Tamara Gielen’s Be Relevant! Blog. In fact, you might enjoy my latest post, which explains why I believe email should be treated more like a social media tool instead of direct mail.
  • I went out to the first Social Media Breakfast in Ottawa, and not only had a fantastic time but was able to meet some twitter friends in real life. Exciting! Also, Adrian of DNA 11 (a company which makes art out of DNA) presented about how his company leveraged social media channels to make it into some impressive mainstream media.
  • Have you tried a real social media monitoring tool? I have been testing, demoing and talking to all sorts of folks in this essential area. So far I’ve already reviewed Infegy’s Social Radar. I’m still testing it, but soon I will write about Radian6.
  • As always I’m hopelessly addicted to Twitter, so be sure to follow me. I’m also dabbling in Plurk, if you’re a little more adventurous. Also, I’m on FriendFeed but having a hard time really getting into it, please drop a comment and tell me why you love FriendFeed so I can perhaps see the light!

Well, those are my excuses for not blogging more often. I am trying to post at least 3 times per week, but I’m sure you’ll understand I don’t just want to post garbage for the sake of posting!

Also I’d love your suggestions for how I can improve this blog, or what you’d like to hear about that’s not being represented elsewhere. Please drop a comment or email me at kelly(at)web2dotwhat.com!

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Plurk's got potential!

If you pay attention to some of the social media buzz out there, surely you’ve already heard of Plurk. Plurk is like twitter, but takes it a step further by laying out posts on a visual time line and when you want to reply to someone’s post, instead of the @username, you can actually drop down someone’s message into what can best be described as an IM chat box and keep the conversation going. Anyone–fans or friends–can jump in as well. It’s hyper-interactive, and a lot of fun.

Why will it stick?

Now I’m certainly not ready to give up Twitter–I worked hard to build up my followers–but I could definitely keep coming back to plurk, and that’s because on top of it all it they build another dimension of fun in with your Plurk Karma. The more you post, the more karma you earn, and when you invite people into plurk you earn more karma–this point is key because any type of social site’s success depends on it’s ability to continuously expand. And we all know friend referral is the best way to do that. Anyway, what does plurk karma do? Earns you cool stuff of course! The more karma you get, the more you can customize your profile. As well you earn new and cool smileys. These obviously become “Cool” status symbols and those of us who don’t have them yet are just dying to get them!

So, if you dare, give plurk a try, and don’t forget to add me as your friend!

PS-Are you on Plurk? What do you think about it? Have you not tried it yet? Why not? Keep the conversation going below…