Watch out MySpace…Friendster is kicking ass with a new look and feel that makes MySpace look outdated, bland and boring.
Friendster’s new look is dope. I’ve been spending a lot of time on the site, making connects with old friends and meeting new people. I find that the people I’m running into are a bit more mature, a bit more creative, a bit more interesting to tell you the truth. Not that my MySpace friends aren’t cool and interesting…they are. Although MySpace are trying to corner the market on music, which is cool, Friendster’s new look and funcitionality has even more to it in a new BETA release that is hush-hush, on the QT. You can do all kinds of fun stuff on Friendster that you can’t do on MySpace.
Check it…I’m not sure I’m supposed to tell anyone this, but hey…I’m a blogger…I can do what I want, right? I’m sure I’ll get an email about this, but I’m gonna let you in on it anyway.
You can get a look at that Friendster’s new BETA release at http://beta.www.friendster.com. I’ve been playing around with it. It adds new functionality that MySpace is sleeping on. I can hear what’s his name…Tom? Yeah…I think that’s him…catching some shut eye while Friendster rocks-on.
There’s a new, Make An Introduction feature where you can introduce people you think they should meet. Love that. Can’t wait to use it. All you matchmakers out there, this is the place for you. It’s going to be key for musicians to put band’s together or DJs to connect by genre or location. I’m looking forward to testing it out.
Another feature just added is Who’s Viewed Me. Taking a page from the Match.com book of web design, Friendster has added a feature that I’m sure many people were screaming for. Now, why pay $30 a month on Match or pay for credits on LavaLife, when you can do the same thing on ad-supported Friendster for free?
There’s a new ShoutOut feature that you can use to post announcements, and the announcements appear in a pop-up as you mouse over an image in the Latest Bulletins section. Use of the pop-up is pretty neat, and it doesn’t take up unecessary space. It’s not a new window, it looks like one of those little clouds that you see in print cartoons, which carry the words of each character.
They’ve also partnered with Grouper.com to offer Friendster users a personal media sharing platform. A friend emailed me this info he got about what you can do with the Grouper software and your Friendster account.
It says, “You can share personal video (.mpg) pictures (.jpgs), and stream music (.mp3s), with your friends! You control which files you want to share with other Friendster users. You can also invite people not on Friendster to your group (theyâ€™ll have to join Friendster first in order to join your Grouper group and share files).”
I guess you can share photos, music, images all with this new Grouper software and your Friendster login.
If you want to try it out for yourself, download the software client at http://grouper.friendster.com. You must have a PC. Sorry, the client doesn’t run on a Mac. Hopefully, soon though.
I don’t have a PC right now, so I can’t give you the rundown on how it works, but you should check it out yourself to see and maybe report back here in my comments section just below this post.
Oh yeah, there’s one more thing. With Friendster I can now post up to 50 photos a month with their new Photo Blog tool based on Six Apart’s TypePad PhotoBlog platform, which allows you to upload, name and share up to 50 photos per month per album. Another cool factor is that you can have up to 25 photos in your main profile. Much more storage capacity to be able to show your pics. I’m diggin’ it.
Gotta jet! But check out my Friendster profile and see for yourself! Oh wait…you can’t…there’s no URL. Hmmm…I gotta check out how I can post my Friendster URL. All the new toys are great, but if there’s no URL, then how do I get people to check out my Friendster profile? I’ll have to check on that and post that info later. Peace and biscuits…