sharethis

Thursday, November 22, 2007

A social networking fest


Let me think. It must be all of 3 days since I wrote anything about social networking. For something that is beginning to bore the pants of me I seem to be increasingly writing, conference speaking and consulting about the subject.

Here are few bits and pieces that have flashed through my Outlook inbox.
Growing Bolder is up and running. The first couple of pre-launch video-newsletters were amusing but after the umpteenth - “we are nearly there folks” - announcement the joke began to wear thin.

I am not sure about the sign-in barrier approach (see above). In my experience it rarely works and is quickly dropped. So far the site has 212 visible members. I guess there may be more who don’t want their profile displayed. What’s the bet that there will be a limited non-member entry to the site within the next month or two?
As I have recently mentioned, Sagazone has been getting bucket loads of coverage in the UK press. Nonsense like: “silver surfers discover their own Facebook” etc etc….Back in August it had 11,700 members. This has increased to 27,572. It will be interesting to see how the membership changes now the glare of the media has disappeared.
A new ‘empowering’ site for the baby boomer generation (Linkfifty.com) has erupted in the US. Yawn.

One site that does interest me is egenerations. At least it is different and makes a big thing of using video, which it does pretty well. Have a look at this learn section of the site.

For all those Dutch speakers who visit the blog here is the very first online social network for the 50 plus in the Netherlands. It is called http://www.vijftigplusser.nl/ and according to Arjan in't Veld (thanks for the lead) has all the functionality you would expect.

There you go another week in the life of 50-plus social networking. Dick Stroud

5 comments:

NBRIGGS said...

thanks for mentioning eGenerations.com - Something else to note is that eGenerations.com is THE ONLY major venture in support of 50+ that is NOT venture capital funded, and it's empowered by 1 man.

The new LearnInteractive feature is another innovation that will enable our Members to have fun while staying sharp, and learning new things.

Nathaniel Adam Briggs, CEO/Founder, eGenerations.com

NBRIGGS said...

I wish eGenerations.com had media coverage. Every competitor has at least $4M in venture capital, and has used Marketing / Promotions of some form.

eGenerations was created with $5K - and Zero Marketing.

NBRIGGS said...

I wish eGenerations.com had media coverage. Every competitor has at least $4M in venture capital, and has used Marketing / Promotions of some form.

eGenerations was created with $5K - and Zero Marketing.

Becca said...

I'm interested in finding as many 50+ sites as possible in the US. The link for "linkfifty" that is posted in your post above is for a UK site.

Can you post the one for the US, please?

Becca
www.womenetcetera.com

Dick Stroud said...

Want a list of social networking sites? I will publish an update list on my blog in the next week.

Dick