I tried Mint for a short while until I realized, I do not like even using more than one machine to do my normal financial work online, much rather upload it to a new site that has all the information in one place.
This site promises to take all your spending data and help you compare to those that are like you. In what way are they like me? Income? Region? Family size? Hobbies? There is a lot you would have to profile to get a good indication of actual comparison. They start by asking what stores you shop at to get a gender feel. I had no idea guys couldn't shop at Bed, Bath and Beyond.
They have a live demo area where you can see what goes on, so I am not even doing screenshots. I know, while this offers the ability to see spending trends for many, a simple local program like Quickr that does the same thing works just as well and sits local, not on some server. I am not usually paranoid like this, but all my financial eggs in one online basket with the recent rash of break-ins makes me a bit nervous for now. You should consider that..
In order to login to the site, a member must provide a valid email address ending in ".edu." College.com then verifies the address and domain before the member can log in.
The privacy provided by limiting membership to college students and professors is touted as the site's primary advantage over the other social networking platforms.
You, the user, has to create categories and then links to each site and profile manually. Instead of providing a simple UI that asks for your username per social network site, they require you to actually fill in the links. Here is a sample user page..
So in order to get this, you must create categories that you see in the sample and then put links to your sites in the categories. I would have hoped for a much simpler and streamlined UI way to do all of this and then let the user simply input their username or id into some fields. Great for a Web 1.0 world look and feel. Just not where social network aggregators are today. There are much better out there to choose from, many I am doing site reviews on here on the blog.
So I went ahead and picked my school. Interestingly it attempts to show the logo for you school. Well in picking a handful, not a singel one of them had the school logo available. it even let you upload your own.
You are allowed to add where you have worked (LinkedIn). You first do a search and if your company is not found then you can add it into their directory for others in the future. Affiliations work exactly the same way to set organizations or societies. The More About Me area is some simple lines for you to fill in as shown below.
Lastly there was a search area. I did the name Steve for grins and only got 8 matches so people are not signing up just yet. You could search by 3 other attributes though.
So overall this is just as bad as the attempt they made into Mash. The Mailbox feature was senseless since I have to sign into Yahoo to get into Kickstart, why does it not link to the Yahoo mailfile. Why in the world would I want another internal to Yahoo mailbox when they force me to have one in the first place with having a Yahoo account to use this service?
If you have not played with the site, listen in to get some great tips and an even better understanding on how this really is a social network and not just a browser portal for content.
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|TheSocialGeeks Episode 18 - Stop being lazy and filter||00:40:22||36.98 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 17 - Facebook is the universe||00:43:06||39.47 Mb|
|TheSocialGeeks Episode 16 - I Want the Post, not Pre||00:56:01||48.73 Mb|
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|TheSocialGeeks Episode 13 - No spit zone||00:56:43||51.94 Mb|
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Yes this is a blatant theft of the outline that Jess uses on her page, but I asked permission. Why?? Because I am a hardcore admin and can make ugly tables to make you developers frustrated, but this was too nice to pass up.
Yes, I write some of those dreaded admin cert exams you take. I won't say which ones so you don't come looking for me, but I will say they are the real good recent ones that have been coming out.
One dog, a Pug. He has been on this world before and seems to understand slippers and a fine cigar. Mind you that is him in the chair and not me.
Let us now also add a deranged cat that is in the process of being toilet trained. Update: Toilet traning was very very close.
Non-stop. At my desk, in my car, walking to work and back to my car downtown. In the house there is a crazy zoned set-up for you home automation geeks.
I am a self-proclaimed MP3 fiend, to which I have tried rehab 4 billion times to no avail. Next is the MP3 hard-drive for the car that I found. Now what kind of music you ask? I will never tell.
Get back to you here
Hershey’s Stomach of Holding: Jess and I are fighting over who eats more chocolate. TWDUFF can help me out and vouch for me.
This will take far more time than I have today. I will start with I was born and still live in St. Louis, MO. Even though for a couple years I was never, ever here and always on the road, this is smack in the middle of the US. Everything is just a few hour flight. That part is nice. No beach/ocean/coast isn't the best. But with the travel I make up for it.
Looking to find me in person? Here is where I will be.
|delayed||customer visit||Minneapolis, MN|
|Mar 31 - Apr 4||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||Copenhagen, Denmark|
|Apr 30 - May 2||Admin2008||Boston, MA|
|May 10 - 15||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||London|
|Jun 4 - 6||Irish Lotus User Group 2008||Dublin, Ireland|
|Jun 16 - 19||Lotus Notes and Domino 8 Upgrade Seminar||San Francisco, CA|
|Jun 21 - 29||Vacation||Some island I am not telling you|