The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 11:51:44 AM on Monday, March 10th, 2008

SocialThing is already getting beat up (also on TechCrunch) on the fact that they call for your login information to the minuscule handful of sites they currently support. You would imagine that to compete they would include so many more (here we go pointing to Profilactic again with over 100). I am not going to compare this to FriendFeed (which has it's own issues), let us start from scratch as I always do.

So I logged into the site and it prompted me to add some accounts to start pulling data. The dynamic ability to know when I added friends (by providing login info) was nice, yet scary all at the same time. I added Twitter, Flickr and Pownce to test things out. So here is the first image, I pointed to a couple items to start.

  1. It does highlight items that are directed specifically at you (ie: Twitter)
  2. It does show items you post with the SocialThing icon, so you know it is one of yours.

The settings are was quite weak, with it still showing the same account list no matter if I had entered previous accounts or not and no way to see those that I had entered. Now I did manage to find some icons at the very bottom of the window that related to my account as shown here

But I found that this was a terrible implementation since these same ones could not be found in the actual Account configuration section as shown below. What was happening in the image was it showed all my accounts as they loaded and then the icon vanished. So there was no good way to reset or remove your account. When I tried to go back into Flickr it told me I was already using that name in the service, with no way to change or remove it!!

Sorting the lifestream was by user or time, and the ability to include your own items or not.

It seems I can reply to Tweets that others have done, but I cannot post my own Tweets from the application, which defeats the purpose. I am playing with many different Twitter clients, but I am getting the feeling no one is getting it in how to bring everything together.

Before I rant on too long, I would read the forums. it seems other services that you could integrate have vanished and tons of bugs in kinks to work out. Yes I know it is beta, yes I know to be patient, but they are missing chances for good first impressions. That is what makes the site sticky.

  • 1) SocialThing is being treated anti-social
    Created by Corvida at 03/10/2008 12:44:22 PM email | website

    I'm going to edit my post to link to your article too. You point out some great annoyances with the service and I'm glad I haven't added any of my information into it. All I did was registered.

  • 2) re: SocialThing is being treated anti-social
    Created by Chris Miller at 03/11/2008 2:09:39 PM email | website

    @Corvida we have had some of the same annoyances with it now. I hope they listened

  • 3) SocialThing is being treated anti-social
    Created by Suzy at 03/16/2008 8:52:54 PM |

    Maybe before you start gripping about all the services that Socialthing! doesnt' have you ought to find out exactly how this site was built and about the 3 men who are behind the idea. They didn't have the backing of millions like the former googlers. These are 3 men who were working at other jobs to pay the bills and tyring to get the company off the ground. TechStar saw the potential and gave them the chance they needed. If all you so called tech experts would got out from behind your computers long enough to find out about the real people behind this site, you would be talking about what they have been able to accomplish with such limited backing instead of finding fault with everything.

  • 4) re: SocialThing is being treated anti-social
    Created by Chris Miller at 03/19/2008 3:09:31 PM email | website

    @Suzy - I appreciate the feedback, but a site review is a site review based on what they delivered. Not how long it took, how many did it or if they used an old Pentium II to host it. I worry about functionality, forgiving performance for any new site. I simply look at what void they are trying to fill and how effectively they did it.

    Peek at my podcasts where I talk to the site developers to let them explain the where, how and why of their site. I would be happy to have them on! So if you know them and they are interested, please do get in touch!

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