The Social Networker

by Chris Miller at 02:42:32 PM on Thursday, April 30th, 2009
After discussing Google Profiles yesterday, I ran across Nombray today.  At first I thought it was a social aggregator of my web data.  After looking at the site and their limited help areas, one thing was clear.  They basically ask the normal user to pay an annual fee to get themselves promoted in search engines while offering some web templates for yourself.

I do like the simple fact that they offer the normal user a way to aggregate all the places they participate and I see the business case for providing a service.  I wasn't able to see a walk-through or any detailed information.  I was incredibly surprised by that when the first thing you are asked to do is provide credit card information.

I looked at the sample pages and most were tabs hooked to public profile information (some had RSS links).  The main design of most of them brought their Facebook/LinkedIn pages to the front frame.  I was thinking it would be more of a sleek drag and drop type widget interface.

So how they then promote you to be found higher in search rankings I am not sure, and it is not described.  There is plenty of social aggregators on the web (here is my collection on Diigo) for you to play with and place as a widget on your blog.  Or take a look at my homepage I did with some simple widgets from each site.  Either way, own your name on the web.

  • 1) Nombray - a paid site for what we discussed Google Profiles did for free yesterday?
    Created by Chris Lunt at 04/30/2009 4:58:31 PM email | website

    Our emphasis is less on the aggregation (and there are many solutions out there for that problem), and instead on the development of a personal brand. Aggregation provides a quick and easy way to get started, but the real benefit comes if you develop your own content. And if you stop showing yourself under someone else's aegis (say, Google's). Why are you paying for t-shirts? You could probably get some Google ones for free...

    At any rate, we're adding the ability for a free trial in a couple weeks. Thanks for the feedback, and the coverage.

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