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As if accounts at Blogger, Xanga, LiveJournal and my real blog weren't enough, BEHOLD!  Here is srah's Yahoo! 360° account!

(Yahoo! 360° is Yahoo!'s attempt to make a sort of all-in-one online presence, with blogs, photos, reviews and social networking system all tied together.)

First of all, I really don't think it's a good idea to give your Internet product a name with a character that's not on the keyboard. Second, I don't have high hopes for this blog thing (not just for me - I think it's pretty much a given that I'm not going to be using this regularly when I already have all of these alternatives - but for the world in general) because people like blogging in THEIR OWN SPACE. That's what makes them feel comfortable.

Yahoo! has this strange "renting" metaphor going on - my invitation from Yogi says:

I've rented my own place on Yahoo! 360 and I'd like you to connect to me so we can stay in touch. You can touch my blog, my photos, my lists - and all sorts of things that matter to me. You can rent a personal page and blog of your own, which will be linked to mine. Because who wouldn't want to be linked to mine?!!?

MT lets you publish to your own space. It's sort of like owning your own home. LJ and Blogger make that illusion with customized templates so that you can make the place your own.  Yahoo! is like the Albion College dorms, where you cannot use nails or tacks on the walls - just sticky tack - and as a result, all of your belongings fall off the walls and the ugly institutional white color of the walls shows through. There's no personalization so there's never the comfort of home.

Anyway, if you want to have a go at it, I've got 99 invitations.

srah - Tuesday, 12 April 2005 - 9:24 AM

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Comments (16)

gravatar Kyle - April 12, 2005 - 10:50 AM -

Hmm, now it looks like you need a wallop account :)

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 10:52 AM -

Oh no! What the crap is wallop?

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 10:59 AM -

Is anyone else not seeing the photos in 360°?

gravatar Noor - April 12, 2005 - 11:07 AM -

Wow Srah, I would have never expected to see an in-depth HCIish analysis of a social computing application on your blog! ;)

Seriously, though, you've got some good points about it. And if it is supposed to be like a "place," why is it called 360? That doesn't mean place, apartment, or anything else that I would rent.

gravatar Noor - April 12, 2005 - 11:09 AM -

I don't really know much about wallop other than it is some research thing at MS:

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 11:10 AM -

Was that HCIish? Oops. Don't look at my Flickr photostream then.

gravatar Cari - April 12, 2005 - 1:01 PM -

At least it's one less password to remember since it's part of Yahoo

gravatar Kyle - April 12, 2005 - 2:57 PM -

wallop invite sent, srah. Hope you have an up to date flash plugin installed in your browser :)

gravatar Noor - April 12, 2005 - 3:04 PM -

Kyle - can I get an invite too?

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 3:04 PM -

I've got it and I'm floundering around aimlessly. This kinda sucks so far, but the idea is cool. I hope I get invites soon so I can invite all my little HCI chum(p)s.

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 3:59 PM -

I also like that it says, "You can touch my blog, my photos, my lists - and all sorts of things that matter to me."

It always makes me feel more welcome when someone invites me over and says, "Please, feel free to touch my special things."

gravatar srah - April 12, 2005 - 6:06 PM -

Noor's invite has been sent. I have one left for now. Any takers?

gravatar Noor - April 12, 2005 - 7:20 PM -

this wallop thing reminds me of all those weird interfaces that we studied in 503 . . .

gravatar sarah - April 12, 2005 - 8:53 PM -

you can touch my blog sounds wrong

gravatar katie - April 13, 2005 - 12:19 PM -

"Please, feel free to touch my special things."

However, keep your damn hands off the unimportant and forgotten things buried beneath a layer of dust in my basement and attic. Those, my friend, are sacred.

gravatar Aye - April 26, 2005 - 4:17 PM -

I do NOT want an invitation to wallop. I would like a yahoo invite.


But most especially I want lottery offers, closing million dollar bank accounts, and other such entertianing email ;)

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