Too many social networks? GizaPage puts them all into one social home page

Too many social networks? GizaPage puts them all into one social home page

Summary: In case you hadn't heard, all the cool kids are going "vanity" these days - vanity Facebook URLs, vanity phone numbers on Google Voice and now vanity social networking pages where all of your profiles, from Facebook and Twitter to Flickr and YouTube, can be viewed and managed from one easy-to navigate browser window.This morning, a startup called GizaPage announced some upgrades to a pretty bare-bones but nicely organized social networking home page.

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In case you hadn't heard, all the cool kids are going "vanity" these days - vanity Facebook URLs, vanity phone numbers on Google Voice and now vanity social networking pages where all of your profiles, from Facebook and Twitter to Flickr and YouTube, can be viewed and managed from one easy-to navigate browser window.

This morning, a startup called GizaPage announced some upgrades to a pretty bare-bones but nicely organized social networking home page. Think of GizaPage as a browser window with tabs open for each of your social networking home or profile pages. But it's actually a Web page with a single URL - yup, you guessed it - a vanity URL that the guys over at GizaPage are hoping you'll use to replace all those pesky user names at the bottom of your e-mail signature.

The upgrades are interesting because they seem to go right at a sweet spot in social networking these days - companies who are using tools like Twitter, Facebook and You Tube to extend their online presence and market their brands. As part of the upgrades that are being rolled out today, users can now add skins to give the page a colorful look (or plaster with a brand logo) - as opposed to that dreary default color - and can redirect the page to a domain name or subdomain, something like social.mycompany.com.

The company is also offering one-click "business cards," basically clickable images that can be embedded in an email signature, blog page or Facebook profile and direct users to the GizaPage.  Finally, it also plans to offer basic analytics - initially starting with a record of how many times each tab was viewed and more to come later.

There are other services out there that are offering services similar to GizaPage's - such as Dandy ID and Retaggr - but in those cases, they want you to join their social networking site and then link to your other online profiles. I don't know about you but I'm just about at maxed out on online social networks. GizaPage embeds the actual Web page - the actual Facebook profile or Twitter Home Page, for example - so those sites still record the page views.

On the Enterprise side, GizaPage reminds me a bit of what Salesforce is offering with its Facebook and Twitter apps, allowing companies to tap into what's being discussed about them on the social sites and incorporate it into the company's other databases. Salesforce is tapping in deeper but GizaPage is offering access to a greater lineup of social networks.

As we become overloaded with our social network presences, it only seemed like a matter of time before someone came up with a central place to manage and interact with all of them.

Topics: Collaboration, Networking, Social Enterprise

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  • we should be subscribing to the person

    not to the person on a particular site.

    In other words, we need to be able to publish from a single location, like our own PC or cloud space. We put out pictures, or 'tweets', or statuses, etc, and they can then be consumed by the people subscribed to us in whatever format they like.

    Social networks were a nice in-between solution, but as noted, there are far too many to handle.
    coffeeshark
    • But we may want several identities?

      That may be true, but how to cope with running several identities, such as the persona your friends see; the one for your family; your professional profile...?

      Both your idea and GizaPage would make it tough to manage your online personae to different communities like we do off-line, where I share very different details to my friends than I would a potential customer, for example. Unless you have several different online profiles of course, in which case you haven't fixed the problem.

      I can see a role for GizaPage, but it doesn't eradicate the need or interest in specific social networking sites, as it is quite likely each site will be used because it's best for something in particular. I see the list of potential sites to link to growing as niche networks become easier to use thanks to initialives like Facebook Connect.

      As I say with any social networking page/feed consolidator, I just hope the service can keep up as the list of relevant networks grows.

      Ian Hendry
      CEO, WeCanDo.BIZ
      http://www.wecando.biz
      ianhendry
  • RE: Too many social networks? GizaPage puts them all into one social home page

    Seems like a great idea, but I can achieve the same results by opening up my social networks in different tabs in my browser. what else can they offer?
    twallywhite
    • Reply to twallywhite

      Valid point Twallywhite, GizaPage can be used for consumption similar to the way you suggested. And it can also be used as a way to present your complete identity on 1 page using 1 URL to others. So you could forward your GizaPage url to all your friends for them to learn more about who you are and the various profiles you are active on - it encourages them to connect with you on other shared networks and more deeply engage with you on the social web.

      Hope this helps.

      Amit
      GizaPage
      jaipuria
  • RE: Too many social networks? GizaPage puts them all into one social home page

    That may sound great...but who will actually travel to the website to see the updates? It sounds like something I can achieve with the use of tabs in my browser.
    twallywhite
  • My solution: Don't join so many!

    My solution is to not join so many. Does the world really need to know what's going on in your life?

    I use only [b]one[/b] to keep in contact with family overseas, and that's it. I keep my "friend" list to only family, and keep the permissions nailed down tight. No need to broadcast to the entire world.
    CobraA1
  • RE: Too many social networks? GizaPage puts them all into one social home page

    At first glance, I thought this was an index to all of the sites in the first place, not a listing of what you are subscribed to (in my case--none).
    To me that is more useful.
    dhays
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