I joined About.me (www.about.me) social network about 3 weeks ago and set up a profile. http://www.about.me/markjuliano.
I was surprised to get over 16,000 views so quickly, and discover some interesting people. The website has about 80 million users, from the information I’ve seen about the website. UPDATE – over 21,000 views in 4 weeks.
On the RIGHT side of this website, you can see a Widget for About.me – for Mark Juliano obviously 🙂 – which is simple to integrate into WordPress.
UPDATE: September 3, 2015 — Yesterday I used About.me to find Photographers in San Francisco for my friend’s business (Brava Fashions). I found 194 hits, and then reviewed them to narrow down to 10 quality contacts. This proved very effective and About.me allowed me to view the photographers bios, web links, awards, and easily put a face with a name. Using About.me, I could also contact these photographers directly via the email function on About.me. Finally, I added them to my PHOTOGRAPHERS Collection on the site for later use.
About.me is a very good website for several reasons:
- It’s free (yes they has a premium version for $4/month, but I don’t see many benefits to going Premium
- It’s a good “launching point” for people. Some describe it as a detailed “digital business card”
- Include as long a profile description as you wish
- List as many LINKS to your (or others) blogs, podcasts, websites, articles, etc. etc. Facebook does not allow you to do this.
- Include your work history (or link to other profiles)
- List your interests, etc.
- Add a Widget to your blogs (such as WordPress — see mine on this website as an example)
- No Advertising!!!
- Other About.me subscribers can send you Complements and add you to their personally-defined Collections
- Google and Yahoo like this website, and you’ll see it high on search ranking results
What About.me is NOT:
- It’s not Facebook. No way to include lots of photos, updates, and things you like (such as movies, etc.)
- It’s not a blog — you link to your blogs
- It’s not a dating website (thank goodness), and the Complements people send you are selected from a list. People can email you, and you can email them, but you don’t see their email address.