LiveMansion and MySpace

I never really bought into MySpace, too higgledypiggledy for me. Gotta have proper swarming support. I did have a space there, but don’t visit, and it seems that MySpace chose to delete it with no warning. Which is a worrying concept on its own.

This new one, LiveMansion is intriguing. In spite of some major useability/design issues, they have taken the customising content (fotos, videos, avatars, profiles) concept and adapted it from blogs to forums. Regular visitors here to my blog will note that I am not a big fan of blogs per se and don’t believe they have longevity as the vanguard of communities. Mostly cos they are one -to-many not many-to-many. Forums are many-to-many.

LiveMansions has you creating “rooms” and adding and joining them to your profile. The rooms are a basic front end onto forums. The fact that the pictures and videos and profile information is integrated into the one page rather than on forums or different pages is cool. The rest of the interface is clunky. Insists you register an email address then doesn’t double check it. Uses red writing when its NOT a warning, just for pretty colours. No explanation of gaps in the screen – large blocks with nothing in them (advertising panels?) Poor welcome for newbies, no tutorials. I could go on.

Still, it’s nice to see people moving away a teeny bit from building competitor products to MySpace and coming up with something new. That “create a topic” link may look like a small improvement but its actually a big step from online diaries with respondents to online communities with participants.

Anywho, I set up a room about World of Warcraft under the nom de plume SilkCharm. Come visit if you like…, if you have any questions about LiveMansion post there or here, and we’ll figure it out together. šŸ™‚

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Laurel Papworth

Named by Forbesā„¢ Magazine in the Top 50 Social Media Influencers globally, named Head of Industry, Social Media (Marketing Magazineā„¢) and in the Power150 Media bloggers (AdAgeā„¢). CERT IV Training and Assessment certified trainer (Diplomas and Certificates etc) Adult Education. Laurel has manager Facebook Pages for Junior Masterchef, Idol, Big Brother etc. and have consulted on private online communities for banks Westpac, not for profits UNHCR & governments in SE Asia. Lecturer, social media, University of Sydney for 10 years and Laurel has 11,000 online students. Laurel Papworth personally connects to 6 million followers online and has taught around 100,000 people in the last 10 years how to be social media managers.

One thought on “LiveMansion and MySpace

  1. I like the concept of LiveMansion – it’s sort of like MySpace with a purpose and a common interest. The real question is how many social networks or online communities one individual can participate in. With so new communities and networks launched daily, it’s clear most won’t hit the critical mass needed to succeed.

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