Recently, the new platform About.me was launched after having kept us all waiting. Earlier, we wrote about this new platform on our blog, so now I think it’s time to take a closer look at About.me and Flavors.me, since both sites basically offer the same service. However, the latter one has been on the air since February 2010. We have tried out both of them and here, I will summarize some of our opinions of both sites.
The Simpleness of About.me
Since a lot of us who are users of social media/networks have multiple online profiles across the web, for example, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Flickr etc., About.me has made it easier for us to manage one single online identity. As About.me writes on their website, the platform enables the users to:
1) Create a personal, dynamic profile page that points users to your content around the web (versus depending on Google search)
2) Understand how many people see your profile, where they’re coming from and what they do on your page.
Personally (and I’m not a computer/website expert at all!), I find this site very simple to manage. I think it’s a great idea that you can gather all links to your profiles on various social networks at one page in an easy way – especially if you don’t have a personal webpage. Currently, About.me is in private beta, though, but you can enter the site and reserve an URL, and as soon as it is possible to create a profile you’ll be contacted by About.me.
When building your About.me profile, you’re met by a frame with headings such as “Backgrounds”, “Biography”, “Colors” etc., so you can make your own design in a very easy way. On the website of About.me, you can gather inspiration from the About.me team’s own profiles.
In addition, at About.me you can also track your profile statistics, and this is a free feature – compared to Flavors.me.
However, if I should point to an element of About.me which is not that great, it is the fact that your options for building a profile are very “basic”. There’s only a specific amount of possibilities available, and here Flavors.me actually has a clear advantage.
The Professionalism of Flavors.me
Compared to About.me, I have to say that Flavors.me has some benefits. It appears a bit more professional and gives you more options than About.me. For example, there are more opportunities for creating a more personal and different page as more layouts are available – and even more if you choose to pay a certain amount of money.
Like with About.me, all of your linked content is pulled into your page in order to be easy to access. You see a list of your online profiles, and if you click on one of these feeds the content will transition into view. However, when making my page on Flavors.me, I found the system a bit slower than on the other platform.
On the basis that Flavors.me is as easy and simple to manage as About.me and gives room for making a more personal design, in addition, I think I’ll give the edge to Flavors.me. They are both great sites each with different benefits, so it’s probably just a small matter of preference in relation to which platform people choose to use. It’s possible to create a personal page with both of them; it’s only about being creative, so go give it a shot!
Which one do you prefer?