Posts Tagged ‘stumbleupon’

Whatgives.com – New Social Network from eBay

My contact over at eBay GivingWorks pinged me this recently launched blog and social network called whatgives?!

What Gives!?

Each blog entry is tied into an eBay GivingWorks (non-profit division of eBay to support non-profits raise funds on eBay) auction with the accompanying badge code, send to a friend functionality and the “add to” Delicious (a Yahoo! company), StumbleUpon (an eBay company), Digg, Reddit, Furl, Yahoo! and Facebook links. The site encourages members to comment on each entry and allows you to create a profile that showcases which non-profits you believe in. The profile can also include 5 photos of themselves, a short bio, and links to blogs and other public profiles on the web.

One huge set-back to this site is the ability to connect with other members with similar charity interests. How am I suppose to find other members who support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or Boys and Girls Club? The “socialize” page (shown below) was an attempt by eBay but the only thing you can do there is search by name and location. Once you get the results the three columns of content displayed are name, location, and # of comments. Not a useful feature and really not too much thought put into the social aspect of the site. It’s a shame that eBay put all this effort into helping non-profits and executed poorly

What Gives!? - Socalize Page 

Try the site out and let me know your thoughts by adding a comment below.

Thanks.

DJ Ksar

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Video of Dirty Invites : Facebook App Invites vs. StumbleUpon

I did a short video recap of Facebook application invites flow (specifically StumbleUpon) verse StumbleUpon’s actual web site invite flow. Enjoy and add your comments below.

-DJ Ksar

Dirty Invites: Every Social Network’s Problem

Today I’d like to introduce a new internet term in the web 2.0 world:

Dirty InviteDirty Invite (noun): An email invite from a social network via a friend whom got “coerced” into importing their contacts and sending an invite to join the social network.

This happened to me with the social bookmarking site StumbleUpon, which helps you find web sites that relate to your interests via community suggestions.

After importing my Yahoo! Mail contacts, StumbleUpon shows you how many friends are already members and gives you the option of inviting them to your network (screenshot below). Plus, the site allows you to invite friends that aren’t on the network (orange highlighted section). At first glance, you might think, “wow..that is really convenient”.

StumbleUpon - Find your Friends on StumbleUpon-1

However, what happened to me is I didn’t notice the “select all” (highlighted in yellow) and focused on the check-boxes next to each email address. Of the 60 friends listed, I selected the ones that I wanted in my network. For my friends that weren’t members of StumbleUpon I made sure to verify the check-box next to their names was not selected. However, the select all check-box was! What happened next? 1727 email addresses were sent invitations to StumbleUpon!! I was shocked when I started receiving out of office away messages from people I didn’t invite! Completely unacceptable! This is a devious tactic by StumbleUpon to get new users and is similar to companies who leave the opt-in box checked during the sign-up process hoping users overlook that part of the page.

Bottom line, users need clear and concise design with succinct instructions when it comes to their management of their contacts within social networks. StumbleUpon, by designing their pages like this is a step back in building trust for their brand and product. If you had similar issues with inviting your friends to a social network or even the same problem with StumbleUpon add a comment.

-DJ Ksar