For many years, I used my customized Excite! account for my start page. And for the most part, it worked out pretty well.
Lately, though, I have found that Protopage works well for me. It has the right balance of features and usability. And I have lots of important links stored away on private subpages. There are a lot of competitors in this area, but this one is the best I have found for me.
LinkedIn is a sort of MySpace for grownups. It is a bit harder to make connections within the system, but the idea is those connections are actually valuable (which tends not to be the case with most social networks).
I really haven’t used it for anything yet and I have no current plans to change employers. But it doesn’t hurt to have one more option out there.
Wikipedia defines Tumblelog as a “a variation of a blog, that favors short-form, mixed-media posts over the longer editorial posts frequently associated with blogging. Common post formats found on tumblelogs include links, photos, quotes, dialogues, and video. Unlike blogs, this format is frequently used to share the author’s creations, discoveries, or experiences without providing a commentary.”
Twitter is a very interesting phenomenon. Is it instant messaging or a blog or a combination of the two or something completely different? Only time will tell.
It certainly is popular right now, though. Whether it will stand the test of time will remain to be scene.
I was really curious about Facebook for a good while. So I signed up immediately when the service was opened up to non-.edu domains. But I haven’t done a whole lot with my account since.
If Facebook were the only place to go, I think it would have a much larger following. The question is, though, is Facebook the next thing or was it the last thing?