My Opera

October 26, 2007
Michael K. Pate's Opera Page

I signed up with My Opera because I was interesting in testing out the new Opera Link feature with the Mini Opera Beta that I loaded on my cellphone. But once I noticed that it was actually a true blue social network, I couldn’t resist completing it.

I will have to write about the rest of my experience after I get a chance to try it out.


July 27, 2007
Friendster - Michael

Friendster is one of the original social networks. In fact, it has been around so long that I had forgotten that I had created a profile there. I had trouble logging in until I realized that my account predated gmail.

Anyway, it is there and even after editing the profile, it is still dull. It also is so advertising-laden that I think it is pretty hopeless. With so much better choices out there, I don’t know why anyone would Friendster as their primary social network.


April 5, 2007
LinkedIn: Michael Pate

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.


April 3, 2007
IconBuffet | People | michaelkpate

There are several sites on the web where you can buy stock icons. But there is only one IconBuffet.

Trading icons around between users was a function from the beginning. These days, though, the site has been transformed into a fully-functional social networking site. While I doubt MySpace has anything to worry about, it does give us a look into just what features business need to be thinking about.


March 27, 2007
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One of Molly Wood’s predictions for 2007 was that was going to be the next MySpace. It made sense to me at the time, but now I am not so sure.

Virb has one thing going for it that all of the other sites lack: a sense of style. Whether that will be enough to push it to number one is something we will have to wait and see. But it certainly shouldn’t hurt.


March 27, 2007
Facebook | Michael Pate

I was really curious about Facebook for a good while. So I signed up immediately when the service was opened up to 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?


March 27, 2007

When I created my myspace profile, my goal was to create the dullest one on the entire site. I think I pretty much achieved my goal. Check it out for yourself. If you still want to be my friend after reading it, you probably know what to do.

I am definitely not a fan of the myspace design aesthetic. I think Facebook and Virb are much more thought out in that regard.

About Me

Michael K Pate
Avon Park, Florida USA

Michael K. Pate tends to spend a great deal time of time around computers. He has been a Librarian since 1997. More ...