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Nov212011

Are you ready to chime.in?

As I frantically looked through recipes for an upcoming Thanksgiving brunch, I thought to myself I really wish I could find recipes from real people, along with their thoughts. I love my foodie sites, but I just want something different. Then I remembered chime.in! I know Thanksgiving is tomorrow, so I'll be brief with my thoughts about this site so you can return to pre-Thanksgiving fun. 

I posted an entry a few months ago about benefits that upcoming social networks could offer us in the future. Organization is definitely a big factor. There is so much out there, sometimes we just what to read information about the things that interest us versus what everyone else wants to chat about. That is what chime.in seeks to do.  Simply put, it is described as an "interest network." It allows people to find information about different topics quickly, by featuring a "chime". This is cross between a Facebook status,  tweet, and blog post. Chimes can be up to 4,000 characters long and include pictures, videos, and links to interactively share information about a topic.  One can search for information about a topic and/or follow individuals who write about topics of interest.  In addition, users can control what type of advertising they wish to see on their page. Yes you read correctly. I said users control advertising in the same sentence. Seems different to me!

Ernism

Social media is still a relatively new space. There will continue to be contenders and brave entrepreneurs creating environments to give folks other places to share and exchange information in addition to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Part of the fun is that they continue to surface. True it might seem overwhelming or like another potential flash in the pan. However, I would encourage you to take a closer look at both the site's goal and the needs of your customers. If you think they might be attracted to these sites, ask them why and try to understand the value it offers. It might help you provide additional services, products, or even get to know your customer better.

In the meantime, I'll let you know how brunch turns out. I have many skills, but tackling an entire Thanksgiving dinner hasn't made the list. Thankfully, brunch has. On another note, Friendsgiving was this past Saturday and it was phenomenal. Thanks Fiona & David!

Reader Comments (4)

I will have to check out chime.in! I've also been using Pinterest a lot to find and save interesting-looking recipes. I've also been capturing those I do try.

I think this was the best Friendsgiving yet!
November 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMikal
This is cool. I better check out Chime.in soon. I always rely on food blogs for good recipes. I think it is a good thing to try social networking. Thanks!
November 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGerard Brightman
Mikal, I'm actually getting back into Pinterest so see you on there soon!
December 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterErna
Gerard, let me know what you think of chime.in when you check it out. Thanks for stopping by!
December 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterErna

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