Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Frappr - It's like Web 2.0 meets MySpace

I just found tonight. What a surprise! As this post's title suggests, the best way to sum the site up is as "a Web 2.0 version of MySpace". It really is kinda nifty.

From what I've found about the site tonight, it looks like it began as a way of mapping your social network and kinda grew from there. The map is provided via the infamous GoogleMaps, of course. The 20 minutes I've spent digging around felt a whole lot like MySpace with customizable profiles, blogs, photos, a social network, embedded videos, groups, and all that crap.

The site gets Web 2.0 buzzword-points for scoring lots of interoperability. The mapping system is the first and most obvious feature. In addition to that, there are ways of importing your friend/contact lists from other sites such as GMail, Yahoo, Hotmail, AOL, MySpace, and Xanga. I also saw some Flickr stuff; which makes me wonder if they're not backloading on Flickr for image storage. Even the name of hte site, Frappr, seems to be a mashup all it's own... Friends + Maps + Flickr?

This virtual community has grown a decent user base, at least it looks like it has. I haven't explored it in detail and I'm not sure if I'll come back to it. At the very least, it was an interesting find.

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