Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Quub: brainless status updates

Now trying Quub, a new site that lets you update one status message to several social networks at the same time (Twitter, Facebook, Plaxo, Hi5, Tumblr, Plurk, MySpace). Similar to Flock and Nutshellmail, it is an aggregator site that tries to streamline social connectivity.

The site also tries to make updates even more brainless by offering options for key words that you just have to click to put together your final status ("at home", "trying to sleep",...). The site is supposed to pick up on your style of status updating and offer you relevant options.

The introductory video tries to get very buzzwordy when they start calling status updates the "ambient model". Instead of traditional communication where person A has to personally ask person B what he is doing, everybody is just broadcasting to everybody else what they are doing - ambient communication.
Interesting. Brings us back to the surveillance function of social media. 

In terms of relevance, to me at least, not sure how much I need a site like this. I only really update Twitter and Facebook and the two are already linked so don't have much use of this yet. Maybe if I actually start using my Tumblr and Plurk.


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