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Fanpop!

By - August 24, 2006

Picture 2-18Another social site with web 2.0 goodness? Yes. Fanpop may standout, however, by picking the best qualities from a number of leading social sites and bringing them together in a neat integration. As they say, “We’re a little bit of Digg, MySpace, Yahoo! Groups, del.icio.us and Yelp all mixed into one.”

Users can create topical federations on just about anything, giving it a resemblance to Tribe’s flexibility. With 24 broad ‘channels’, Fanpop leaves room for communities to cluster around a long tail of interests. In the Fanpop spots, users can add links to relevant websites or news links, like Delicious. But in addition, submitted websites gain momentum from user voting— giving Fanpop the interactive push of Digg and Reddit.

For search fans, there’s the built-in “more on the web” option of out-bound searches keyword tied to the Fanpop title page you’re on, to Google, Delicious, Wikipedia, eBay, Amazon, Flickr, YouTube—probably a list that will grow.

Fanpop also offers forums— which delicious lacks, and presents them in a more central way than Digg. It also has an internal messaging system — a feature not offered on Digg and in a more developed version than in Delicious or MySpace.

Rewarding the active members is key for maintaining a loyal membership base, and Fanpop looks like it’s learned that lesson. Fanpop rewards the most active members as “top fans” on the mainpage. It also features fans in a permanent way, versus the epherma of Digg, building communities more like MySpace, Tribe or Facebook. The main page also highlights recently updated pages, and displays a recurrently refreshed flip through existing fan bases.

What is this missing? Music and video, which are doing well on Digg and MySpace.

There are many social sites out there, too much to all survive, but aggregating the best features from specialized social sites may help this start-up rise to face the the largest player(s).

Fanpop brings together features I don’t remember having seen aggregated elsewhere: If anyone has seen this all before—please let me know—because I’d be interested in comparing. (And yes, there is a Search Engines spot.)

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  • http://www.mindsay.com Adam Ostrow

    MindSay brings together many of the same features as Fanpop – blogging, social networking, tagging, and wikis that are linked to the interests users list in their profiles (so if I list “Coldplay” in my profile, it links to a Coldplay wiki page where I can add content and see other members who like Coldplay and discuss the band in the comment area). We also just introduced our “Top Blogs” feature which allows users to vote for their favorite blogs. The one piece we don’t currently have is the social bookmarking. We’ve been around since ’04 and have around 130,000 members.

  • http://www.jdamer.com jd

    Trying to do too much is a sure fire way to fail.

  • MikeM

    Thanks for the tip on FanPop. It reminds me of Yelp on a wider scale. Lot’s of potential.

  • http://scottj.info/ Scott Johnson

    Fanpop sounds like it has everything that a Web2.0 site should have, but does it have the one feature that every social site needs most? (hint: lots of users)

  • http://www.rateitall.com lawrence coburn

    I’m not sure if I get the Yelp comparsions. Seems more like a group squidoo – which seems like a good call, as the lenses or spots shouldn’t die on the vine as much with multiple people as contributors. However, group generated spots make it harder to execute revenue sharing.

  • SorenG

    Maybe it is just my computer, but the link to it does not seem to be working.

  • http://boxxet.com You Mon Tsang

    Boxxet is not the same as fanpop, but it is subject-focused. We are in private beta for a little while longer, but will open for business soon. Drop me a line if you want to know more.

  • http://www.fanpop.com/fans/SearchEngines ▒ Search Engines WEB ▒

    It is a good site. But there is one more point that bears discussing.

    For some reason it gives off really good vibes, it appears that the users are friendly and postive spirited and mature.

    It does not appear to track the ‘chip on your shoulder’ or immature types that some of these site appeal to.

    And the subjects interests are varied enough to make it versatile. Also, the look is less clutered than most sites, making it easy to navigate and fast loading. ☺

  • http://www.ewidi.com ideami

    hi :) , we have just launched a new internet engine that also brings together many features of other web 2 tools, its called Ewidi ; Ewidi.com is a new Internet engine that allows people to Publish , search and interact, these 3 things in any language of the planet. Its interface can be displayed already in 25 languages from its launch this week (it’s been running for 25 days in testing mode and launched this week), if you review it and you are interested in writing about it i can send you any other information that may be interesting or useful, congratulations for your excellent blog, Ideami

  • http://www.indiasfuture.com neha chawla

    Online marketing is booming in the world with this arrive a new venture to rake in millions. Now any one can become millionaire through this says Hardeep Singh

    Ferozepur based 26 year , Hardeep Singh is doing computer business. He is a website designer & he recently launched some portals for online pixel advertising named http://www.indiasfuture.com , http://www.bigcorporates.com . He is selling pixel ad space on his sites for $1 for a pixel.

    http://www.indiasfuture.com these are contest based sites says, hardeep singh. Now any one can become millionaire for just clicking adds on these sites & registration is FREE, says hardeep singh. Here is a contest. The concept is simple anyone can become register user to play contest. User will get daily 20 clicks to click ads. A month after all the ad space is sold one ad will be selected at random & winner is chosen from all those people who clicked more than others that correct ad. The Grand Mega Winner will get $ 900,000 (i.e Rs. 4 crores) & there will be 100 other winners next to mega winner will get $1000 (i. e. Rs. 45000) each. And more, all the companies from all around the world will get very good traffic from these contestants, who will buy pixels at his sites, their sale & brand exposure will increase automatically all around the globe.

    It’s a win-win situation for both advertisers & contestants. Other site as http://www.bigcorporates.com is a pixel based website all the companies/advertisers will get permanent link on it for next 5 years. It’s a very cost effective way to market online, says hardeep singh.

    Hardeep Singh also said that “Online advertising is seeing tremendous growth. It is believed that online advertising in world is likely to cross the $100 Billion marks by 2010. the pixels on all these sites like can be brought in 100 pixels squares measuring 10×10 pixels.

    With it hardeep singh have created some other sites also for his passion. He have created sites like http://www.higradesearch.com , http://www.articleowner.com , http://www.articlelover.com , on these all sites people can read and submit world class articles/poems/jokes totally FREE. . Another landmark he have achieved is http://www.matrimonyheaven.com here any one can from all around the world submit his/her profile for matchmaking/ matrimony. Biggest advantage of this site is that it is totally Free for registration in comparison with other paid sites.
    Hardeep is doing this site designing work from last 2 years & the motto behind all these sites & work is to collect fund to support his dream. He wants to make enough money by selling pixels on http://www.indiasfuture.com (which are india’s first online pixel contest based websites) to support his Search Engine Making Dream. Hardeep wants to create a search engine. A very big search engine so every Internet Community can proud. “Creating money is not my mission, my mission is to achiever my goal, my mission is to implement my thoughts, my mission is to create a very big search engine. So, that everyone, all internet community can have benefit of it. So, support & spread words about his sites, said hardeep singh.Hardeep Singh all set to influence Global youth to join in the internet revolution.