Yet Another Social Networking Invite. Kill Me Now.

Posted by: Rob Hof on September 12, 2007

Just got an invite to Yet Another Social Networking Service, called Quechup. I’d heard some buzz about it, so I decided to check it out. Ack, a dating site. Oh, but so much more, says the invite:

You can use Quechup to meet new people, catch up with old friends, maintain a blog, share videos & photos, chat with other members, play games, and more.

Right, haven’t heard of any of those services before.

Larry Dignan at Between the Lines poses the key question here: Is social networking a business or a feature? It’s going to be a business for a few, such as Facebook. And a couple others, perhaps Ning or Multiply (what an inadvertently appropriate name for a social networking site), may succeed with more private and customized sites for very specific groups of people, if they get the volume to attract advertisers. But the rest? Grist for the mills at Google, Yahoo, and a couple other attention magnets that are looking to socialize all their other services.

Oh, and in case you’re suffering from social networking addiction, here’s a helpful video.

UPDATE: Both Ina Steiner at AuctionBytes and the ubiquitous Robert Scoble reiterate warnings I noticed on a Google search of Quechup but didn’t mention because I couldn’t confirm the problem right away: Quechup’s system is apparently spamming people’s mail contacts unbeknownst to them. So until Quechup wises up, you’d best avoid it unless you like ticking off your friends.

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Reader Comments

Ina Steiner

September 12, 2007 10:24 PM

Rob, you better Google Quechup. Beware.

Robert Scoble

September 13, 2007 12:01 AM

Rob, you better go to Google RIGHT NOW and search on Quechup. This is a HORRIBLE service and your readers should be warned immediately not to load it or even try it out.

Please do some Google blog searches before writing about stuff. It'll save you a LOT of embarrassment.

Markus Molzen

September 18, 2007 10:57 AM

Rob,

It does seem as if social networks are everywhere these days. I ran across a "social network" for small business - not socializing - called ZANA Network (zananetwork.com) has anyone checked it out? Thoughts? Hadn't heard of Quechup but thanks for the warnings...

adam

September 19, 2007 03:54 AM

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Ron Schoenherr

May 16, 2008 10:40 AM

I'm not sure how much of a social networking site Zana Networks is. I can tell you that I and many others invested tens of thousands of dollars in a company called Product2Store, in which Howard Keating CEO of Zana Networks was also the CEO. The company failed to generate any sales to speak of, but bilked investors out of millions of dollars. The company failed and emerged a few years later re-named Zana Networks. Same message, same offerings, same Board of Advisors. I would steer clear of anything associated with Zana Networks or Howard Keating.

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