CircleMe: A Social Network To Beat The Odds
Everyone wants a piece of the social media pie, and the way I see it, you have two options: Start a new social media network, or create a tool to make it easier. In the majority of cases the latter is always easier, but CircleMe proved to be the exception.
This new social network is now celebrating its half birthday with real reason to celebrate. The social network connects users to their interests and helps them discover new interests all in one place. In other words, it is a network that thrives on mutual interests.
It might sound like your typical spiel, but CircleMe has found success because it truly is unique. I gave it a try myself, and couldn’t agree more.
What Makes CircleMe Unique
One of the things that I found most interesting about CircleMe was the fact that there was a lot of thought put into the ideology behind the site. It wasn’t a simple “lets connect people.” Instead, this network thought about the psychology of social networking as well as the inherent meaning of human connections to create something that caters to all. It isn’t about the people that you know, but the things that interest you.
Forbes interviewed Founder Erik Lumer who explained that “CircleMe doesn’t create a personalized filter bubble. It provides smart ways to connect with people that have a common cultural affinity and through them, be exposed to meaningful novelty and expand one’s horizons.” If that’s not a different type of social network, I don’t know what is.
If this isn’t enough to convince you that this network might be something worth a look, consider all of the people at the top of the project. This Italian based company surely has its bases covered with former Google employees and some Computational Neuroscience knowledge under their belts.
How CircleMe Works
CircleMe is easy to use once you get the hang of it (as most social networks are), but it’s first important to understand what the network can offer. A few features of CircleMe include:
- Suggest “likes” to others.
- Engage in conversations.
- Message other users.
- Truth other people’s tastes.
- Local components. This is a way for people to take what they find on the network and bring it to real life. Making connections and finding different interests in your local community is key to discovering what makes you, you.
The layout of CircleMe is very much the same as Pinterest. You have small snippets of information all across the page in a scrapbook like fashion. Below is a screenshot of my CircleMe account:
I don’t have much just yet because I’m new to the site, but there is room for much more. As you can see, I have added Florence, Radiohead, and Peanuts to my account. I can go to the left side and click my “likes” by category, or I can take a look at everyone’s “likes” to find some new cool things.
Now what I like best about this site is the fact that it adds information about each thing that I “liked” right under the photo. If I clicked the “What is a Radiohead Anyway? I would be brought to an article on that very topic from another CircleMe user.
The Future Of CircleMe
It’s always tough to say whether or not a social network will last the test of time, but it seems like CircleMe is off to a good start. They have the proper management behind the site, people are becoming more and more interested in sharing posts and stories, some older social networks are starting to lose their luster, and it’s an incredibly intuitive site. What’s not to love? At the very least, this network is worth a try.
For more information on CircleMe, you can visit here to read reviews or check out their latest half-birthday infographic. Otherwise, get started with CircleMe right away for free. Simply visit their website, click “Join Us Today,” plug in some basic information, and you’re off.
Have you tried CircleMe? What were your initial thoughts? Did you find any room for improvement? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
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Amanda DiSilvestro is a graduate of Illinois State University. Although she graduated with an English Education degree, she found herself working as a full-time blogger at Highervisibility, nationally recognized as one of the best seo companies in the country. Connect with HigherVisibility on Google+ and Twitter to learn more!