For something that began with so much promise, I'm pretty much sick of social networking at this point.
Or to be more precise, I'm sick of new social networking startups.
Take this one, for example:
Park City, Utah-based Uspot opened its
doors today, claiming to be the social-networking sweet spot for college
students using a .edu e-mail address. Todd Cohen, president of Uspot, believes
his site will be the one place where students can satisfy and share all of their
online social needs. The reason, he said, is media.
"It's all media," Cohen told internetnews.com. "All this media is going
to be related to you, because it's a group of your peers. And people don't want
to have to log into five different sites. So we're really giving students a way
to share their video, music and photos."
Of course, other social-networking sites offer music- and photo-sharing
capabilities. But Uspot, Cohen said, extends users' capabilities with podcasts,
documents and blogs, as well as providing features within each media section
that give users ultimate control over their content.
Cripes! Who the f*ck cares if a site has X, Y, and Z? Sooner or later, your favorite site is going to be acquired by Microsoft or Yahoo!, who will simply add those same features.
And isn't there already social networking for colleges? Hello, The Facebook?
I love the fact that Web 2.0 is enabling so many new startups, but please, make them *new* for goodness sakes.