Web 2.0 is a pretty big deal with new start-ups popping up all over the place. There are so many of them, that’s it’s nearly impossible to keep up with them all. One that we haven’t mentioned yet, but is starting to appear all over the radar is an online community called Imeem.
Imeem is full of users who are able to join public communities, or private communities where they are able to upload and share a variety of media like photos, videos, music, even blogs. This media can be tagged, and then added to playlists.
Over the last few months, they’ve been on an uphill trend with their traffic with tremendous growth. It probably won’t be easy street making it to the top though. They have tough competition along the way like MySpace and Facebook.
I use MySpace and Facebook myself, but there are several attractive things that have made me consider Imeem.
Privacy is one of the first things you might like with Imeem because they give you options. You can make it as private as you want, or as public as you want. Your options for viewing content include:
Viewable by your friends
Viewable by your friends, and your friends’ friends
Viewable by all users
Publishable on the Internet
Other social networks offer some form of privacy, but don’t offer all of the different options that Imeem does.
First, you must register before posting your media, but once you’re registered, you’re all set to get started.
Integrated chat client makes it easy to connect with your friends.
Create profiles for any of the topics that you’re interested in.
Connect with commenting, content rating, and tagging.
Content can be embedded on a variety of sites like Blogger, WordPress, Digg, and Del.icio.us
Pulse – gives you a real-time look at what people are up to.
All of the features work well together, and when your friends update, you’ll receive notifications of what your friends are doing so that you can view their content and comment.
As with any community sharing service, copyright is an issue. Imeem relies on their community to report items that would violate copyright law by flagging the content.
Who would use this service? Well, just about anyone. Right now they’re experiencing a lot of growth in the United States with the younger tech savvy crowd. Besides individuals, groups are also getting in on Imeem like artists, bands, schools, etc.
—Wrapping it up—
One of my favorite features is the playlists that users create. Imeem has them organized into different categories like rising, falling, most played, etc. Everything is organized so that it’s easy to find what your looking for. The use of tags really helps as well. You can find these “top ranked” lists for music, videos, and photos.
Below is an example of what a music playlist would look like embedded into your site.
Overall I was impressed with Imeem. Their user interface is pretty simple, and easy on the eyes. Signing up takes just a minute and can be done here. With the recent growth they’ve experienced, who knows how far they can go!