It’s been a while since I dipped into reviewing a social networking website. The website I am talking about today is a new kind of social networking, in the words of CNET “The Social Networking Site that wants you to get off your butt.” FAQQLY is a site that is designed like most other networking sites with similar aims but it has a twist. Instead of members leaving comments on the profiles of the user it is based on “FAQ’s” or questions that are asked of each other instead.
I should point out that I have not been asked by the administrators of FAQQLY to conduct a review and I have been in contact with Dave Liu since I first started working with the site. Dave, CEO of FAQQLY, and I have been talking about possible ways to improve the website and we have plans to put our heads together in the future. So to clarify I don’t work with or for FAQQLY as of yet.
FAQQLY is an easy website to sign up to, the sign-up process is extremely intuitive and flows really well from start to finish. The forms are easy to fill out and before you know it you have a killer looking profile. It is around that time that the colours of your profile hit you. FAQQLY is primarily red, green and cream, not the best colours in the world for Web 2.0 but certainly not offensive. The neutral colours employed have an almost Christmasy feeling and can become slightly irritating over time. Once you have your profile you can upload photos and caption them just any MySpace or AIMProfiles account.
The general feeling of the website is really good even though their site tour didn’t work when I tried it a few months ago and remains inoperable to this day. While creating your profile you add subjects in which you are “expert” in. These are the “tags” that allow you to relate to others on the website quickly and easily. I have found these tags very useful and have added many to my own profile. I have found most of my “friends” on FAQQLY using these tags.
FAQQLY also features a couple of things you won’t find at MySpace. There is a section called “Helps” where you can ask or provide help to other members. I placed a help in that section not long ago that went totally unanswered, albeit a rather abstract question. Other sections of the website include “Shares” and “Groups.” The Shares section allows you to lend or borrow items from other members. I found it somewhat confusing and heard the little voice of doubt in my head saying you would never get something back you lent out on an Internet site without some sort of collateral. The Groups section is where FAQQLY really excels. You can create a group and/or join the many other groups already on the site. When I first signed up to FAQQLY I created the “Podcasting” group as well as the “Wordpress Users” group. The groups certainly have a community feel and are worth looking into should you choose to check out the site.
I have it on good authority that FAQQLY will be undergoing some major over-hauling soon. Some of my suggestions to Dave Liu were the ability to feed RSS into your profile and have audio / video files available for your fellow FAQQLY community members. The site has a long way to go if it is ever going to match the scale of MySpace and the marketing needs to be a little bit more focused. The membership of the site is around five thousand which may seem like a lot but does not compare to MySpace’s multi million user base. FAQQLY has recently added another great feature, a MySpace / Blog widget. (pictured on left) Although WordPress.com users can’t use it because it employs Macromedia Flash and it isn’t supported, it looks like a great feature. I think it is really good that FAQQLY acknowledges the presence of the 800 pound gorilla in social networking, MySpace. They go as far as to make their widget compatible with Myspace profiles. I have needed very little support using FAQQLY but my opinion of their support is biased. I know the CEO to call him on Skype of his mobile phone and when I send him an email I hear right back. I can only assume everyone gets such excellent treatment from the administrators of FAQQLY!
Overall I would definitely recommend FAQQLY as a social networking site. There are people there who are not there for what they can squeeze out of you or offer you free webcam sex like you find on the other “leading brands” sites. The site has a hell of a lot of potential both in it’s current form and whatever it is going to become soon. The guys behind it certainly have good intentions and are very approachable. Check out FAQQLY and you will be glad you did. Let me know how your experience went here and click here to check out my FAQQLY profile!