My recent rant about social media overload notwithstanding, out of loyalty to the mothership, I created an account on NPR’s new social media site. Please sign up and “friend me” as currently I have nada, nothing, zilch. All you public radio fans head right this way to register. And remember that’s Ken George. K-e-n G-e-o-r-g-e.
My extremely cursory verdict? Well, the networking site obviously takes its cues from Facebook, but is more hermetically sealed and functionally constricted. For example, there is apparently no way to pull in content from other social media sites via widgets or RSS.
The pluses: A clean, easy to navigate interface makes it a snap to easily find more dope about your favorite show host, listen to driveway moments ad nauseum, get the latest news stories, buy a wifi radio at the NPR Mall (“every purchase supports NPR programming”), or connect with, say, other “On the Media” aficionados (Hey Keith!).
Those really, really, really into NPR will feel quite at home in these comfortable safe warrens. Those who enjoy running with the hoi polloi may find it a tad stifling and irksome.
But I plan on sticking around there for a while, where I hope to meet up with you as well. Go register and kick the tires for a spell and then come back and tell me what you think.