September 17th, 2009

If you’re talking about similar things, you’re probably Simler


If you’re talking about similar things, you’re probably Simler

If you’ve spent any time on any social network or microblogging platform anywhere, you know as well as I do that there is one request that tends to crop up far more than any other: “I wish we could have groups.”

Twitter—thanks to a grassroots effort by Chris Messina—tends to handle that grouping with #hashtags. Local microblogging site CitySpeek made groups part of the process of posting your updates. Friendfeed handles it with groups. And Facebook—which incidentally owns Friendfeed now—does… well whatever it is that Facebook does. Fan pages maybe? I don’t know.

Point being, everyone starts with what I’m—or you’re—doing and then tries to wedge that content into a group. What if, instead, we started with the topic as the central focus? I mean, instead of the user. Well, now you can give that idea a try. With Simler.

Simler—the majority of which consists of Portland-based team members—takes the typical social jibber jabber model and tweaks it. But just a tad. Moving the focus of the site from the individual to something more, well, social: the subjects on which that individual chooses to post.

Because that’s what we’re really interested in doing, right? Talking to people about the particular topics in which we have interests. Getting different views. Having conversations.

I mean, if we didn’t want interactions, we’d all just start blogs.

Simler has a really good take on keeping the topic—or tags—at the center of the relationship. And that takes the individual out of the video-game-most-friends high-score-mentality of gathering connections. Instead, the focus to participating in the topics that have lots of people and conversations.

Honestly, it’s kind of like the good old days of BBSes or chat rooms. But with a little of that new century je ne sais quoi. And that, my friends—as retro as it sounds—is a fresh take on how we interact online, these days.

What’s more, anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for the shiny object. The well designed interface. The little things.

simler-screenshot

And Simler has all of those. In droves.

And even though it’s brand spanking new and the conversation is a little light, it’s those little touches that keep me coming back to the site. Like the early days of Pownce. When the thoughtful features—and the things we always wished Twitter would do—were all there.

Sound good? It does, doesn’t it? Well, not so fast there, Trigger. There’s a little problem here. You see, Simler is still in beta. And that means you can’t all just go running over and barging in there for the party like you’re in some ’80s teen flick. It means you need an invitation.

Oh well.

Oh, I mean, “Oh wait!” I happen to have a couple of those. Invites I mean. So if Simler has piqued your interest or struck your fancy or some other some such platitude, let me know in the comments below. And I’ll get you and invite. I’ve got about 20 to give.

And the fun doesn’t stop there. You see, Simler invites are Gmail style. When you sign up, you’ll get a few invites of your own to shell out. And then whomever you invite will get invites. And so on and so on and so on.

For more information, visit Simler. To get your invite to Simler, be one of the first 20 people with a valid email address to comment below. (I can see the email address when you comment. Please don’t put it in the comment itself.)

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38 Responses to “If you’re talking about similar things, you’re probably Simler”

  1. Okay — thanks for explaining what the heck this is! :-) Can I have an invite, please?

  2. Never got to barge into the party when I was a teen in the 80′s back in the day – but I’d love to reclaim my lost youth by getting an invite to this, please!

  3. John Metta says:

    Does accidentally blocking you prevent me. I might let you into a group later :)

  4. @strangeways says:

    Sounds cool. Would love a shiny invite! :)

  5. aj says:

    Sounds very cool!! Hope I get an invite….

  6. Rix says:

    Cool. I’d like one too.

  7. Kiala says:

    That’s me! That’s a picture of me!

    That was the point of this post right?

    Also, yay and thanks Rick!

    That is all.

  8. Brent Logan says:

    “I mean, if we didn’t want interactions, we’d all just start blogs.”

    Ouch! And so true. Interaction on blogs seems to really have dropped off.

    Looking forward to getting a Simler invite.

  9. Sound interesting! Got any invites left?

  10. I’m interested and I’d love an invite.

  11. melissalion says:

    Kiala totally stole my comment.

    Also, I need some knitting people on Simler. This is a knitting blog, right?

  12. Rick Turoczy says:

    @melissalion No. This blog is about flowers, silly.

  13. I’d like an invite.

  14. Nancy King says:

    You know me, always up for a shiny new thing. I’d love an invite.

  15. CamiKaos says:

    Kiala stole what I was gonna say… and then Melissa stole what I was gonna say next. damnit.

    Hey look up there it’s Cami Kaos.

  16. Roby Denmark says:

    If you have an invite left, I’d love one. I’ve slowly been gestating an extroverted version of me that plays nice with others; this would make a lovely baby shower gift.

  17. Spencer says:

    I can send invites, I have 8 left. :)

  18. Spencer says:

    alright, i just need an email address. i won’t spam anyone i swear

  19. Aaron Weiss says:

    Oh, lucky me, I’m #21. But Spencer commented twice! There’s hope!

  20. Spencer says:

    i still have 7 invites, only klintron put up his email address. :p

  21. Chris Alan says:

    I’d like to check it out.

  22. Jolie O'Dell says:

    Ok, I’m interested! Any invites left, Rick?

  23. Stacy says:

    I’d love an invite as well, if you aren’t all tapped out. ;) stacy (at) taproothosting (dot)com

  24. shawn says:

    If anyone’s got an invite to spare: shawnlevy [at] gemail [dot] com

    Much obliged!

  25. shawn says:

    Gah. That’s gmail [dot] com, of course

  26. Jim says:

    Invite, please.

  27. Spencer says:

    Ok I just sent tracy and shawn invites I have 5 left

  28. Derwyn says:

    Yes, please. Thank you.

  29. Rick Turoczy says:

    We should be all caught up, since I’m about out of invites :)

  30. Shawn says:

    Thanks to — in order — Kiala, Spencer and Rick for invites.

    I’d be happy to send along one of mine.

    Just ask: shawnlevy {at} gmail [dot] KOM

  31. Shawn says:

    And now I am officially out of invites, alas…..

  32. Lisa Faiss says:

    I would love to have an invite from someone. Does anyone have one to spare?

  33. Mocheeze says:

    I’d too love to get an invite if anyone has a spare! :)

    mocheeze@mocheeze.com Thanks in advance!

  34. Syzlak says:

    It’s open to everyone now. No invites required.

  35. matthew says:

    Looks like they copied zaang.com

  36. Spencer says:

    Matthew – It’s funny that you say, “they copied zaang.com” considering Simler.com has been up and running for a longer period of time.


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