|Chime.In to new social network to earn a dime|
Friday, 21 October 2011 10:24
While most social networking sites are all about letting users share news, personal updates, photos and other media, a new social site now wants to reward users for all that sharing by sharing some profit with them.
With Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and numerous others clamouring for Web users’ already thinly stretched attention, one would think that this corner of the Web is over-saturated. However, a new start-up in the social media sphere, called Chime.in is already grabbing attention for two major ways in which it is differentiating itself from the rest of the pack.
First of all, instead of indiscriminately bombarding you with whatever your connections post, Chime.in aggregates user posts (or ‘chimes’, as it is called on the site) around subjects that are of particular interest to their users, such as technology, sports, news, etc. This means that there will be no more pictures documenting every milestone and move of your high school friend’s offspring cluttering up your timeline (or ‘chimeline’) – unless of course you are interested in that sort of thing.
Secondly, the site allows users to actually profit from the content they create on the site, and even here users are given options. Either they can stick their own ads on it, such as Google’s AdSense, and keep all the revenue they earn, or they can allow Chime.in to sell ads on their space, in which case the user will receive a portion (half, according to some reports ) of the profit.
Chime.in is the brainchild of UberMedia, the same company responsible for Twitter-based apps such as Echofon and Twidroyd. Says UberMedia’s Bill Gross: “This is not just about urgent news and keeping up with friends and relatives. It’s about diving into interests.”
Explaining the site, Gross says: “It’s an amalgam of blogging and Reddit and Facebook – there are aspects of each in there. We’re definitely borrowing those good ideas. But this is a deeper dive into their interests and intelligent conversations around passions.”
Signing up is free, so in order to join, simply go to Chime.In and create a profile.
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