Do we really need another social networking site to keep up with? We already have Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Sphinn, Small Business Brief, Digg, MyBlogLog, … shall I go on? But wait, Gooruze plays a slightly different role. In fact this new social networking site exists to save us from information overload by combining the functions of forums, blogs and social bookmarking sites, all into one place. I just signed up and am currently working on building out my profile which includes adding this blog’s feed so posts are syndicated there.
So what can you do at Gooruze? Andy Beal, one of its founding members, has a pretty good summary at Marketing Pilgrim. Matt McGee, another founding member, reviews the site as well. Here are a few highlights.
- Add profile information with clean html links to your sites.
- Connect with other friends, much in the same manner as Facebook.
- Submit and vote on the latest online marketing news.
- Share your own internet marketing advice, and vote on articles you read.
- There is a Q&A section that acts as a forum where you can ask questions or answer others.
- Join or create groups that interest you.
- Monitor all activity on Gooruze from a single screen.
- Get RSS feeds for your favorite members or topics.
- Start a Gooruze blog or import the RSS feed from your existing blog.
- Share your thoughts with other members via your own personal lounge.
TechCrunch’s Duncan Riley is a “Founding Gooruze” and explains why he’s personally involved.
“The part of the Gooruze pitch that particularly appealed to me was the notion of making online marketing information accessible. Let’s face it: this isn’t exactly an under-represented vertical, and there are many, many good SEO and general online marketing sites out there. What does lack though is accessible content, particularly for folks who may be starting out or looking to upgrade their knowledge sets.”