For a year or so blogging has
been the big news. As people were just starting
to ride the wave, a new and exciting set of
services entered people's online social life.
Reputed companies like Microsoft, Google and
ethers are trying to tap the potential of
integrated social networking web applications.
Wallop is Microsoft's
venture into the red-hot social-networking
arena, using the common Microsoft tack of
piecing together existing technologies and
packaging them for the novice user. Those
technologies include social-networking
capabilities, super-simplistic blogging tools,
moblogging, wikis and RSS feeds, all based on
Microsoft's Instant Messenger functionality.
In Wallop, you can share
photos, blog, and interact with your friends.
Currently membership in Wallop is limited to
study participants until the trial is over. Any
participant who is a member can invite other
members (just like Gmail!).
I happened to chance across an
invite to Wallop. Once I signed up and logged
on, the interface felt a bit complicated. The
menu and interfaces were nothing like Microsoft
had done yet. All very interactive, Flash- based
animated interface. Within half an hour, I had
my blog running, connected my non-Microsoft
based blog's RSS syndication to Wallop, shared a
couple of pictures and songs to the my newly
created social network and passed messages
around. Microsoft also provides the Walloplt!
Upload Tool to upload multiple pictures, other
files or whole directories by right-clicking on
a file or a folder from a browser window.
Still at the Alpha stage,
Wallop will continue to evolve into a more
robust service as the backing of Microsoft will
definitely carry weight. Wallop is based on the
Microsoft .Net Technology. Many people are
already speculating it to be linked with the
release of Microsoft Windows codename Longhorn.
Other similar social
engineering services are mentioned in The Sites
section below. People utilizing these services
will blog, communicate and share media among a
closely selected group of people. These will
serve as a closed private online community of
people collaborating with each other. Many
consider these social-networks to be the next
"killer" web applications, just like email and
Instant Messaging. So go on, catch the wave
while its still high.