Rejaw – Can It Stand Out In the Crowd?

8 08 2008

What is Rejaw, you ask? It is another (yes, another) micro-blogging web site that competes against the likes of Twitter and Pownce – but this one has a couple tricks up its sleeve.

For one, it offers live messaging – no need to refresh the page here. This feature is killer for me, because I always found it annoying that I couldn’t just glance at the page every now and then, I’d have to refresh the entire page. When used, it reminds me a lot like instant messaging because of the instant feedback, which is both good and bad. It’s good because it allows for quick and seamless discussions between people. It’s bad because I can imagine some people using it as an IM client, with tons of messages back and forth, so you would end up receiving parts of their conversation if you are following them – a problem not faced by its other micro-blogging competitors. But honestly, that’s not really that bad of a situation, it just makes things a bit crazier. I can deal.

Another plus of Rejaw is that it has it’s own app (currently only for OS X, pictured above) called “RejawRadar”, which is well designed and simplistic. Its also nice that I don’t have to keep my browser open to see updates from people. It even integrates with Growl, making it seem very close to an actual instant messaging application. (Desktop apps obviously contradict my “refreshing issue” argument in the previous argument, but not everyone wants a desktop app.)

Also, you are able to quickly and easily find contacts that you may have on Facebook or Gmail. Unfortunately, as of current, I am the first of my friends to get it. I hope that soon changes, and plan to get a few others to try it in the near future.

Finally, the ability to have a simple reply area makes it a whole lot easier for me, personally. I don’t know what it is, but I’ve just never liked the way Twitter and others have their reply system with things like “@username” and such. The way Rejaw implements it seems much more comprehensible to my brain for some reason.

In the end, would I recommend it? Most definitely. The only reason I might even consider anywhere else would be for the larger user database. But keep in mind, Rejaw is an up-and-coming service. Heck, it doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page yet! I sincerely hope this service grows and I have no doubt that it will.

Two thumbs up! 😀

Facebook Instant Messenger!

22 03 2008

Now you can be on Facebook even more – if thats possible…

Sometime, within the next two weeks, Facebook will be adding an integrated chat service that allows you to see who’s online and to talk with them like on AIM or MSN. Watch the video above to see a preview of what they are planning on it to look like –  but they stated that it may change drastically from now to the point when it is released to the public.I personally can’t wait. Post in the comments below to voice your own opinion on IM or Facebook in general – or whatever you want, really.

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