We are living in a world that is changing fast and getting more open and social. If MySpace was the grandfather of social networks then I think Social Potpourri (SP) is the new kid on the block that started with a few like-minded people like Kriti Mukherjee and Sulekha Rawat.
The network that is in beta promises to be more than a social network and is described as the conglomeration of society in its true form. A place to find like-minded people getting together for the love of literature, fun, sports, etc.
I have said this before – the future of networks is based on interests and we saw Floost doing the same. SP seems to fall in the same lines. Once you register yourself in the network then, I would suggest you to click on the Home button. As shown in the below screen grab, the home screen looks like this:
Features of Social Potpourri
1. Personal Profile: This is your space where you need to add your personal information. This space also allows you to send messages to your friends, check your notifications, friend list, albums, business, meetups, etc. In short, it provides a complete snapshot of your entire profile and activities that you have performed on the social network.
The personal profile has a feature called ‘My World’ where you can update your status, photo and video. As a user you have the control on who can see your messages.
2. Business Potpourrian: Is one of the interesting features where you get to list your business. Similar to the brand pages we have seen in Facebook but SP’s Business section is more like the traditional advertising, making life really simple!
You are allowed to share your business information with the community and get reviews on it. When creating one you can add all the details of your business and what kind of service is being provided. You can also add your logo and contact details of your business.
As a user you can search the business section, as they are labeled under a certain set of groups, making the connection between client and customer easy. I wonder if SP’s team wants to encash this feature going further.
3. Meetups, Read and Message Boards: SP also provides ‘Meetups’ feature to its users. You can create meetups, search them easily as they are grouped under different meetup groups. Along with this you have Read and Message Boards. Read is all about sharing articles on which members can debate and Message Boards are forums where you can have discussions on different topics.
How cool is Social Potpourri?
The network could be interesting if it becomes a hunting ground for specific interests. For example, it could be a great network for the creative people. Otherwise right now being a simple social network is not helping it much. The Business feature is interesting as I am aware that the team behind the network is also providing social media marketing services to the business users. A good feature to attract users to the network since most of the features are generic ones. SP doesn’t provide much of a choice for you to leave other popular social networks such as Facebook where you have an established network already.
Along with that, the network should think on the design aspect too. For example, why give the user a long form to fill, might as well provide social logins from networks such as Facebook or LinkedIn. It definitely saves time and if the network can access the open graph of Facebook like other networks then it would be good from usability and awareness aspect too. The wall feature in the section ‘My World’ should be only limited to my friends, and not list all the activities from others on SP. These tweaks would be required for this network to get more eyeballs.
In addition to this, why not make SP a mobile network when most networks are slowly shifting to mobile. Having only a social network won’t excite users unless you provide something else that other networks are not.
I would be excited to see if SP pivots into a specific network than just a social network. So would you be interested in joining SP now. Give it a try and let us know you experience on SP.