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Friday, January 11, 2008

 

What exactly is a "zot"?

I wish I could tell you.

I've seen a lot of social networking communities in my time. I'm currently a member of no less than a dozen ranging from MySpace to LinkedIn to Flickr. I thought Twitter was the oddest I'd seen (updating the entire world on what you're doing at given second? Why?) until I came across something called "MyZots."

I'm now a registered member of the still-stuck-in-beta myzots.com and after spending fifteen minutes roaming around the site I still can't quite explain it. A good portion of that time was spent getting through the registration process. Apparently, my zots don't like Firefox. After numerous attempts to convince the site to accept the password I came up with I gave it a shot in Internet Explorer where I successfully managed to register on the first try. Lousy Bill Gates-lovin' zots. They obviously didn't get that trait from my side of the family.

Now that I'm in I guess the idea is that I'm supposed to state my opinion on any number of topics, er, "zots" or create my own. I can also rate my attitude, or as the site would have it "temperature," towards each one and compare it to that of other users. Ultimately, the site's function seems to be to serve as a thermometer for the community's collective interest in current political controversies. One zot currently up for discussion: "should Hilary's cleavage be an issue in the presidential campaign?" My temperature on that one: indifferent. The temperature of the entire MyZots community on Senator Clinton's boobs: cool.




It's as if someone got the idea to merge the color-scheme and dubious medicinal benefits of Dr. Mario with a web poll. Ultimately, I can't see this one becoming the next Facebook.

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