(last edited on April 29, 2014 at 1:27 am)
As a lot of you know, I’m a member of the 9rules Network, which in my mind is a sort of autonomous collective consisting of writer/enthusiasts honing their craft, each independent yet allied in our need to keep putting stuff on the Internet in our quest to find personal satisfaction. The triumvirate of Paul Scrivens, Mike Rundle, and Tyme White are our nominal overlords, keeping the vibe going by example. They’ve built a public space where we can all hang out and do our thing. I think it’s pretty cool, like being in an extended Scooby gang.
Today the triumvirate has unleashed a new site design, codenamed Ali. The new design moves 9rules even further toward community by creating several new context-of-use entry points into the site. I just got to see it for the first time, and here’s my quick impression of the new features:
- 9rules Live – If you’re the type to drink directly from the stream of live articles as they’re posted, this section is just what you wanted.
9rules Member Site Profile – Did you read an article that piqued your curiosity about the author? Click on the various site profile links and see what else s/he’s written.
Topics – At first I thought that was a new way of looking at Communities, but actually it’s a tagging system. If you visit http://9rules/topics/someterm, you’ll see related Notes and member site content. This is effectively the new 9rules search engine, and you can use it to quickly find both articles and conversation from both the community of participating readers and member sites.
my.9rules – This is your social networking profile. You can say a few things about yourself, link to other 9rules reader “friends”, and keep track of all your conversations. When you post a Note, your profile link is displayed right next to it, so people can check you out. I haven’t played with it, but it reminds me a bit of the community of the (old and good) Orkut combined with the selectiveness of the LinkedIn invitation system.
p>It’s all very cool and ingenious.
One thing that may be a little confusing is the difference between notes and topics. For people who just dive in and use things I don’t think it’s a problem, but the analytical / anal types (raises hands) will look for the pattern. I’d break it down as follows:
- Member Sites generate content that is agregated through the 9rules portal.
- Member Sites are assigned to Communities that topically reflect the content of the site, more or less.
- Each Community lists all its member sites.
- EAch Community also provides a place for reader commentary through the Notes system. Notes are like a message board, with the Community serving contextually as the discussion topic.
- Anyone can read Notes, but only registered users can create them. By registering, you create your 9rules Notes Profile.
- Your profile is also your personal home page on the 9rules site, similar to other social networking sites. You can see what you’ve posted on, who you’re friends with, and build up your online reputation through spirited online dialogue.
You can browse content (both member-generated and reader-generated) through your personal home page (My 9rules), through the live stream (9rules Live), by Topic (9rules Topics), by Site Category (9rules Communities), by specific site (9rules Member Profile), and by 9rules Notes Profiles. Each entry point serves a different style of engaging the conversation, and I’m really curious how it will change things up. Meeting people with the same interests as you, in an environment that’s guaranteed to generate a constant stream of original thoughts and ideas? Awesome!