This is the question that 9rules Member, Richard Ball, asks on his blog and it is a very interesting one indeed. It is a logical comparison because our feature set is on par with the cores of each of these services. Because of this I would like to look a bit deeper into each and see if the comparisons make any sense.
- Digg: As great as Digg is, the site doesn’t go very deep in offering more than just showing you what links are hot for the day. Clips does the same thing and more in my opinion. They have gone a little deeper with the social networking features, but those feel more hacked on than included in the overall site’s functionality. For those people who really do just want to see what’s hot for the day in the tech world Digg is the perfect solution. For the ones that wish to have a deeper experience across a broader range of topics I think you will find Clips more to your liking.
- del.icio.us: del.icio.us is referred to as a social bookmarking service, but to be honest I never understood the social part of it. You can view tags others place on bookmarks and you can setup a network of “friends” that see what you are bookmarking and vice versa, but that is as social as it gets. To me del.icio.us is more of a personal service and it does what it does extremely well. Again the 9rules equivalent is Clips where you can save your favorite links for your own enjoyment or share them with your friends and the 9rules Community at-large.
There is definitely a social element behind Clips that you won’t find on del.icio.us since you can discuss them like you do Notes and actively share them with your friends.
- Facebook: I suppose it’s better to draw this equivalent than Myspace right? Facebook is great at what it does, which to be honest I can’t say exactly what that is, but 40 million people have to like something about it. It does connect you to people, but beyond look at pictures and changing your status their isn’t much to do. When we created my.9r we wanted social networking capabilities that actually encouraged social networking. On my.9r you can play the voyeur like everywhere else, but you are encouraged even more to be a social individual across the site engaging in conversations and actively pursuing new relationships that have meaning behind them beyond thinking the person has a hot profile pic.
All three of these sites are great at what they do and have provided huge inspiration to us in the development of Ali2. We can only hope that we have added enough 9rules flavor to our offerings so you can see there is a difference between how we do things versus how they do them. However, if people wish to say we are a combination of all three then that is a comparison we will happily accept. Now just get us on the cover of magazines, billion dollar offers and all the free alcohol we can drink and the comparisons will be complete.