Tweako.com (New York) is a user generated social networking site that provides a one stop collaborative platform and knowledge base for technology and computing related topics. The users of the site can submit their personally created content or content from other websites as well. The content can be in the form of guides, service reviews, new software, programming, tutorials, general information, how-to’s and pretty much any thing that is related to computing and technology. The process of submitting content is straightforward. First, the moderator receives the user’s content and reviews it for possible acceptance. Once accepted, the content is placed in a waiting queue to be placed on the site for everyone to see.
I recently conversed with Mike Stefanello, the 19 year old owner developer and designer of Tweako.com and this is what he had to say:
What is your mission for the site?
“The project was designed to give people interested in these areas a place to pool their knowledge and learn from one another. The site welcomes anyone, at any technical proficiency, and makes the learning process much more fun and enjoyable. In the end, I hope to create a massive repository of computing information, where anyone can come to and quickly learn anything.”
How do you feel about being compared to Digg as the “Digg for Tutorials”?
“It was truly remarkable to go from reading about a great site like Digg everyday, to reading headlines with my site next to theirs. With that, though, came the many negative opinions of it being a clone. I wasn’t claiming this to be a ground breaking innovation, just simply what I thought to be a great site with a great purpose. And although Digg did an amazing job innovating the concept of user involvement and voting; the voting process has been around forever. It can make every site that much better and that is why it has become so popular. They should be extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished. With the way the web has evolved, the potential for anyone to create something amazing will always be there. I only hope this story can influence others to try as well.”
The amount of registered users the site commanded within a short period after launching on March 29, 2007 is quite impressive. Also, the fact that this is a privately owned and funded website is definitely inspiring to small startups that often don’t have the financial support of larger and better funded sites. On a personal note, I found the site to be very well organized and easy to comprehend. The site also has resourceful features such as being able to vote and comment on submitted content. Furthermore, users have the opportunity to freely chat and collaborate with one another and customize their personal profile and news feed page. In addition, they can build a list of buddies and access assistance in a forum. Most impressive is that users can now receive 30% of the sites Adsense revenue generated from their personal content. Now, I really hope that this sets a trend for other social networking sites to follow suit and provide appreciation and incentives to the users that ultimately generate the content.
Click here to visit Tweako.com