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As predicted, LYCOS announced its "new" service called LYCOS "CIRCLES" (well, new in the US ^^)
this basically IS cyworld (without a lot of the bells&whistles--which I am sure they can and will add as things progress with it).
Again for quick review....cyworld is a "mini-home page" community system ("mini-home p" as they call it here) that is wildly popular here in Korea (its has about 10 million verifiably unique members. Remember, that's in a TOTAL Korean population of about 48 million. So, its impressive.) DAUM the owner of Lycos has a competitive system called PLANET, but cyworld was first and biggest.
However, Daum made the first move outside the Korea and it seemed clear that Daum was going to use Lycos as a platform to try this (mini-home-p) model out Stateside....and now...
here it is!
I haven't dug into yet to do a one-to-one comparison and see how well they translated it culturally (don't really have much time nowadays). :(
but it is interesting, imo and think it should be an area to keep watching. It MAAAAAY become the "next big thing" portal-wise. ;)
I wouldn't be very surprised if it did and became lycos's vehicle back into the top portal race.
fun fun fun. *^^*
I haven't dug into yet to do a one-to-one comparison and see how well they translated it culturally (don't really have much time nowadays).
yikes! took a quick look and WOW this is barebones compared to korean stuff......still they have a treasure trove of features they can add if it starts picking up. we'll see.
I took a quick spin through the Circles [circles.lycos.com] examples and I'm getting an idea of what you're talking about here. I could see the attraction as it's almost like your own blog/portal almost. This could catch on, even in the US...you never know. ;)