The Lowdown: These days, it seems a new day means at least a dozen new social networking sites … which means we have less and less time or interest (or hope) of finding something interesting among them. The name “LivingSocial.com” implies just more of the same … but this is a site that, somewhat incongruously, is simply a venue to catalogue and share your favorite things in a number of high-priority categories: movies, books, games, music, restaurants and—of course—beer. Right.
Our Review: Interfacing seamlessly with Facebook is probably this “cataloguing” site’s strongest feature—it’s hard to argue with the smarts of riding on the coattails of the gold standard of social networking sites. So we thought this could be kind of fun—to see the consensus of 6.4 million users, for example, might help us find, for example, the hottest cinema trend we’ve somehow been missing. So, this week’s hottest movie? “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” Really?! Ok, we feel soooo far ahead of the curve now.
That being said, if you are one of those people who lives and breathes, say, movies or beer—we’re kinda stuck on the beer thing—and feel if life had been fair you would have been a highly-respected critic for said topic in, say, the New York Times, this might be the place for you. It’s your chance to be the expert, the critic, and share those thoughts with all your friends.
But if they un-friend you on Facebook after you share your 16th review of Milwaukee’s Best, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The Verdict: For us, it’s a Nay—because honestly, just keeping up with updating our status and responding to wall posts on our Facebook is about all we have time for …