CommonGate is a service that allows you to start up your own communal weblog in a social network environment…or you can just run around posting on other communal blogs.
Everyone creates an account, then you start being social by joining gates eg. web2.0…simply click post and write a post and tag it, now your post is part of this gate (I guess the term gate refers to a topic gateway).
If you go back to your user space you will also see your posts from all the gates you have been blogging at, you also get your own feed. The sidebar hosts links to the homepage of your favourite gates and a space for people to leave comments…there’s even an inbox to send and receive messages…and also a space to list your favourite CommonGaters.
Here is an example user.
Even create your own gate, each has an RSS feed and a tag cloud, you can also re-syndicate feeds on the sidebar…a bit of newsmastering on the side
CommonGate is not to heavy with features, it is dead easy and effective…I like that fact that you can run around blogging in all different gates, and they are all collated in your user space.
It kind of reminds me of the tag-based forums where you can post all over the place, and see all your posts at your user space…CommonGate has this feel added to the blogging concept, but what makes it even more special is the network part…a lot of services are considered social, but not neccessarily a network.