Genwi is a media social network, save and share, news items, blog posts, video clips, podcasts, feeds, people, all with user profiles, messaging, add friends, voting, comments, add widgets to your profile, etc…
This service is really clean, smooth and easy to use…all media in one. It’s more about collecting/organising, sharing, and recommendation rather than publishing (besides comments and voting).
The great thing is that when you join it asks for a few keywords (or you can bypass this), it will then offer you feeds, blogs, videos, etc…based on these keywords, otherwise browse around the community content or add your own.
In a nutshell it is a social network for your subscriptions (you can also read summaries), where you can also collect items (favourites) and share stories with others (also comment and vote), you can also see other people’s pages.
The homepage has a stream of stories where you can again comment and share stories, it has 3 views (shared, new, popular). These stories are sectioned into format types:
- videos, blogs, podcasts, news, people, comments, and feeds.
The feeds section allows you to browse, search and subscribe to feeds, you can also upload feeds. When you upload feeds it asks to choose from a feed type category (video, podcast, blog, news) and add tags.
This way the section streams are correct, ie if you label the feed you upload as “video”, it’s contents will appear in the video section.
For each story you can click to see it’s source channel, from here you can:
- share and comment on items
- subscribe, comment and rate the feed
- view related feeds
Now I wish the “My Page” had these river of news format type streams, and also your feed list by format type.
It doesn’t have a personal RSS Reader, you can only read item summaries, it lacks mark read/unread, but you can save stories to Favourites (these are organised by format type, unlike your feeds).
A really great part is that you can view other people’s pages, see their:
- message them
Besides sharing feeds and items, I’d like to see related feeds, items and people, even according to tags you use (only if it had tags).
This has the potential to be a more complete social bookmarks, social feeds, and people networks, with memedigging all in the one service…Rojo has this idea, but just hasn’t got the people network part.
Similar social network RSS Readers are Ozmozr, Spokeo, NeooWs, Newgie and Rojo…these are more robust type RSS Readers. Genwi could join these others by making your subscriptions page more like a regular RSS Reader, it reminds me of a startpage, in that respect it could take a look at the PageFlakes RSS Reader module. [via MNM]