For the last few days I’ve been experimenting with Particls, which could be described as a news aggregator/widget/ticker. It could be described as that if you can’t think of a better way to put it. The idea is that you enter some keywords/phrases into the app, and Particls will stream news to you in a ticker on the top of your screen.
Today I realized I was being flooded with information. While checking my RSS feeds, I was on Trillian, listening to XM radio and had Particls running at the top of my screen. I was consuming more information than a human being could possibly use.
I noticed a headline that caught my attention:
PerfSpot.com Fastest Growing Web Site in the World, According to Top Internet Tracking Firm
From the wording of the headline I instinctively knew it was from a press release. Usually I’ll skip those, but it made a bold claim: A site I’ve never heard of is the fastest growing web site in the world. Not being aware of the fastest growing site in the world? That’s just unacceptable.
So I went to the site and signed up for an account. My first impression: Perfspot is myspace without restrictions. It looks like they are really pushing the “go ahead and put up NSFW content, we don’t care” angle. From PerfSpot’s about page:
The beauty of PerfSpot.com is that thereâ€™s no limit to who can enjoy their PerfLife here – men and women, young and old, EVERYBODY loves to laugh and to share what they think is fun and exciting. So go ahead, express yourself, show off whatâ€™s Perf to you! Youâ€™ll be surprised to see how many people agree!
The verdict: It sure looks a lot like myspace, and so far I can’t see much of a difference other than the fact that you can see and upload NSFW content. I’m going to take a look around, but so far I’m not seeing a big difference.