When it comes to social networking via the Internet, we have been forced to constantly make choices as to what is suitable for our needs. For personal, business and even to follow favorite media and brand names, we often find ourselves belonging to several social networking sites that have been designed, at least in theory, to make life easier.
Unfortunately, the longer we belong to the sites, the more useless information begins to pile up. Having a few “friends” on one networking site becomes a long list of people we don’t know and who really have no interest in hearing about the mundane moments we feel the need to share, and vice verse. That along with an uninterrupted stream of advertisements along with website redesign and policy changes makes the idea of social networking a headache inducing chore.
Moreover, there is no real choice but to belong to several of these social sites for specific needs. And even opening multiple accounts so that you are able to keep different corners of your life, such as work and socializing, separate. After all, your friends don’t need to know about a 10-page report due in two days any more than your boss has a need to hear about the birthday party you are planning for your grandmother in three weeks.
Even the most social of Internet butterflies are becoming less and less impressed with the lack of privacy, separation and the constant policy and infrastructure changes going on with these websites. Not to mention the time sucked away from our lives as we navigate from one site to another, signing in and out of multiple accounts, only to find that absolutely nothing of real relevance to our own world has happened that day. It can be exhausting just trying to keep up.
With all of this in mind and more, the Unthink.com social networking site has the potential to provide a simpler solution for the personal, the lifestyle, and the business sides of social networking by allowing the users the freedom to choose how they view their Internet social networking lives and keep the personal separate from the business side.
Right now, signing up for an account consists of registering your email and waiting for an invitation code. I received mine about eight hours after sending in my request. Then it was just a matter of entering the code into the space provided along with my email.
The fifth step is where you are able to invite others to come check out Unthink.com as well. You are able to choose from several email services’ contact lists as well as IM’s. You can also invite individuals by e-mail or do a search on Unthink.com for people who already have an account. After you click DONE your networking suit is complete.
At this time you have the option to migrate your Facebook media over to Unthink.com. When you have completed migration and click OK you will be taken to your home page. It is here where you begin to tweek your page starting with privacy settings. Then comes other account changes you can make from the account page. You will be be able to change things such as your display name and birthday but coming soon will be verification as well as the ability to chose your URL/username.
You can take advantage of the individual editing choices for your profiles. You decide who can see however much information you deem appropriate without limiting what you can share. If you want to display your plans for the evening in your social profile but don’t want everyone to know where you are going feel free. Only those allowed to view your social profile will be able to see what your plans for the night are.
You have four profile category choices to fill out. A basic profile which is where we began for birth date and name, a social profile which allows you to share more personal information like relationship status, sexual orientation, religious affiliations and other relevant information that you wish to share including communication preferences.
There is also a lifestyle profile which allows you to follow your favorite brands and trends. This section is currently under construction but will eventually allow you to check in on your favorites without cluttering up your stream of information. Last but not least is a professional profile. Here you can express yourself business wise. You are able to share current working situation, job needs and requirements as well as experience in your field and skills that may help you find that perfect working environment.
With each profile you decide who can see the information. This means that you are able to easily decide if the same people who see your social profile will be able to access your professional profile. It also helps you to organize your separate interests and lets you peruse any particular part of your life, rather professional or social, without having to scroll through pages of information before finding what you are looking for.
Good or Bad
I’ve honestly never really gotten into the social networking scene. Although I have a Facebook, LinkedIn and MySpace account, I rarely find myself really looking through the data streams to follow any particular things. I admit that much of this has to do with the complete jumble of information that is presented.
I have some shows I follow and I like the updates on those. There are a couple of brands I purchase religiously and I like hearing about specials and discounts for them. I like to follow some of my friends posts as well but the search to find the most recent posts and the best deals seems to take forever and so I generally avoid other networking sites simply because of the disorganization of information.
I’ve also never appreciated the fact that information I want to share with friends can also be viewed by business associates which means multiple accounts that need to be constantly logged in and out of. The idea that I might be able to accomplish everything I want to from one simple social networking site is undoubtedly attractive and is the reason I wanted to take a closer look at Unthink.com.
For those reasons, I highly recommend Unthink.com. It has great potential as a social networking tool that may just become the best and most convenient way of accomplishing on one site and in one account what the top networking sites claim to offer but never quite do for my needs and the needs of several others around the world. It is a growing community with people from all walks of life who, in their infinite wisdom, have decided to try something new and less restrictive. Unthink.com could finally give us, the users, the freedom we have craved without over thinking each post, recommendation or friend request.