Since September, the online personal hub site About.me has been letting people reserve profile addresses on its service. In return for signing up, they promised to let you have your own personal about.me/ address which they slowly started to activate in batches. Currently, there are now over 400,000 personal sites which have been created and there’s another 20,000 on the waiting list. However, the site is now open to everyone and profile sites are being created immediately.
The About.me service provides one home where all your social networking sites can be tied together along with biographies and other info. So far, About.me has the big networks working with the site including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and others. The service allows you to customise your landing site giving your page a really personal feel. You’re also allowed to upload high-res photos which can form the background of your site and this is a really great feature and has already been used to amazing effect. Users can also email you via the site but your email is never revealed – a very nifty feature. There are also analytics which let you know how many visitors you’ve had, how long they spent looking at your profile and what percentage where new clicks.
There are already a lot of great profiles where you can get inspiration from and if you choose to make your profile public then it becomes available in the directory. There are a few competitors already in the market such as the flavors.me service but there seems to be more functionality available at the moment with About.me. This might change soon as there could be plans to start charging but nothing formal has been announced.