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World, get ready for Yahoo Mash

Yahoo recently began beta testing Mash, the company's experimental social networking web site that will allow Yahoo users to share information with one another.  Mash is Yahoo's latest attempt at social networking after failing with Yahoo 360 and its bid to purchase Facebook.

Yahoo aims to implement features that will differentiate Mash from other services, but exact details remain unknown.  One perk already known is the ability for users to edit profiles that belong to their friends.

Yahoo started inviting a small number of testers to the service late last week.  Users who have not been invited to the service are unable to view the site, however; the head of the Mash team has a public blog which details the current status of the project.

For any DailyTech readers who are now Mash users, the head of the Mash development team, Will Aldrich, has a message for you.

"Mash is still pretty raw — there are bugs and we haven’t gotten to several of the features it really should have," he posted in the blog.  We need to hear from you about where to focus our efforts. So leave comments here in the blog, on my profile, or on Mash’s suggestions board. We’re listening."

A New York Times blog points out a number of different features that the early version of Mash does not utilize.  For example, private messaging for users to message other users has not been activated by Yahoo.  Users also do not have the ability to post information and personal details.

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oh god
By Gul Westfale on 9/18/2007 12:22:35 AM , Rating: 1
yet another one of these retarded "social networking" sites for losers who have no friends in real life.

RE: oh god
By SunAngel on 9/18/2007 12:27:44 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting! I thought all geeks thought the same way. Everything needed to be in the digital domain of 1s and 0s. Isn't that supposed to be the purpose of online social sites such as this?

You guys really need to get it together. There is so much conflicting opinions it hard to figure anything out. One minute you want this, one minute you want that. What is a developer supposed to do?

RE: oh god
By Gul Westfale on 9/18/2007 12:53:39 AM , Rating: 4
i'm too old to be an emo who needs to share his pain of being a retard; and i actually talk to the people i know in real life, in real life. thus i don't need these sites... but they still annoy me.

RE: oh god
By zerocool84 on 9/18/2007 3:11:38 AM , Rating: 2
I slit my wrists yesterday because my mom got me a white ipod and I wanted a black one............

RE: oh god
By peritusONE on 9/18/2007 8:01:49 AM , Rating: 2
i'm too old to be an emo who needs to share his pain of being a retard; and i actually talk to the people i know in real life, in real life. thus i don't need these sites

I never understood the urge to judge the users of social networking sites so harshly (and to harshly stereotype them, as you did here). I myself do not use them, but I don't think bad of those that do. For a lot of people out there, it's a great way to socialize without fear rejection based on looks during first impressions. It also seems to be a great way to reconnect with people from your past that you've lost touch with.

RE: oh god
By Yongsta on 9/18/2007 4:09:35 PM , Rating: 2
Since you're on a "techie site" let's do some stereotyping about you... Hmm, you're still a virgin. You still live in your mom's basement. You have a lot of acne? Socially-Awkward?

RE: oh god
By blaster5k on 9/18/2007 8:34:55 AM , Rating: 3
Maybe this applies to some of the people on MySpace, but not Facebook and not necessarily all social networking sites. I can tell you that people use Facebook to keep in touch with each other. When we meet new people out around town (particularly the ladies), we frequently ask if they're on Facebook -- if they don't ask first. I don't have a single "friend" who I hadn't actually met in person beforehand -- and the same goes for most users in my experience. It just makes it easy to share pictures, videos, contact info, and stuff.

Bottom line: I think it's a pretty big stretch to claim that they're sites for "losers who have no friends". I've found the opposite to be more true since it's hard to look like a social butterfly online if you're not in real life. Those creepy self photos get suspicious...

RE: oh god
By The Sword 88 on 9/18/2007 9:49:08 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, I use Facebook to keep in touch with friends you went to different colleges than I did and as an easy way to invite a bunch of people to a party or something without having to call each person or spend a few dollars senind out a ton of texts

RE: oh god
By Spivonious on 9/18/2007 10:36:54 AM , Rating: 1
You know, there is such a thing as e-mail.

RE: oh god
By blaster5k on 9/18/2007 11:32:06 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, and when people want to discuss, you're going to tell me a mixture of reply and reply-all e-mails are really the best way to do it? Then when somebody gets left off the list and later added, they miss part of the dialog and people forget to reply to the updated e-mail. Somehow I don't think this is the most effective way to coordinate something... :-)

RE: oh god
By Spivonious on 9/21/2007 11:36:40 AM , Rating: 2
an easy way to invite a bunch of people to a party or something without having to call each person or spend a few dollars senind out a ton of texts

This is what I was responding to, not your original post. Email is a great way to send a bunch of people the same message.

RE: oh god
By GoatMonkey on 9/18/2007 1:06:48 PM , Rating: 2
What they should be doing is going to the computer web sites where all the really cool people hang out...

What it looks like
By nace186 on 9/18/2007 8:20:44 AM , Rating: 2
I saw an image on another site of how it looks like. In my opinion, it look terrible! It's like all the info you want to put on it are put in rectangular line boxes and meshed up together on a web page.

I don't know, maybe it's only beta right now. I still don't see why we need another one of these.

RE: What it looks like
By nace186 on 9/18/2007 8:23:04 AM , Rating: 2
ah I found it. Here's a link to what it look like:

I don't know, it seems disorganized to me.

RE: What it looks like
By Pandamonium on 9/18/2007 2:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
Looks like a Facebook clone. Mash will probably grow, but Facebook dominates the college crowd. It's just a hunch, but I think the college crowd is the demographic yahoo wants to target. Unless Facebook *really* screws up, I don't see users converting to any other service.

RE: What it looks like
By GoatMonkey on 9/18/2007 1:04:32 PM , Rating: 2
Because Yahoo's developers were bored and it probably wasn't that hard to put together a site like this. The hard part is maintaining it, monitoring content (copyright etc.), preventing hackers.

Yuwie -- share's profits with users
By quickk on 9/18/2007 4:22:14 PM , Rating: 2
These social networking sites are popping up everywhere like crazy! The other day I came across another one called Yuwie. I think that this one has real potential though since the advertisement revenue is shared amongst the users.

It's essentially a legal pyramid scheme since all of the money comes from advertisement. If you ask me, now is the time to join since the site's new. Who knows, you might actually make some cash!

It's still in beta, but you can check it out here:

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