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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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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.

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