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A drop of sharing, a drop of friendship
By: Ask Bob                                           Sept 24, 2010
One more social networking site, anyone? This one is from Japan, and if you were to ask, combines the powers of StumbleUpon, Twitter, Digg and Facebook. Called Drrop, this social site is in pre-Beta stage, and allows you to test it and send in your feedback before they decide to go "official". Drrop allows you to text anything on earth that you feel like. The text or Drrop remains online for 24 hours before extinguishing or being wiped off. So, what's with the name, Drrop?
Drrop is a post-what-you-like site, much like scores of others all of us in cyberspace are familiar with by now. It is a text post that allows you to say anything you feel at the present moment in time or some info you want to. (Not to clear right now whether like Twitter, there will be a character limit). Like, a simple, "Hi, I am Bob" to "X software is too good." These Drrops are then posted on the Top Page or Gleaning Page where you, the user, shall be served these Drrops one by one, posted by other users world over. You have the power to "Save" or "Wipe Out" the Drrops. Of course, you can chose to reply to the Drrop. If you wipe it out, that particular post will never be shown to you in the coming hours. Any way, the Drrop gets wiped out automatically every 24 hours unless you have chosen to save it or reply to it. There is also a Buddy (Friends) list where you can make online buddies or invite others over.
Developed by Takuro Yoshida, Project Leader and Hiro Kobayashi who handles the graphics and the Press, Drrop was born on September 12, 2010. It is now open to public testers (users) whose feedback is awaited. One needs to register and subsequently log in to use this site.
A social networking startup based around online business cards
By: Ask Bob                                                                                                                                            Sept 17, 2010


Remember visiting/business cards? Yeah, the same which you exchange with colleagues/friends/peers in the Real World? Now, there is a Startup that has gone and built an entire social network around business cards, this time virtual, to be exchanged online. Qubrit was launched in April 2010 and is now several versions old (present one is V2).
At the very core, Qubrit follows a simple philosophy - do away with the paper business cards and get on to storing virtual cards/contacts. It has slotted itself as an "online business cards and personal contacts network," with a dash of microblogging on the side. qubrit.com is owned by Qubrit Limited based in the United Kingdom. Joining Qubrit is free but you do require to sign up. Once you do, you get a @qubrit.com id. This social networking has faint hints of linkedin.com, and allows a user to "recommend" other users/colleagues. Qubrit has launched a new beta in August. It is now working towards integrating itself with other sites like Facebook and Twitter, among other things. 
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Name:Qubrit                                                                                                                        17/09/2010
Design - 3/5       Utility - 3/5     Nav - 4/5     Download - 4/5                                Score - 14/20
Video socializing
By: Ask Bob                                                      Sept 8, 2010



Increasingly it is coming down to this. Social networking on the Internet is being broken down into niche players. Or should we say, to address niche needs? If you love watching videos on the Net (and we don't mean the naughty XXX types), and would love to share them with others, or for that matter, find out what other video lovers are watching at the present moment in time, then, this startup could be for you. Shufflr uses uploaded videos as the start-off point for socializing on the Internet.
Shufflr works on a simple philosophy - it helps you "discover" videos of your liking from the Web World, and allows you to share it with others who may have similar interests. That is where the social connect happens. Shufflr is based in Bangalore, India, and is a product of Althea Systems. Launched in mid-2010, it is a positioned as a "social video browser with "smart" discovery engines. The way it actually works is this: There are 4 ways for a user to access the videos he/she likes. It could be from Shufflr itself based on your previous video viewing history (2) It could be Related Videos, i.e. videos thrown up for your viewing similar to the ones you have seen recently (cookie-based) (3) A Twitter-like approach wherein you can also watch videos that are been seen by others who have tastes similar to yours (4) By Search.
So, rather than keep searching the Net and try to find out videos of your liking, you can install Shufflr on your desktop (it is browser-based) and let it do all the hard work for you for free.
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Name:Shufflr                                                                                                                       08/09/2010
Design - 4/5       Utility - 2/5     Nav - 3/5     Download - 4/5                                Score - 13/20