Vox blogs offer privacy settings post by post
I have not yet tried the blogging service Vox, but I am intrigued by its unique selling proposition: the ability to determine who can view a post and, therefore, who cannot.
From Six Apart, Vox allows bloggers to choose among “the world,” “friends and family,” “friends,” “family,” and “you only” on each and every post. Just as FaceBook replaced Friendster as the social network du jour by building in exclusivity (and recently threatened its own vitality by removing it), Vox is adding this seemingly obvious feature. If FaceBook is in some ways the antidote to MySpace’s exhibitionish, a tool for managing relationships, Vox seems positioned to counterpose Blogger.com, the Google-owned, Google-searched everyman blogware.
I did bounce around Vox and noted that it requires no HTML coding knowledge to post video, audio or photos. That is another big advantage. I’ve been frustrated this semester by WordPress’s browser-by-browser idiosyncracies in formatting and its resistance to HTML code tweaks. It just ignores most of them.
Vox’s drawbacks? Do we want this level of control over all our posts? And to see any post restricted in any way, a visitor has to be registered with Vox. Signups always reduce participation by quite a bit. Vox will be worth a watch though, particularly because of its rich media capabilities.