Blog privacy

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.

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4 Responses to Blog privacy

  1. Clay Collier says:

    I really feel that people are not searching for exclusivity in their blogging. Part of the blogging world is that it is open to anyone. You have your “friends” who check it recently but there is also a vast “community” that may happen upon your thoughts at any time. This is part of the greatness of blogging, that anyone may see your world. have a great break, BC.

  2. bc says:

    i think you’re right, for most bloggers. but there are times when i’ve wanted only to publish for a defined group, like our two classes. the question, and you nibble at this: are there enough with similar wishes to create the critical mass vox will need to be successful.

    that is the question for a lot of startups. we need critical mass to make our community flourish, to truly work, but we need to offer something compelling on Day 1 in order to attract that critical mass. so what do we do?

  3. andy says:

    bc,
    this just kinda looks like a nice version of xanga. another community type, but i don’t care to join. i’d rather what i post be out there for anyone and everyone
    pro netneutrality
    web applications will attract many though. web 2.0 is quite a motivator for the newbie type that wants to be more involved online

  4. it did not look like xanga to me, but it wil be up to the vox community. that’s the really cool thing about community media, in my opinion. software developers have some ideas. they build an environment, roll it out to the world, and then watch as their structure gets bent, broken, re-shaped, re-molded, fashioned into something an online community wants. The smart software companies, like SecondLife, eBay, and, to a lesser extent, FaceBook listen. The dumb ones, like Friendster, die off.

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