Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Orkut rated as best Social Networking site

PCWORLD.IN has rated Orkut as the best social networking site of india

This is waht they had to say
We evaluated Mingle Box, Yaari, Sulekha, Rediff, MSN Spaces, Yahoo India and Orkut in this category. At first look, Yaari.com has the best visual appeal. The colors, graphics, consistency and typography make it the best designed site in the domain. It also takes the cake for user interactivity and it is praiseworthy for its customization to suit the Indian audience.

Orkut however, has been voted as the best of the lot. Though it is a global site, there are hordes of Indians using it, making it one of the most popular social networking sites.

In terms of user experience it is the easiest to navigate, with its straight forward, uncomplicated and clean interface. However, it may not be the best bet for those looking for business networking. It could also do with brighter colors. Orkut also faces some charges of unsuitability for an increasingly younger audience.

There are special sites now that cater to younger audience; one such is Minglebox.com that focuses mainly on teenagers.

On the other hand, sites like Kincafe.com are positioned for family networking, incorporating features such as photo albums and family trees. And then you have TechTribe, which is a professional networking site, one that promotes entrepreneurship in addition to networking. Members are encouraged to propose and discuss business start-up ideas, which could be funded by TechTribe. Though we have not evaluated these sites, they do deserve a special mention here.

MSN Spaces is predominantly focused on blogs. It uses web parts while creating spaces, using rich text editors which impart an extremely user-friendly and intuitive touch. However, the site provides the option of creating your own page within the space, something that actually creates a lot of clutter. Also, as is the case with Yahoo, MSN Spaces is not really an appropriate platform for social networking.

Among the sites we studied, Yahoo India scored best on relevance of content, layout and search options available.

So thumbs up for orkut atlest in india.


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