Hands-on with Vox

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Hands-on with Vox | News.blog | CNET News.com: Rafe Needleman gives a preliminary first take on Vox, Six Apart’s newest entry into the blogging/media sharing space set to launch later this year.

Needleman concludes that, “Vox is not revolutionary, but it shows how blog tools are evolving and how communities online are becoming even more specialized. It looks like Vox might be an attractive platform for a lot of people who aren’t currently participating in online communities.”

Right now Vox is in private beta and you have to have an exisiting member send you an invitation to get in. Thanks to automatt for giving me an invitation in.

I haven’t really played around with Vox that much yet but one thing I do like about it is that it has a tool where you can bring in your Flickr photos including the metadata (tags) associated with the photos. I don’t like the fact that you have to manually pull them in 20 at a time (with my 6,000+ shots on Flickr it would take *forever* to do this) but having at least a limited amount of portability is good.

I’m not exactly sure what Vox is hoping to offer me as I already have a blog, but it feels like they are trying to create a MySpace type of place but maybe for a slightly older crowd.

We will have to see how it evolves.

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4 Comments

  1. Tyler Willis says:

    Hey,

    I’m new reader and have been really enjoying your posts. I agree that VOX is attempting to harness similar tools to myspace, without overburdening the site with all sorts of crap. I think this is a very intelligent way to design a new service in the field. I have some interest in social networks (half contempt/half amazement) and while I haven’t gotten a chance to play with it, I’m really curious as to how it works out in the next 6-12 mo.

    Keep on Bloggin,
    -Tyler

  2. Rob Sylvan says:

    I’ve been playing with Vox for a couple of weeks and I find it so easy to use that I am actually using it, which I guess is the point.

    I do web development in my day job, so I actually appreciate not having to employ those skills just to post a few paragraphs of text and some photos.

    I currently have a few invites if anyone would like to give Vox a test drive.

  3. I signed up for it and like it so far. One feature that I have not been able to find is the ability to post it over to your own domain. Sort of like blogger allows you to post but host the blog on your own domain. Does anyone know if this is possible?

  4. wirehead says:

    The flickr integration is nice, but I would love it more if I could set up automatic flickr integration, where it imports my flickr images for me, without me needing to select which images I want to bring over.

    Also, I might actually use my vox for things if I could blog images from flickr.