I wanted to dedicate this post to the about.me startup founded by Tony Conrad in early 2011. I accidentally met with Tony at a spontant party at the CLARA office in 2011 when he and his friends were stuck in Iceland due to an Icelandic Volcano Eruption.
There are things I like and dislike about the current about.me page. On the positive side I think the user experience is superb, something you rarely see. It takes only a few seconds to get started with the page, drag and drop features, beutiful imagery encourage, literally allowing anyone to create a beutifull personal site about themselves. Also the site has thought through all the key features personal sites should have, such as automatic analytics, easy editing and knowing that you wont personally be going back to the site every day. I think about.me have been successful in making the site a simple one stop shop for all other social activities.
On the negative side. I think about.me could improve a lot with very simple add ons. Firstly to give users the ability to add any social network with icons of their own choice (maybe even integrating it with sites such as iconfinder.com).
Secondly I think more and more people want to have an even more personal site then just the basic features about.me have to offer. Serial bloggers like Brad Feld use their official “blog site” as their “one stop shop”, adding things like a bookshelf through Shelfari / GoodReads and a list of all the marathons he runs (variety of possibilities).
Im looking forward to see if the site will manage to give out more app adds in the feature (currently they have 36 hand picked ones.