Last night I got the umteenth e-mail asking me what I think about Naymz.
Naymz is a site that I have recommended, based on a friend’s recommendation, as a tool to help you claim more of your online profile.
Theoretically it is a site that helps your name come up on a Google search … at least, that’s the way I understood it.
I finally signed up for Naymz to check it out. I was discouraged by two things:
- Of course, like social networking sites, they wanted me to invite all of my contacts to the network. The problem with this, in my opinion, is that if I do this, I’m strongly endorsing Naymz to my contacts, which I’m not in a position to do yet. Plus, I might recommend it to a few people, but I don’t want to do a blanket endorsement to all of my contacts (some of whom I have a strong (or weak) relationship with).
- Just by filling out my profile I get points. Want another five points? Put what country you are in (but don’t put USA – they don’t like abbreviations)! Want another five points? Put what city you are in! Hold on… I want privacy (well, you know what I mean :p)… this idea of getting points is a yellow flag for my skeptical side.
My understanding is you get more points, which makes you more credible (ie, the more points you have, the more real/genuine/trustworthy/??? you are… ??).
Instead of discouraging anyone from using this, I’ll throw it right back at you – what do you know about Naymz? Is this something that has helped you, or that you recommend? How or why?
If you are interested in reading more about Naymz, here’s some buzz in the blogosphere:
- Liquid HR writes Naymz.com business model and context
- Favorite Online Resources writes Naymz Reputation Network
- Technology Evangelist writes A Stalker Enabled Social Network (note, his argument applies to LinkedIn, too. Read the comments on that post to figure out how to “resolve” it, if you are concerned (I’m not))
- Web 2.0 Weblog writes What The Hell Is This Naymz Thing?