Perfspot.com – Something Old, Nothing New, Very Borrowed, Left me Blue

At first glance, Perfspot.com looks like a souped-up ad for the Iphone. The welcome page has a prominent spot in the center of the viewing area for their “Featured Business,” and as a result, the Iphone is right in your face (as though it wasn’t already). Other than that, you are presented with a list of “Channels,” as well as a selection of featured music, videos, news, and blogs that relate to the current page. The channels are just another excuse for more ads and don’t really present anything different from the main page to grab your attention. Just a lot of nothing as far as I was concerned.

After clicking through the channels for a while, I finally noticed the link for “myPerfLife” and clicked on it. Now I was finally able to understand where the hits were coming from. my PerfLife is an almost picture perfect mySpace clone. As a matter of fact, the individual profile pages were almost cookie cutter copies of a mySpace page (the biggest difference I could notice was the presence of photo albums directly on the profile page rather than on a separate link).

Like mySpace, Perfspot has made sure to market itself as a launching pad for musical acts (are there any bands out there nowadays that don’t have a mySpace presence?). As far as I could tell there’s no option to download mp3s if the artist allows it, but there is an advantage in that bands aren’t limited to only posting four songs (though why would you post the entire album for free if you want people to actually buy it?). The problem was that I couldn’t find any bands of note. Perhaps this was due to the relative infancy of the site, but I can’t believe that’s the real reason.

In all honesty, I can’t see how this site can realistically hope to compete with mySpace as a networking hub. Sure, someone will eventually be able to do that (see Facebook), but they’ll have something original to offer, some new wrinkle that mySpace never considered, and they’ll do it in a way that’s so unique that people will rush to take advantage (and effectively join the bandwagon). Perfspot is just a weak copy of an already established formula, not the next big thing. The only thing it has over mySpace is three friends (Ashley, Rob, and Carmen) for your new account instead of just Tom on mySpace, and that just doesn’t cut it. Given that the majority of the hits come from South America, perhaps Perfspot is being more agressively marketed there, and perhaps it will become a viable product for that region of the world, but in my opinion it’s much ado about nothing. If you’re on mySpace already, don’t waste your time, and if you aren’t already on mySpace- you probably don’t care about a site like this anyway.

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  • Superman

    God bless the Internet. If give a platform for people who have no business or real understanding of a subject to be able to voice their short sighted views. Perfspot is awesome. Sure, it is modled after myspace, the original social networking platform. But it goes so much further then they have taken it. First it is much easier to be able to customise the page. You do not have to be an amateur web designer or use a third party site to spit out an HTML code to do something as easy as change your background or completely customise your page. It is all embedded on to your page. Just up load strait from your computer. They also do not limit the amount of content you can up load. Unlimeted pic's and videos. I think the coolest feature that seprates them from the others and is the concept that is the newest thing they have never came up with is the security settings and options. You can have your public page with very limited content that everyone can see. when someone requests you as a friend you can have them be a level 1,2, or 3 security clearance. Nobody who has a lower setting attached to them can see what higher levels can see. Higher levels can see everything below them. you can customize every part of the page to these settings. Let me give you a great example. You family and church group are level one friends. They can see your vacation and hiking pic's and you kissing baby's. On level two you have your closer friends, your girlfriend, and what not. They can see some of the more crazy pic's blogs and photo's taken at the bar. Next you have level 3. You have your closets friends and …. your mistress. they can see your crazy pic's from Vegas, you passed out and acting like a fool. level 1 and 2 have no idea there is content they can not see. They can not see comments blogs or blog entries made by the higher levels. You can also sell stuff via paypal on your page!!! I got an e-mail from them informing that they are launching a business side as well. You can post your resume and network in the same place. They can only see the nice face you put forward and have no idea about the crazy pic's of you with that stripper in Vegas. One place for all. I love this site

  • Superman

    God bless the Internet. If give a platform for people who have no business or real understanding of a subject to be able to voice their short sighted views. Perfspot is awesome. Sure, it is modled after myspace, the original social networking platform. But it goes so much further then they have taken it. First it is much easier to be able to customise the page. You do not have to be an amateur web designer or use a third party site to spit out an HTML code to do something as easy as change your background or completely customise your page. It is all embedded on to your page. Just up load strait from your computer. They also do not limit the amount of content you can up load. Unlimeted pic’s and videos. I think the coolest feature that seprates them from the others and is the concept that is the newest thing they have never came up with is the security settings and options. You can have your public page with very limited content that everyone can see. when someone requests you as a friend you can have them be a level 1,2, or 3 security clearance. Nobody who has a lower setting attached to them can see what higher levels can see. Higher levels can see everything below them. you can customize every part of the page to these settings. Let me give you a great example. You family and church group are level one friends. They can see your vacation and hiking pic’s and you kissing baby’s. On level two you have your closer friends, your girlfriend, and what not. They can see some of the more crazy pic’s blogs and photo’s taken at the bar. Next you have level 3. You have your closets friends and …. your mistress. they can see your crazy pic’s from Vegas, you passed out and acting like a fool. level 1 and 2 have no idea there is content they can not see. They can not see comments blogs or blog entries made by the higher levels. You can also sell stuff via paypal on your page!!! I got an e-mail from them informing that they are launching a business side as well. You can post your resume and network in the same place. They can only see the nice face you put forward and have no idea about the crazy pic’s of you with that stripper in Vegas. One place for all. I love this site

  • hedkandee

    I found out about perfspot because they started heavily spamming my favourite site – imeem.com – if you go and take a look at imeem.com you'll see that many of the features on perfspot are clones of the imeem versions. imeem seems like a better site, they have big name bands and they've got deals with big record labels like Warner Brothers and Sony

  • hedkandee

    I found out about perfspot because they started heavily spamming my favourite site – imeem.com – if you go and take a look at imeem.com you’ll see that many of the features on perfspot are clones of the imeem versions. imeem seems like a better site, they have big name bands and they’ve got deals with big record labels like Warner Brothers and Sony

  • hankoada

    mr superman upthere looks spaMMY, yeah, just like PerFSpot, the major spammer in my Yahoo mail..

  • hankoada

    mr superman upthere looks spaMMY, yeah, just like PerFSpot, the major spammer in my Yahoo mail..

  • ashley

    actually see a lot of imemm ads on Perfspot.. looks like it is the opposite.. perfspot is a lot like myspace, but has a few features that are better including some offline events.. myspace will always be the king, but it is nice to have options..

  • willie

    i like perfspot features… a lot of cool deatures anmd they always update stuff. best videos features on teh internt

  • ashley

    actually see a lot of imemm ads on Perfspot.. looks like it is the opposite.. perfspot is a lot like myspace, but has a few features that are better including some offline events.. myspace will always be the king, but it is nice to have options..

  • willie

    i like perfspot features… a lot of cool deatures anmd they always update stuff. best videos features on teh internt

  • http://mhx.moonfruit.com Zeromus Hunter

    In the end, all social networking sites come down to is preference. After having read your entries it's pretty clear that you didn't really take the time to go through the site. The things that “Superman” mentioned are true, and while it does have a slew of other features that myspace doesn't, and a few features that facebook doesn't, don't be surprised if not every social network you run into isn't trying to attack you with “brand new angles” on all the the same crap that we already know works as it is.

    The idea is to mingle on a social networking site. Think of it like a club. You chose your club, and stick with it. If you've got some smarts? Maybe you'll pick more than one club. Perfspot has a pretty sweet community and there are alot of things you can do on there to kill time, with thier sweet games section, blogs, and the ease of making friends.

    Not to say that your opinion is completely farce, this post is relatively old and they've made a whole sweep of changes in the past few months you probably never had the opportunity to see or know about at the time of this post.

    Bottomline: Don't judge a book by it's cover. It's clear you took one look at the site, shuffled your feet around a little bit, and decided you knew all there is to know on the subject, or at least enough to try and educate other readers.

    Watching the first couple of minutes of the Matrix might make you think it's just another kick-about office movie too, y'know.

    -Zeromus

  • http://mhx.moonfruit.com Zeromus Hunter

    In the end, all social networking sites come down to is preference. After having read your entries it’s pretty clear that you didn’t really take the time to go through the site. The things that “Superman” mentioned are true, and while it does have a slew of other features that myspace doesn’t, and a few features that facebook doesn’t, don’t be surprised if not every social network you run into isn’t trying to attack you with “brand new angles” on all the the same crap that we already know works as it is.

    The idea is to mingle on a social networking site. Think of it like a club. You chose your club, and stick with it. If you’ve got some smarts? Maybe you’ll pick more than one club. Perfspot has a pretty sweet community and there are alot of things you can do on there to kill time, with thier sweet games section, blogs, and the ease of making friends.

    Not to say that your opinion is completely farce, this post is relatively old and they’ve made a whole sweep of changes in the past few months you probably never had the opportunity to see or know about at the time of this post.

    Bottomline: Don’t judge a book by it’s cover. It’s clear you took one look at the site, shuffled your feet around a little bit, and decided you knew all there is to know on the subject, or at least enough to try and educate other readers.

    Watching the first couple of minutes of the Matrix might make you think it’s just another kick-about office movie too, y’know.

    -Zeromus

  • http://retoriplastique.blogspot.com Leonardo

    Hey Superman, so are you the founder of PS? or piad by them? Anyways, enough with your bullshit: PLEASE STOP WITH YOUR SPAMMING AND YOUR CHEAP MARKETING TECHNIQUES.

    Fuckign scammer. And spammer.

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  • http://www.morphdude.com Morphdude

    Preference is key, but did anyone really see facebook sneaking up behind myspace? Or how about back in the day when altavista or lycos used to be top search engines. There will always be competition, and that forces sites to stay on top and stay competetive.

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