SPoint the Way, Arno!

In these days of Twitter and ‘anything older than 5 minutes is history’ rapid updates, you may have heard about this already. However, since I have far more readers of this blog than I have twitter followers, I’m assuming that at least not all of you are dying for latest-second updates.

Regardless, Arno Nel, the founder of SharePointMagazine.net and the first person in the SharePoint scene to take a chance at publishing my writing, has launched his new site, SPoint.me. It’s a social interaction site, and frankly, from my first impressions, it’s an absolute godsend to a community that’s currently limited to 140 characters and an attention span of about one minute.

SPOINT, the SharePoint Social Network, offers news, grops, forums, blogs, and other stuff. What’s cool, and what I think is Arno’s real genius here, is that all the content is user created. I’m thinking that this is as close to ShareBook as one could get.

Update: Someone asked me what’s so great about spoint.me, so to prevent sounding just like an ad board, let me give you a couple of goods and bads about spoint.me.

Good Stuff

I’ll grant any doubters the point that spoint.me is new and it may fall flat on its face tomorrow. I doubt it, and here are a few reasons why.

First, spoint.me gives you groups that feature forums, wikis, calendars, etc. Basically, a place where you and whoever finds it interesting can share info. What’s even better is that these groups can be private. For example, I want to keep a private group for the USPJA faculty, and spoint.me gives me exactly that.

Second, it’s real easy to hook up with people. From the members list, you can friend people just like you can on FaceBook. I should, at this point, say that I stay away from FaceBook because I don’t trust them. If I were to use FaceBook, it would be to hook up with SharePoint friends. Now, I don’t need to.

Third, the forum interface is refreshing. It’s real easy to add quick answers and questions without clicking too much and at least from the limited number of topics I’ve watched, it’s quite ease to get an overview.

Bad Stuff

First, I miss twitter integration. I do most of my communication through either email or twitter, and it would be great to have spoint.me keep track of at least my twitter updates.

Second, I’m not really sure why I can only invite users from my friends list into a group.

Third. Well. Not really sure. Perhaps I’ll find a third bad thing later. For now, however, I absolutely love it.

During the first day alone, hundreds of people have signed up. So should you.


PS: Arno also told me he’s going to revive sharepointmagazine.net, which has been sort of barren for new content for several months. Just don’t tell anyone, I think it’s a secret, but I think it’s because he’s become a father in the meantime 😉

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Bjørn Furuknap

I previously did SharePoint. These days, I try new things to see where I can find the passion. If you have great ideas, cool projects, or is in general an awesome person, get in touch and we might find out together.

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