Sunday, December 7, 2008 @ 9:17 am by Kevin Palmer
Features: Gather is focused on the over 30 crowd with the features build around good discussion not around picking people up. Users have a profile, can message, upload photos, videos, and posts. There are also groups that are built around topical content.
Gather also uses a points system that rewards users for their participation on the site. There are multiple ways to stumble across content through random generation or even popular ratings.
Review: I am not sure how effective this is in rewarding user engagement, I think it works on some level on message boards as a some sort of social capitol but on social networks I really doubt it as a motivating factor.
The layout was well designed and it was easy to use. There was a lot of content on the site and discussions were occurring. Some of the most popular blogs posts had 50-100 comments.
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