Yahoo Meme Fails to Impress

Paul just sent me an invite to the new beta service Yahoo Meme, and my initial impression? *Yawn*

If Meme is going for simplicity, they hit the nail on the head. You can’t get a more basic micro-blogging service. You have the option to post a snippet of text, a picture, music or video. Like most services you have the option to subscribe to other users Memes, and each user has an RSS feed so you can subscribe in a reader, stream though a lifestream, or whatever else.

While Yahoo Meme has been compared to Twitter due to it’s ‘repost’ feature, this is really more along the lines of Tumblr, or a stripped-down version of Posterous. In fact, it’s this lack of features that makes the service so very unimpressive.

One of the biggest drawbacks to the service is the incredibly insular feel it has. There are no options to share content to other places, which means content is simply posted and then reposted within the service to other members. I understand Yahoo wants to focus on keeping traffic within the site, but in the end it really starts to feel like nothing but a Yahoo member circle-jerk.

You’d think with this ‘content in, not out’ mentality, they would make it easier to post things to the site, but not so. Videos cannot be uploaded, only shared via links, and only from Youtube and Vimeo. Sorry Seesmic, Metacafe, and all the rest! Most remarkably, you cannot even share video from Yahoo’s own Yahoo Video service. Whaaaat? Music is just as awkward, requiring a link instead of direct upload.

With all the hoops to jump through to post there, at least they make it somewhat easy to use by giving you a bookmarklet or browser button to post media directly to your account from your browser, right?…Right?


That would be a no. Items can only be posted directly via the Yahoo Meme dashboard.

I have gone over this site pretty thoroughly, which given the lack of features, didn’t take long. Yahoo Meme could maybe be recommended if all you wanted was a basic microblog service that you don’t expect anyone else to actually read. Until some of the most basic features are added for social bookmarking and sharing, and Yahoo makes it easier to post via uploads and bookmarklets, don’t waste your time.

Yahoo Meme’s attempt to recreate the microblog fail to impress, and in this case feel more like other services’ leftovers re-plated and served cold.

Ending the Full Feed vs Partial Feed Debate Once and For All

Thanks to a nifty little WordPress plugin by Stephen Cronin, the full vs. partial feed debate is officially OVER. With this kick-ass widget, you can now offer *both* full and partial feeds, allowing your readers to make the choice which version they want. Check out my upper right corner to see what I mean. The plugin comes as a button or text, I chose text and edited out the comments feed since I find them rather useless.

Suburban Oblivion is now like Burger King- have it your way! 😉

Full Feed, Partial Feed. Flip-flop, flip-flop.

(Updating to add poll to the sidebar, take a second to vote please!)

I hate being on the fence, it’s a real pain, and that’s just the splinters.


Full RSS feed, or partial?


What do you guys do? Do partial feeds annoy you?


I’ve gone back and forth on this, and am finally going back to full feed. I almost hate to do it, because I know I’ll have to keep a sharp eye on where my feed is being fed(partial feeds protect from others running your RSS through their blog) and I suspect my comments will go down. BUT, I also know a lot of people get really annoyed by partial feeds, so back to full feed I go. Prove me wrong and continue to comment, will ya? 😉




I have finally decided to add an email subscription form again, so just enter your email address in the box in the sidebar to subscribe via email! 100% spam free, and posts will be waiting for you in your inbox even if you miss a day or three! (Great way to get the content if the BlogHer ads annoy you or cause browser problems!)