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February 22, 2004

Swap Stuff

Social software sites are everywhere. Friendster, Tribe.net, Orkut... keeping track of them all is practically a full time job. And what good are most of them? Beyond the elusive "business networking" benefit, most are simply goofy ego-boosting fun.

Enter Mediachest.com.

It's social software meets NetFlix (or NetBooks or NetGames or NetWhatever). Sure, it's got profiles and friends and groups, but for once, there's a practical, useful purpose: tracking and swapping stuff with friends. Inventory your DVD collection (here's mine - don't laugh!) and other media, join a group or two, link your friends, and have an easy, fun way to try new stuff.

So. Check it out. Sign up. Link with me or the HawaiiStories group. Let's see what you've got!

Our paltry DVD collection is just collecting dust, otherwise...

Posted by Prophet Zarquon at February 22, 2004 02:43 PM


Posted by Linkmeister on February 22, 2004 4:16 PM:

Ryze, from a business point of view, has been useless.

I have two DVD's, and since they're both the LOTR ones, I suspect their trading value is virtually zip. Supply and demand, and all that.

Posted by mel on February 22, 2004 4:53 PM:

Well it certainly sounds better than the recently departed and merged "Ringo.com"....

So like do people swap CDs too?

I guess I should take a look.

Posted by John on February 22, 2004 11:22 PM:

So like do people swap CDs too?

There are websites where people can swap CD's. However, I prefer trading CD's (1:1 or whatever equal radio), it's a lot cheaper and you can build your collection a bit more. That is, for those of us who still like objects such as compact discs and vinyl.

I have a list of my DVD collection, which is small compared to a lot of other people I've seen, and what is it for? To brag and boast about... how junk your tastes are? Or that you love "In The Mood For Love" and "Golden Chicken"?

Posted by NemesisVex on February 23, 2004 12:39 PM:

If there were an import feature of some sort, it would really make loading up my 900+ CDs on to the site.

Posted by Ryan on February 23, 2004 12:54 PM:

Absolutely. I know they have quickie export features, so an import doesn't sound too farfetched.

I think part of the problem is, for simplicity's sake, their database is linked to UPC codes (for CDs, ISBNs for books, etc), so unless your personally maintained database includes that field, it could be a challenge.

The CueCat integration is a nice touch... might as well get some use out of that piece of hardware, otherwise an artifact of one of the most ridiculous disasters of the dot-com bust.

Posted by R-Lan on February 24, 2004 8:27 AM:

After a short while, I gave up on Ryze. I just couldn't cope with the interface. Don't really log on to Friendster all that much (but now with their planned improvements, maybe I will again) and joining MySpace and doing very little with it... well, seems that the whole social networking "craze" is losing its luster on me.

But trading stuff? That sounds interesting. I just have to get back in the mode. And by that time, a gazillion more sites'll pop up. :D wheee...

Posted by NemesisVex on February 25, 2004 4:26 AM:

The folks who started up Six Degrees long ago and far away must really be peeved.

Posted by justin on July 16, 2004 8:16 AM:

moogul.com is another service that is similar to mediachest but more focused (i.e. leave the dating component to match.com).

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