About.me – Your Personal Splash Page

These days, we have all sorts of social networking sites carving out their part of the internet and vying for your precious time. Facebook is one of the big hitters along with Twitter for the vast majority of people but others sites such as LinkedIn and Foursquare also have their uses in amongst everything else going on.

However, it can be hard to bring them together in a simple yet meaningful way, especially if you aren’t handy with HTML and CSS.

Luckily, there is a new service called About.me for those wanting to do something about this predicament. In a nutshell, you can create a splash page about you with links to your profile at popular sites as well as any other personal links. At present, you can link to the following sites:

  • Blogger,
  • Facebook,
  • Flickr,
  • Foursquare,
  • LinkedIn,
  • Posterous,
  • Tumblr,
  • Twitter,
  • TypePad,
  • WordPress.

You can also add RSS feeds for your sites which can be handy for those of you with your own blogs.

Of course, you should consider the privacy implications of aggregating a lot of information in one place and what sort of information you are exposing to the public. For instance, you can configure Facebook to restrict viewing of your content to only your friends but in contrast everything will appear in the feed on your About.me splash page. If you find this a worry you an choose to post a link to your various social networking pages instead of incorporating a feed.

Anyway, if you want to check out what it looks like you can have a look at my splash page here which I knocked up in about ten minutes of elapsed time (most of the time was spent fussing over the photo). About.me is still in private beta at the moment so you can register to receive an invite. They are slowly trickling out and my invite took just under two months to come through (after having signed up in the later part of September).

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