We'll see truly how many degrees separate FoRKers from the rest.
WRITE ON: It seems that everything worth doing on the Internet --
and there are some who will claim there is nothing the
networks can't accommodate -- gets commercialized.
It doesn't take very long, either.
The latest wave of money-making opportunities to crash
e-mail box are diary and journal sites, URLs where people
go to bare
their innermost thoughts and feelings.
Two such sites, www.opendiary.com and Infinite Humanity
gone up in the past few months. They're clearly
banner ads and registration fees established to cover
``You go in, it's real user-friendly,'' said Julie
spokeswoman for Infinite Humanity. The site charges $10
``storyography'' -- your life in your own words; $5 for a
announcement and $5 for what we newspaper types like to
obituary. ``It's kind of like a cyber time capsule,'' she
Bruce Ableson's Open Diary project sells ads to support
got about 1,800 regular correspondents and some firm
what can and can't be posted. He sees his diary project
as a way to
make it easier for people to tell their stories to
others. Since Open
Diary lets readers correspond with writers -- it's all
anonymous -- the
whole thing can be kind of therapeutic, he notes.
But apart from being really easy to use -- after you fill
application form -- none of this is particularly new.
It's been going on
-- for free, providing you have the technical knowledge
-- on a variety
of linked Web sites for some time.
Webrings -- interlinked sites -- like Open Pages, the
Journals or On Display contain diary entries, photos,
musings and the
general rantings and ravings of various members' home
are linked together by coding.
They're all taking advantage of people's need to be heard
-- sometimes even seen -- on the Web as well as in real life. Ableson said he sees more diary and journal sites all the time. ``Are people trying to make their mark? I guess some of them are,'' he said. ``I think a lot of them find that to be a cool idea.''