CyWorld. The New MySpace? I Don’t Think So.
A few days ago CNet News had an article about a new “Social Networking” site, similar to MySpace that is supposedly huge in South Korea. It’s called CyWorld. The article talked about how “more than 90 percent of South Koreans between 20 and 29 are estimated to have pages on the network, and about 80 percent of all citizens in that age bracket use the site daily, members and non-members alike.” With statistics like that, how could someone not take the plunge and try it out?
I’ll spare you the aggravation of trying it out for yourself. Unless, of course, you’re a glutton for punishment and frustration. Then feel free to try it out for yourself. This site is absolutely ridiculous. It’s completely user UNfriendly. It’s cluttered. You have to use these “Acorns” in order to use different services, a type of “payment system.” And like Friendster, you are able to see everyone who has viewed your profile, or “mini-home.” (Of course, Friendster allows you to opt out. CyWorld does not.) Not something for those who like their privacy. Something that’s becoming a rare commodity these days. Oh, and you can’t even use the service in one browser window. Your “mini-home” is in one, and the other crap is in another. I became angry with it after about 10 minutes.
Overall, CyWorld is very childish in nature. I can’t picture anyone over the age of 12 really getting into this site. I give CyWorld two E-Stabs in the gut. Don’t waste your time. MySpace has nothing to worry about.
Read a book. Don’t watch TV.