If you’ve embraced social media at all, you likely have accounts at Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Vimeo, Digg, Delicious, Tumblr, Posterous, FourSquare, Picasa, and Flickr. Those are in addition to your blog(s), podcasts, vlogs, and e-mail. That’s a lot of online networking. The question is, how are you telling people where they can find you and how to connect with you when the get there? I tried putting my most important information on a business card, but once you add a logo, my name, my blog’s name and URL, e-mail, Facebook URL, and Twitter handle, it started to get a little cluttered. I wanted people to find me wherever they’re hanging out, but listing everything on my card wasn’t the ideal solution. Then I found Flavors.me and everything came together — literally.
Flavors.me is fairly new — it launched in February, 2010 — and is a way for anyone, regardless of how comfortable you are with code, to set up a beautiful website. Even if you don’t have the slightest idea what HTML or CSS are, you can make a page that reflects your personality and links to your social networks, blogs, and whatever else you’re working on.
To start, you upload a picture and plug in the links to your social media networks. Although the free option is enough to get you started, if you want more than four links, the full library of fonts and layouts, and real-time stats, you’ll need to pony up the $20 annual fee (so cheap!). Keep in mind that if you want a custom domain (I did), you’ll need the paid version of Flavors. One of the nice things about Flavors is that, even with a free account, you have several simple design options that don’t overwhelm the page with content. Each link is expandable so content is hidden until it’s needed.
Once you have your photo, just upload it; Flavors.me automatically re-sizes it to fit the page. Then you can link your page to your blog(s) (and pull in your RSS feed) or any of your other social networks. It’s so easy you’ll be up and running in less than 20 minutes (and I bet most of that time will spent just playing around with which photo to use). Not only can you link to the social networks I mentioned earlier, but you can connect to etsy, soundcloud, TypePad, WordPress, Blogger, Netflix, and GoodReads as well.
If you check out the Flavors.me directory, you can see the very cool things people are doing with their pages:
I bought my vanity domain (http://MelanieNelson.com) and worked with a local photography shop (KMR Photography in Tulsa; I’ll have more on this in a later post) to get the image for my Flavors page. I’m extremely happy with how it turned out. Now my business card just lists MelanieNelson.com on one side and BloggingBasics101.com on the other; anyone who meets me just has to remember my name to connect. From my Flavors.me page I link to Blogging Basics 101, both my personal and BB101 Facebook accounts, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and even my posts at BlogHer.com. My Flavors.me page is my hub.
I have two pieces of advice for you related to your Flavors presence:
- Use a great photo. Flavors is first and foremost visual. Give your readers something beautiful or interesting to ogle — that image can be brand-related or you-related, whichever fits your goal. It’s worthwhile to work closely with a professional photographer to achieve the look you want. Check out the Flavors.me/directory for inspiration.
- Keep it simple. You don’t need a long bio here. Your Flavors page isn’t meant to take the place of your other blogs, social networks, or online store. It’s meant to be a jumping-off place that houses links to all your other places online. Instead of listing your vitae, just provide an overview of you (one or two sentences will be enough) and link out to the places that are most important to you (or your brand).
Are you using Flavors yet? If so, leave your link in the comments so we can check it out!
Which page from the directory is your favorite? (Confession: I could spend way too long looking at the cool stuff showcased in the directory. It’s a total time-suck for me.)
Sidenote: Last week I read a TechCrunch article about a new site called About.me. It looks to be very similar to Flavors.me. About.me is still in beta, but once it’s rolled out, I’ll take a look and do a comparison of the two services.