That’s what happened. Famed actress and singer Miley Cyrus was tweeting about Pheed (a new Los Angeles-based social network started by China-based internet entrepreneur O.D. Kobo) she joined, so this blogger followed the link from one of her tweets.
I just opened my Pheed channel, check it out pheed.com/MileyCyrus1
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) October 15, 2012
and joined Pheed.
Pheed is best described as a social network with a central timeline – which reads like any other social network. But that’s a Felix Baumgartner 128-sky-high view of Pheed. A closer look reveals a set of icon-link that’s confusing to look at, at first, then makes total sense after you try making your own pheed (which is really a kind of feed).
And on the way toward making your own pheed, you can check out the pheeds of others. Like this video featuring Pheed “Director Of Culture” Tony Deniro filming and Aubrey O’Day and a friend, bouncing to a tune:
Pheed Is Fun After You Get Used To It
The bottom line is a social network really has its own culture. Facebook is kind of the every-person’s place to be. Young or old, celeb or not, Facebook’s design and ease of use is the key reason it’s added so many users, it’s up to 1 billion, today. Google+ is annoying to this blogger, because it seems to have been designed in a way that can only be called ‘anti-social,” and of-course, anti-minority.
By contrast, Pheed’s not trying to tell you who’s more tech than the other. Much of the content’s geared toward entertainment, with musicians making pheeds, and celebrities having lunch at The Ivy in Hollywood.
In that way, Pheed is very much like MySpace: its has the people who entertain you as its members.
That’s part of a deliberate strategy to focus on singing up celebrities in and around LA. That’s how this blogger saw Miley Cyrus’ Twitter Tweet, and then the rest is history.
But will Pheed last?
I happened to think Pheed’s going to be, at best, a mid-level social network – that it’s able to catch Facebook is but a dream now. But that said, it will be as large as MySpace, and that’s saying something.