Steve Anderson (MGP2006 alum) of the Center for Information Awareness (http://www.coanews.org ) in Canada has been testing a new non-profit video-sharing social-networking site started by Free Speech TV in Boulder, Colo. He writes:
"Hi all, I just wanted to let everyone know that FreeSpeechTV has launched a non-profit myspace style online community. See it here: http://community.freespeech.org "This is important since it provides a non-commercial alternative to Fox/Myspace, google, yahoo etc... The corporate social networking communities for the most part invade your privacy, and slam ads in your face at every turn. I've transfered my main blog to the FSTV platform, and I've suggested to students and everyone else who uses one of the corporate platforms, make the switch.
"On the FreeSpeech TV community members can do most of the things one can do on Myspace; post videos, post blogs, upload pictures, join and create groups, create networks of buddies (called friends on myspace.com). One interesting feature is that once logged in, users automatically see their buddies recent content. This is a great tool for keeping up to date on your favorite bloggers, or just to keep tabs on what your buddies are up to. FreeSpeech TV is also launching a V-Log platform where selected V-logs (citizen video reports) will be broadcast on the FSTV Television station; a satellite and public access TV station reaching 25 million homes."
"The site needs more functionality, but in the past few weeks I've already seen progress in adding new features. There is the possibility that in the future, websites will be able to link into this community and offer their audience the same features/login. This is something COA News and FSTV are working on right now. The site use Drupal software."