I’ve been wanting to clean up my personal page on the net and work on my personal brand. I just accepted a new position and it now seemed the perfect time to just do it.
While I enjoy developing, I have come to appreciate the value of my free time. For my new homepage I decided to use one of the new “personal” pages. You know, the ones with your face splashed up on the entire page with a few details about yourself and links to your various online personas. They look good and get the job done. So the million dollar question was which one to use? I’m sure there are more out there but I focused my search between About.Me and Flavors.Me.
About.Me is very easy to use and looks good out of the box. I like how you could edit the page and see it update. All your other persona’s are added under the Apps tab and if they don’t have it you can always add it as a manual link.
About.Me’s real strength is with it’s tags on the front page. For example, when you enter your location, say Atlanta, GA, it shows up on your page as a clickable link. When you click on it, it shows you other people who have listed Atlanta, GA as their location. It does this with your work, education, and just general tags about your specialties or interests. It’s really neat to click around and see other people. Also, it’s a good way to network.
About.Me also has a very good dashboard. You can see who visited you and from where. You can also see what search terms are leading people to your site.
It could use some improvement. First, the dashboard shows total visits, not unique. Not very helpful to me. The page has a large branding bar across the top of the page. Anyone who visits will know that it’s hosted by About.Me. Also, the price to use a custom domain name, which I wanted to use, cost $48 a year. For what About.Me does, $48 seems a little high.
Flavors.Me is much like About.Me in that it does a basic page with some stuff about you like a bio, photo, and links to other online places. One of it’s main strengths is that it is more configurable than About.Me. For example About.Me you can upload a background picture. Flavors.Me you can upload a background picture and adjust if it’s tiled, fullsize, or stretched.
While the dashboard is very similar to About.Me, I like the fact I can use external tracking codes, a la Google Analytics, to keep track of who is visiting the site. I really like the fact that when you visit your personal page there is only a small branding icon in the corner, not a huge banner like About.Me. Also, the price to use my domain name is much more reasonable at $20 a year.
My biggest complaint is that Flavors.Me doesn’t have the tags and ease of browsing other users based on those tags like About.Me.
Why did I choose Flavors.Me?
I liked the ability to customize a little more than About.Me and the fact I can use my own analytics tracking. The fact that I can get almost the same functionality as About.Me for less than half the price really just made the decision for me. I really wish that Flavors.Me had tags and that social functionality like About.Me but in the end most people visiting my page will be people looking specifically for me anyway, so it’s not a huge loss. So visit my new site and let me know what you think!