What’s Your Flavors?

We’ve focused a lot recently on tools that are catered to promoting you or your work. And today, in what will be our last entry in this genre for a while, I want to look at a slick new tool titled Flavors.me.

More in the direction of Magntize, Flavors.me is a simple way to create a one page site that is all about you. And to do so with style.

This type of service now goes beyond simply displaying information about yourself. The focus here is on collecting multiple streams about you into one place. The home page for the service says it all.

An accurate description of the service.

An accurate description of the service.

Out of everything listed here, I think lifecasting fits the best. Many services already offer this type of functionality, but Flavors.me does it with a little more panache.

Customize away!

Customize away!

The Internals

Why do I prefer this service above some others? It starts and stops with customization. A good example would be the service chi.mp. I use chi.mp as an openID provider, but it offers lifecasting type features as well. But despite that fact, I’ve never take much time to set up my profile.

But with Flavors.me, I can make my site look distinctly different from everyone else using the service. When your account is created, you have a few options available. As seen to the right, you can add any background image you like, choose from various fonts for a header, and completely customize the colour scheme.

As well, you can add a blurb about yourself for the About section. Then you can start adding in services that you use (publish to). As the app is currently in beta, the list is short, but it covers the major players like Tumblr and Twitter.

The current selection of services is a good start.

The current selection of services is a good start.

And with these options, this application does a better job than others in allowing the user to create a unique page for their friends and family to view their online activity.

Attractive AND unique.

Attractive AND unique.

Smooth – Like Butter

What impressed me the most with Flavors was the smoothness with which the application includes your services. When first loading the page, you get the About summary with several links. But click on any of these links, and rather than being taken to the external service, the application simply rolls out your latest updates from the service in question.

Impressive performance for an app still in early development.

Impressive performance for an app still in early development.

And there is no choppy lag here — the content simply rolls down the page with no hesitation at all. For a service of this type to gain any traction in this crowded genre of applications, the performance has to be spot on.

Is It Enough?

That’s always the question I ask when looking at a service like this. Will people want to follow their friends with a service like this? Does it give any advantages over the tools we already use: email, Twitter clients, and RSS readers? It’s hard to say, but I think there is a good chance that a service like this will do well with the reasons they list on their home page. Perhaps personal sites will not be the primary usage here, but music artists and independent filmmakers will put the service to good use.

Time will tell.

Flavors.me still has bugs — but it’s an impressive beta overall. But if you can’t decide if this is a service you could actually use, head over to the Flavors user directory. Chances are something there will inspire you …