Why I Like the New DisFriends

8 Oct

I will confess I wasn’t sure I’d sign up for an account at the re-launched DisFriends. My account at the old site had fallen into disuse long before the place became apparently over-run by trolls.

But now I gotta say, I’m pretty much grooving on the new place. Some of it is no doubt honeymoon…I’m a geek, so I kinda like setting up the new profile page, re-friending all the old contacts, and such. But I’m also impressed by a number of the new features, which are no doubt made possible by the migration to the Ning platform. There are huge advantages to leveraging existing technology!

I particularly enjoy the fact that I can pull an RSS feed into my profile page, thus syndicating this same content into the DisFriends site. Now, if the old DisFriends had offered this feature I probably wouldn’t have used it, since the site permitted users under 18 (I seem to recall 13 being the minimum age), and sometimes Broke Hoedown goes a bit off color. And yeah, I know that kids lie to gain access to web sites…but at least the social rules have been clearly stated.

There’s a lot you can do to customize your profile page, too. I haven’t mucked around with the CSS or anything, but it’s fairly simple to upload a new header image and change your color scheme.

I’m also loving the multimedia features. Users have uploaded a lot of Disney audio, which can be streamed (but not downloaded), and the mix of tracks on the site is far more interesting and diverse than any one user could put together. I am really enjoying the mixes this guy puts together.

And yeah, there’s that whole cheesy birthdays feature….but it does seem to be popular on FaceBook, so why not?

So hey, if you’re a Disney freak and don’t mind the whole social networking craze, you could do worse than to give DisFriends a look. You can friend me if you want, or check out the Those Darn Cats Podcast group.

2 Responses to “Why I Like the New DisFriends”

  1. Marlowe October 8, 2008 at 9:00 pm #

    Wow! It’s amazing how you do get around. And it’s also amazing the number of web sites and friends that collect around Disney. I’m happy I have added your RSS feed to my email.

  2. Amy October 9, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

    I’ve really been enjoying DisFriends. I like the format and how easy it is to share photos, videos, etc. I

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