Chime.in: A Twitter and Facebook mix which revenue shares
October 19th, 2011 - 09:25 am ET by J. G.
UberMedia has launched a new social network inspired by Twitter, Facebook and others that offer advertising revenue sharing.
The social network jungle is growing denser every day, with a new challenger now stepping forward. Open to public beta testing on a first come, first served basis, Chime.in has been developed by UberMedia, known for their Twitter Echofon client.
It is hardly surprising that a similar feeling to Twitter can be found in Chime.in with it being possible to follow people. In Chime.in, there is no timeline but rather a Chimeline allowing you to find your previous posts and apply various sorting possibilities to these.
This new social network also appears to be a mix of the existing with a few functions taken from Facebook as well, with it being possible to like a post. There is still no possibility of signalling that you don’t like something though.
When you arrive a little after initial systems have been deployed, you can’t help but be compared with the existent. You can even go so far as to say that parts of Google+ can be found in Chime.in, like the way that a post is published. In these posts you can add links, photos, videos and even polls.
Chime.in – which may not be the services real name – is organised around interest centres. Its benefit, or at least its elements that sets it apart, is in its revenue. In a first for a social network, the user will be paid half of advertising revenue generated by their posts. Users even have the possibility of selling their space to companies, with this paying them the full advertising revenue generated.
This revenue sharing with user sis planned to begin in early 2012. It isn’t seen by all users as a benefit though, with some believing that this will have a negative impact on the quality of published posts.
Brands like Disney and Universal Pictures will participate in the launch of Chime.in by creating pages or presenting the service in future films and television series. It should be noted that API will be published – a crucial element for any social network – as this allows developers to create extensions which should become available in early 2012.
Accessible via the Web, mobile applications (iOS, Android, BlackBerry) for Chime.in are also available.