I was on the fence about even adding this one to the mix of Social Network examinations that I have been doing but decided to do it anyway when I discovered that I still had a long (but unused) account on the network and figured what the hell. This is “Hot Or Not”…….
So what the hell is “Hot Or Not” anyway. Well, it’s not so much a Social Networking medium like we find Twitter and Facebook and a few others being, but was more of a ranking site. It was loaded with peoples photos and the visitors to the site could rate the person as being hot or not. Very simple right? It was launched sometime in 2000 and I admit this to you with a slightly reddened cheek that even I have a photo up there somewhere. Thinking back on it, I am pretty sure that I first did this to join into the fun because when this was launched there were not a whole lot of sites of this kind to manuever about on. One surely didn’t have Facebook or even MySpace to consume their daily free time that is for sure. To me it was strange fun and while you also seemed to have the option of “Do You Want To Meet This Person”, I never found myself making any new real time or web space friends but this didn’t upset me all that much. A few years ago, I edited my profile to reflect that I was running the PiercingMetal site and was all about the Metal scene and left it be. My hope was that if I was seen as people browsed the user photos and clicked upon, that the worst case scenario would be a free commercial for the brand name. To me it was better than deleting the page and not having it potentially send me a new reader.
The site itself has gone through some considerable changes since I first signed up and also it appears to have new owners and you can learn even more by clicking their Wiki entry below. OK that is all I really have to say about this one so stay tuned for more of these Social Networking opinion posts. I am sure there will be many more as time marches on.