<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/0_namesake.jpg”>Where do you go to hold conversations online? Facebook? Let me rephrase the question. Where do you go to hold intellectual conversations online with experts? That’s a bit tougher. There are plenty of places to discuss things with others, especially with all the social networks that are out there, but not all of them really allow you to hold conversations with people you don’t already know.
Twitter does, but messages are in short-hand and generally take a bit of time, although it is extremely mobile. Sites like Quora allow for more in-depth discussions around a large variety of topics, but that can take some time to formulate as well. Where are all the real-time conversations happening? On a site called Namesake, that’s where.
What Is Namesake?
Namesake [No Longer Available] is a community built around real-time conversation. It makes it easy for you to locate people you find interesting, as well as topics like news, events, videos, ideas, best practices, and questions.
Our mission at Namesake is to build trust through conversation. Conversations are one of the most important tools we have as humans to learn, progress, and connect.
Conversations on Namesake are available to everyone in the community by default. This is meant to help connect you with new people around the topics you both find interesting and subjects you have in common. However, you can also opt to hold conversations that are private or invitation-only, which allows only certain community members to participate.
When you sign up, you will have a profile on Namesake, where you can highlight your strengths, what you’re currently working on, and open yourself up to new conversations. Everything you contribute in Namesake will automatically be rolled into your profile, so others can learn more about you through the conversations you’ve already participated in.
Each person in the community can add up to 10 areas of their expertise, listing experts on topic pages and endorsing community members for specific topics. So if you’re looking for a place where you can have an intelligent conversation with someone who is an “expert” in a particular field, you can get that accomplished with Namesake.
Also, by adding expertise, community members can endorse each other to build reputation and trust. This is similar to recommending someone on LinkedIn, if you’re familiar with that professional social network. If community members endorse you and consider you an expert, you are more likely to get invited to relevant conversations.
How Do I Get Started With Namesake?
To get started using Namesake, just head over to the homepage and click Join us. You can connect through Facebook or Twitter to set up an account (every site seems to be doing this these days). If you connect with Facebook (as I have done), a box with pre-populated information will pop-up, allowing you to select your username, password, etc.
On the next page you can add your expertise. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be all set to start having conversations with Namesake!
This service reminds me a lot of Quora, which is a high-quality Q & A site that continues to increase in popularity. Whereas Quora deals primarily with questions and comments, however, Namesake brings something new to the table by focusing more on community and speed in the form of real-time comments. It’s almost like a chat-room for like-minded individuals.
Will you be signing up for Namesake? What makes you want to give it a try?