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Vox is great, no more crap

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My first 'review' of Vox was titled, "Vox: It's great! It's crap!", which wasn't really a review of Vox as much as an meta review of the Vox beta program, which had these odd Starter-level stalker accounts that you had to wait through. Well, SixApart started pumping out the full-level invites soon thereafter and now my Vox neighborhood is looking a lot more like my LiveJournal neighborhood; this has given much more opportunity to truly sample Vox.

I like it a lot. The Flickr, YouTube, and Amazon integration surpass what I have tried to achieve with a various MovableType plugins over time, and, as this integration is builtin, no troubles about thirdparty developer abandonment of plugins. The Vox-style gives photos, video, and products equal footing with your blog entries, which elevates it to the level of a media-management system, rather than just the blog-management system that MovableType and LiveJournal are -- I don't have a TypePad account to compare. I see it as a more multimedia-aware LiveJournal, and it also should inherit another useful trait of LiveJournal: no spam. Spam continues to be the bane of the MovableType platform, though hopefully MT 3.3 will offer more protection on this front.

MovableType remains the platform of choice if you need a customizable publishing platform. I have a great deal of control over page layout, site layout, and content that isn't possible with Vox or LJ, but neither of those latter sites is supposed to compete: they are meant to be effective through simplicity, and that they are.

I have three Vox full invites for anyone that wishes to try.

co.mments.com: lots of love for SixApart

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Assaf of co.mments.com has to be the most responsive developer I've ever dealt with. Awhile back I posted about liking co.mments.com, but wishing it supported MovableType 2.x blogs. Assaf stopped by saying he would have MT 2.x covered shortly, and did. This made co.mments.com useful for 99% of the blogs I visited, until SixApart launched Vox. Unsurprisingly, co.mments.com didn't work with the brand new service, but I e-mailed Assaf, and now he's implemented support for both Vox and LiveJournal. So whether I'm commenting on MovableType, Vox, LiveJournal, or Blogger, co.mments.com is letting me follow the conversation. That's great for me -- maybe not great for you ;).

Vox: It's great! It's crap!

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davextreme has posted his early review of the Vox service, and seeing as I got my invite from him I thought I should follow with a review of my own. I agree with what davextreme says -- Vox looks great, has great features, but I won't say more because I can't actually use them yet as I'm still stuck in a "Starter level" account. So, instead I'll talk about how "starter level" accounts + a brand new service is a crack-smoking way to run a beta.

A "Starter level" account only lets you leave comments and add friends. Vox doesn't have many users with full accounts and most of them are prominent bloggers and SixApart employees. Put the two together and you get a beta experience that consists of adding a bunch of SixApart employees to your neighborhood and watching them have a conversation about their family tree -- you can comment if you like. As a beta user, it just feels creepy.

If Vox wanted to impress me, it would have to demonstrate that it is as capable as LiveJournal in building and supporting communities. The only impression right now is that it's a great tool for being a wallflower in the SixApart corporate community. Wait to give out "starter level" accounts when people can at least lurk in their own communities.

Vox (thanks davextreme)

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davextreme passed along one of his invites to Vox for me to try out. I've been curious to try out Vox, which would appear to be SixApart's mind-meld of LiveJournal's community features with TypePad aesthetics. I was a bit confused when I first logged in as apparently I'm only "starter level" right now, which means that I can't actually blog. I searched page after page fruitlessly for a link to post a new blog entry until I figured this little tidbit out, but now that I get it I guess I'll let the account gather some Vox-karma so that I can really test it out.

Note to Vox team: the notion that www.vox.com/home is my 'home' and not kwc.vox.com seems counter-intuitive, especially when your "Hi kwc" link takes me to http://kwc.vox.com/profile/