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Have You Been to Truemors Yet?

What is Truemors?

This is a cool, new, online, information sharing medium, co-founded by Guy Kawasaki, Will Mayall, and Kathryn Henkens. If you like Digg and similar sites, but would like a little less negativity, you’ll probably want to check out Truemors. It’s like a cross between Twitter and Digg, but so far without the nastiness that you see on Digg. They are looking for true rumors or stories that will democratize the spread of information.

Here’s how they describe themselves: “Truemors is a web site that enables you to “tell the worldâ€?—within the bounds of good taste and the law anyway. You can post your rumors, news, and sightings, and anyone with web access can read and rate them within minutes.” They are not looking for “crap” (although they do have a heading for it). The crap they don’t want is defined as “profanity, pornography, bullying, libel, slander, and advertising….(and) gossip.”

The content they are looking for is “true rumors that is relevant, helps you make sense of the world, and also possibly entertains you. Gossip, by contrast, is less urgent, less useful, and almost always deals with people’s private lives.” Gossip is not what they are looking for.

Truemors for Friends (TFF)

This is being tested on Facebook currently if you want to check it out. They are looking for beta testers. It sounds pretty cool. You can share information with just your friends, and only the ones you select. The information on TFF won’t post to which is for “sharing with the world.” TFF is for “sharing with your friends.”

Here’s how to get started with TFF:

  1. Sign-in to your Facebook account.
  2. Go to Truemors for Friends and click on Add Application.

Usefulness Value

You can browse or search for new information in the following categories: Auto, Business, Crap, Entertainment, Food, Gaming , Health, News, Odd, Politics, Science, Sex, Sports, and Tech. The information on this site currently seems to be living up to it’s name. Information here seems to be reliable. The idea is that if it is true, it will get voted on more. And if stories are real “crap,” not the category “Crap,” then anyone can email them to notify them of that it should be reviewed.

You can post your own information that you discover by phone, email, text message, or online form. You don’t have to register to post a truemor. But if you want to register you can and then you’ll be able to add pictures and videos too.

Entertainment Value

There is a high level of entertainment value with this site. You can discover many interesting stories and bits of information to mentally chew on. Here are some examples:

The Final Verdict

Head on over there today! This is a cool place to share information that is true. Since Truemors is so new, as a contributor you have a chance to make a name for yourself with the truemors you post. As a commenter you can share your opinion and leave a link to your website. As a reader, you can pick up some cool new information without the hype and negativity you might see on some other information sharing sites.

Please Share!

What do you think of Truemor? How do you use it? What would you like to see changed on Truemor? All comments big and small are very welcomed!

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15 Responses to Have You Been to Truemors Yet?

  1. mp3 July 28, 2007 at 5:52 am #

    see my views on truemors when it was launched .. and see commment by Guy kawasaki (owner truemors )…

  2. hem July 28, 2007 at 5:55 am #

    see my views on truemors when it was launched .. and see commment by Guy kawasaki (owner truemors )…

  3. Urbanist July 29, 2007 at 7:00 am #

    Sounds pretty neat – I definitely like the idea of a site ‘like Digg’ that isn’t filled with all the negativity (or Reddit for that matter). I’ll check it out, thanks!

  4. Lindsay Lohan July 30, 2007 at 6:13 pm #

    Sounds cool, but there are just so many of these kind of new sites.. I can hardly keep up any more..

  5. Derami August 5, 2007 at 3:52 pm #

    Yes, there are a lot of new sites of this *kind* but in my opinion a lot of them aren’t this well-developed and thought out. Most people think they can just plop down a site and make some cash, but a lot of them pattern themselves too much on existing sites (e.g. Digg). Truemors strikes me, from this articles’ description and my subsequent browswing around, to be something that’s actually quite different and innovative. Anyway, that’s just how I see it 🙂

  6. Richard August 5, 2007 at 4:35 pm #

    It’s a cute idea. It’d be interesting to know what the takeup is like. I remember reading that it went nuts immediately after release – how is the site doing now? How often do you look at it?

  7. steve August 5, 2007 at 8:08 pm #

    Seems like a promising idea, and although there are “many of these kind of new sites”, this one appears to have a positive twist. I like that – positivity…

    The category list isn’t overwhelming, but should be sufficient. Worth looking into, that’s for sure.


  8. RT Cunningham August 5, 2007 at 10:27 pm #

    I have to admit that Truemors is different and not at all like Digg in the mentality of the people using it.

    The category list isn’t overwhelming and each “truemor” doesn’t appear to provoke negativity like the other social networks.

    I think I might be spending some time perusing the site. There’s already a lot of stuff to read!

  9. Stephen August 6, 2007 at 7:51 am #

    I like it, it looks like the next step in the evolution of the “user generated” content wave.
    Great link.

  10. Aaron M. Potts August 6, 2007 at 8:56 am #

    Thanks for the extra info on Truemors! I must admit that I didn’t really understand what it was about until I read this post. Definitely sounds like a fun place to hang out.

    After I post this comment I’ll give this page a Stumble as well to help get the word out.

  11. ilker -=- The Thinking Blog August 6, 2007 at 11:58 am #

    There is certainly potential for the website. Also a lot to learn from Guy and the way he launched the site. Great lessons for branding and marketing!

  12. agentsully August 6, 2007 at 12:37 pm #

    Thanks everyone for commenting. I’m sure Guy Kawasaki will be pleased to get this kind of candid feedback.

  13. Dee August 6, 2007 at 12:41 pm #

    It looks pretty interesting. I’ve been looking for Digg alternatives, found some but didn’t like most of them. This one looks very promising.

  14. David Eaves August 7, 2007 at 3:26 pm #

    Looks awesome, I could certainly do without the negativity, going to get myself signed up now.

  15. calling cards August 10, 2007 at 7:29 pm #

    Great stuff! Looks really promising, I added the facebook app. I’ve heard a lot about truemors, but never really had time to check it out, guess I needed a little push! 🙂

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