Miio is the latest in the long line of social networks aiming to usurp Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr by taking their best elements and crashing them together into one place. And, what’s more, it does it pretty successfully.
There are five areas to get involved in: your main dashboard, the public timeline, finding other members, exploring groups and finding content by category.
The dashboard is your timeline which shows your updates, notifications and messages sent you an a clear stream. The key bit here is that on the left hand side there is a module containing links to each of the types of message – this updates in real time and indicates when you have something waiting unread.
As yet, this module doesn’t appear across the site consistently and this would certainly be a welcome addition.
The public timeline allows you to see what others are saying and to get involved in the conversation, the great thing with Miio is that you can set each individual update as public or keep it private in your own network – a neat touch.
Talking of updates, you can share pretty much anything: text, images, videos, links and more, in a very Tumblr-esque fashion. Content in your time line can be filtered according to the type of content you want to see. Nice.
There are very few groups set up at the moment, which is of course to be expected given the greenness of Miio, but it’s interesting that they are perceived as a key area for conversation to develop on the site, and is of course a feature that many Twitter users have been calling for.
Categories group messages by topic type, a great for finding like minded people who share your interests and again this is key. It helps to give users a starting point for conversation entry, a criticism of Twitter is that it can be difficult to fit into existing discussion – not with Miio.
The interface is clean and easy to navigate too which is always a good thing when it comes to young social network upstarts (think of Plurk, then think of the opposite of Plurk and you get Miio).
In all, it seems to be a positive and interesting offering which could ruffle feathers given time. The key will be whether it will attract a large amount of people quick enough to secure a suitable amount of venture capital funding to help the hard working developers grow the service.