I just do not get Streamy. In its current form, Streamy is in no way any simpler or easier than having Pownce, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Digg open in different tabs in Firefox…
I’m trying to make the best of it, but I just cannot see one solitary reason for Streamy to exist.
Of the people I know who use Streamy, they can say only good things. So here I sit, wearing my SMO & SMM (Social Media Optimization & Social Media Marketing) hat, trying my damnedest to see how Streamy is going to work for me.
Streamy is a shambles to use and most of my time is spent trying to find things. Nothing is obvious, the layout is a mess and there’s no sense of task-based structure.
When I compare Streamy to the likes of Pownce, Twitter, StumbleUpon and Digg, it’s pretty much a “me too!” affair that solves nothing, adds zero value and gives me nothing that I don’t already have.
So I get a ‘stream’ of my stuff on del.icio.us, Twitter and Pownce. I can do that with Yahoo! Pipes with much more control and run it through Tumblr, creating something massively more useful – and meaningful from a personal narrative point of view – than what Streamy offers.
OK, so Yahoo! Pipes is a little more hands-on, but the power more than makes up for the learning curve.
Quite simply, Subscriptions is a list of the websites you like and wish to see a list of articles for. So essentially, it’s a feed reader. You get the option to import RSS feeds or OPML files directly. But why? Why there’s such a thing as Subscriptions in Streamy is a mystery.
Most people that would consider using Streamy will have some feed reader already. So what we end up with is a decision; do we keep our current workflow, or start using Streamy as a means of reading our feeds? For me, it’s not even a consideration, let alone a choice. I’ll be sticking with Firefox for my feeds.
I’ll keep playing around with Streamy for a while yet, but all Streamy does is make the whole problem of Social Network Fatigue (managing personal profiles) even worse than it already is.
I have friends elsewhere, typically scattered across the other Social Media websites I’m signed up with. So having something like Streamy that has its own friends feature just deepens my frustration.
For the amount of hype that’s surrounded Streamy – and with all the respect in the world – for those that think Streamy is better than Digg, Pownce, StumbleUpon and Twitter, I seriously have to wonder if these people are using those other websites properly.
There is nothing close to original or even remotely utilitarian about Streamy. It is entirely derivative, and if you’re anything like me – often sifting through feeds, emails, messages from friends on various Social Networks – then Streamy is just going to make matters worse.
I know my words must seem quite harsh, but I’m annoyed with Streamy because this is precisely the kind of thing that’s turning people off Social Media and Social Networking…