I recently received the first invitation to join UNYK. Oh my… Yet another social network!? As of today, I am already on a number of networks:
- Plaxo: 711 addresses / 175 connections
- Xing: 310 contacts
- LinkedIn: 219 connections
- Facebook: 165 friends
Additionally, I registered and played around with Spock, Naymz, Blue and a several more, but never committed to use them on a regular on-going basis. On how many different social networks can or should one possibly be? What makes sense? Is this still manageable?
Back to UNYK.
The invitation mentioned something about “Better than Plaxo”, so I decided to at least have a quick look. The main difference between Plaxo/UNYK and all other social networks is that Plaxo/UNYK are address books combined with social networks features, which means you can manage ALL of your addresses/contacts, even if they are not registered on Plaxo/UNYK. So the question would possibly narrow down to “Is UNYK better than Plaxo and why would an existing Plaxo member want to change to UNYK?”
It was hard to find good reviews and comparisons online. A few users expressed their concerns about Plaxo being acquired by ComCast, the omni powerful US cable provider, and were worried about their privacy. UNYK on the other hand is a Canadian private company. Others said they liked the “early Plaxo” better, when it was focusing primarily on being an online address book with great synchronization/backup features. Not everybody seems to like the new “overloaded” (with Connections, Pulse, Calendar, etc.) Plaxo. In fact, I had noticed myself that important sync features, like “LinkedIn <–> Plaxo” were suddenly not available anymore. No wonder, if they begin to eat into LinkedIn’s turf.
From a features point of view of the “core” capabilities (address book and connecting), the two systems are probably comparable. A more extensive comparison would be needed. Right now I don’t have the time to do that.
As of now, I have little motivation (and reason) to migrate my 711 addresses and 175 connections from Plaxo to UNYK, that’s for sure. The switching pain is just too big. The “lock-in” seems to work. On the other side, it is GREAT – and important – to know that there is a serious alternative to Plaxo!
If you are already on UNYK of would like to test it, please feel free to connect with me. Check out my UNIK web profile and invite me using my UNYK ID: 235 YHT. Share your own opinion by posting a short comment.