May 20th, 2010 – These days it’s hard to keep track of all the social networking sites we’re on to promote our music. We might be on Twitter, Tumblr, Blogger or any other of the countless sites out there. However important those sites are, the most important is your own website.
I personally build WordPress sites because I like the flexibility and the power, but sometimes you just want a simple page to aggregate your web presence in one space. That’s what Flavors.me attempts to do, and it succeeds beautifully. What makes it so awesome is that it’s extremely easy to use, and you can pump out a simple and slick site in a few minutes.
There are very few options to switch about, but those limitations force you to think about what message you want to convey with your design, rather than coding. Other than font, colour, background, and a few choices of layout, you’re pretty much on your own. You can only fill in a headline (usually your name) and an about section. In that section, you can add links but that’s pretty much it.
What Flavors.me excels at, however, is bringing in your accounts from other sites. For example, you can integrate your Twitter feed, an RSS feed, posts from your blog, pictures from Flickr, and even merch from Etsy. These all become animated, collapsible elements on your page. They’re super simple to set up, and look great.
If you’re anything like me, you have accounts on dozens of sites across the internet. While Flavors.me doesn’t have support for every site it does hit most of the main ones. If you need to link out further, you can add additional links in the “About” text box. If you want additional formatting, your own domain name, site metrics, and a custom contact box, it costs just $20 a year (domain name registration usually costs $10 a year anyways). If I didn’t already register domain names through another service, the upgrade would be a no-brainer.
It’s hard for me to explain the potential of Flavors.me for artists, but if you’ve had any experience trying to build your own site, and pulling content from other services into a mainpage, you’ll immediately understand why I’m so excited about it. If you’re slightly put off by its simplicity, check out the Flavors.me directory to see examples of the creative ways that people are leveraging the platform. The only thing that worries me is the search engine optimization of the site.
With sites like this one, I’m able to manually code elements that will help me in the search engine rankings, but Flavors.me doesn’t seem to be indexed well yet. If they want people to switch over, the Flavors.me team ought to concentrate on search engine indexing so that its customers rank highly. If I was using Flavors.me for my main site, I’d want to be sure that it would pop up first when I searched my name, especially if I own the domain.
I know it’s easy to get jaded by setting up an account on yet another site, but I really think Flavors.me is onto something here. Give it a shot at the link below.