Ryze

Unbound Spiral: Ryze Changes

May 27, 2003 04:08 PM

I've been meaning to write an update on RYZE for sometime.  It featured earlier this year in may pages here and the RYZE homepage has just gone though another iteration.  I had hoped for so much more.  I still believe RYZE has a real opportunity, however, once you lose people or their interest it becomes hard to get them back. 

Dina Mehta  sums up on some of RYZE's latest changes and pulls from a repository of research we orginally did in one of the forums.  She says:

"I had issues with the earlier one too .. but this one's no better. I don't like the look-feel for one, its messy and uninviting. The content gives me mixed signals too! I like the FOAF addition...

It's a good summary and a welcome reminder to come back and summarize my experience todate.  Like Dina I dropped my gold membership and so did a number of buddies at the same time. In fact today was my first visit back in almost three weeks.  That's suggest a problem with the format.  Frankly adding birthdays isn't going to make it more compelling.  Then maybe the audience has changed.

It is a nice reminder to check back with my friends there and write a more detailed follow-up



Comments (4)

"Then maybe the audience has changed" ... maybe it has ... it has grown organically ... just wish some stats were available on members .. might give us a clearer picture of whats really going on there.

I'm not sure what Ryze is anymore ... though i must admit, for a while i was quite addicted to it .. and i have met some really wonderful people through the network.

Do we need to ping Ryze admin with these posts and learnings we uncovered from the informal survey ?

I just feel sad that such potential is wasted.

Posted by: Dina at May 28, 2003 9:26 AM

I never really got Ryze, though I have to admit I was intrigued. Invited by another member I first posted basic info. Then added photo and more detail about me and my history. Today I had breakfast with a Ryze member who I networked with a few months back. He said he was giving it a year -- now on month 7 or something. I guess the beauty is that you may connect with people in geographies or industries you might not normally. We asssessed that is what like online dating for business networkers. But like anything. Garbage in. Garbage out. What you put into it. I'll agree with you and Dina, the format is weak. And the discussions bombard me with individual emails forcing me to go back and read something that perhaps wasn't interesting. Why don't they improve this minimally. I mean I get 15 emails throughout the day. When a summary once a day would be nice. Just a pet peave. Have you tried LinkedIn? I joined Joi's network and this looks promising...

Posted by: Allan Karl at June 3, 2003 11:11 AM

I agree that Ryze's potential and its reality are separated by a wide chasm. However, if you're getting too many email notifications for each new Network post (15 a day), then just edit Networks on your homepage and unclick New Message Notifications. Then just look at a particular Network’s homepage when you have time and are in the mood.

Posted by: RM at June 3, 2003 1:55 PM

I am really curious, what you were hoping to discover on Ryze... or a service like it. What is THE perfect?


Posted by: danny at June 4, 2003 6:02 PM