Winkio claims that the site was designed to get the “world’s pulse.” This sounds like an enormous task, but Winkio makes it easier through social networking-esque functionality. Users can join up and provide information about themselves. The details go beyond a name, gender and location. Users are invited to offer up their current feelings, events in their lives and other personal details. Through their accounts, users can even provide information on issues they feel are important or causes they support. Winkio is not just an application for connecting with others. It gives users a new way to provide information on a more intimate level.
Winkio was founded in May of 2010, so it is a relatively new application that is still growing its popularity. In the brief time it has been available online, Winkio has remained focused on its goals to capture it’s users thoughts and feelings through basic questions. Each user can update their account and add to the value of the Winkio website.
It is easy to dismiss Winkio as just another social networking website. However, the site is something a little deeper than that. Users can share information, just as they can on Facebook or MySpace, however Winkio delves into issues and feelings rather than straight, basic details. Users can share how they are feeling or things that are on their mind. Through these updates, other users can provide advice, assistance, or even support and companionship by linking with others who feel just as they do.
The Winkio website is sparse, but in a way that is welcoming. Users are not assaulted with flashy graphics or numerous advertisements. Instead, the simple black and green Winkio logo is presented alongside matching links. The four navigation tools located at the top of the page, which include feelings, doings, concerns, and social news, make it extremely easy to navigate the site. A new visitor can quickly and easily adapt to the layout of Winkio and dive right into social interactions and offerings of the community.
A new visitor has two options for Winkio registration. The first is to link their Twitter or Facebook account and sign up using their existing profile. The second is to go the traditional route and click the orange “Sign up for free!” link at the top right hand corner of the homepage. This directs the visitor to the clean registration form. Winkio keeps registration simple by asking for a username, valid email address, password, country, and optional city. After entering the verification code, the user can click the white “sign up” button to be directed to the account dashboard. Although the new user can access their account, a highlighted message advises that a verification email has been sent with a link that must be clicked to finalize the process.
Winkio is still in the Beta stage and is very young in terms of social networking websites. All users can create an account at no cost to them. No further details are provided to indicate this will change in the future. In reality, a social networking website such as Winkio would do better to avoid charging for membership. The more users that sign up for the site, the greater its value will be.
Everyone has a friend or two (or may even be that ‘friend’ themselves) who loves social networking. Winkio presents an interesting opportunity for users to try out a new approach to social networking. Winkio allows users to share their thoughts and feelings to connect. Fans of MySpace, FaceBook, and Twitter will really appreciate the features found on Winkio and may even decide to add a Winkio account to their list of existing social networking profiles.