I received an invite this morning to a LinkedIn clone this morning, the main difference being this one is evidently a recent networking site that has yet to build up a sizeable user population.
As ever, there were many options for me to harvest my contacts from a variety of sources like webmail accounts, Outlook and Social Networks, before sending out invites to them to join me on Konnects. Unlike the more established LinkedIn, there were hardly any existing Konnects users amongst my 3,000+ contacts. Of course, I could have sent invites to them but this site had nothing to offer over LinkedIn.
Sure, you could create a blog, but why do that on this site when there are many dedicated sites that exist for that very purpose. Sadly, there was no option to embed an existing blog that I could find.
More irritating was that to be able to view the profile of the person who invited me, I was required to fully set up my profile on the site inc professional details etc. – sorry, couldn’t be bothered. I can understand that the site will improve with more complete profiles on there and hence they have to encourage people to fill out their info, but at this point, the site hasn’t even engaged with me to demonstrate it can offer me value. I found this a frustrating user experience and too high a barrier when first browsing the site.
But just to demonstrate the insecurity of the site, I couldn’t find any way to close my account. Looking in the Help Section showed why
To close your Konnects account please contact us. Please include your full name and company name.
In other words, “we are going to make it hard for you to leave, not to mention create work for ourselves in the process!” Dumb.
Konnects lacks any delight factor, and certainly offers no edge over LinkedIn. From what I’ve seen so far I would recommend to steer clear.
UPDATE : The contact form to close an account doesn’t work!