It’s been a long time since I’ve done a “featured website” blog. I forget exactly how I came upon Cowbird, and even though I don’t think I’ll be joining the site, it does seem pretty interesting.
Basically, this site and others like it may become the next generation of diary sites like LiveJournal, Tumblr, etc. What’s unique about it is that it allows you to document your life in a multimedia format, and it allows collaboration with others so that two (or more) peoples’ stories can become intertwined. What was really interesting to me was that the site will automatically build a cast of “characters” AKA the people in your life who show up a lot in your entries.
And it’s not just an online diary; you can use it to write your own commentary on world or community events, and to network with other like-minded people.
Cowbird differentiates itself from other social media sites by calling itself “deeper” than Facebook and Twitter, which encourage short and to-the-point posts. Cowbird encourages you to delve deeper.
I don’t see myself using the site mainly because I think I’ve pretty much outgrown my “online diary” phase. If I keep a diary, I want it to be private and on paper, somewhere well out of reach of the public eye.
Anyway, for now Cowbird is in invitation only stage, but you can fill out your email address and name and tell a little about yourself in order to request an invite. So if that kind of thing interests you, by all means, sign up!