Giving Fachak the check out
Content aggregation is something of a webby passion of mine, so I was excited to check out Fachak for louisgray.com. The result is titled Content Sharing Platform Fachak Launches In Alpha, But Is Raw. Here’s a clip:
Fachak is trying to differentiate itself by being a place where you can aggregate and share your content from places like YouTube, but is also a UGC platform where you can upload and share your media with a particular emphasis on PowerPoint and other “documents.” So I’m not sure if Fachak is trying to be a consumer-facing entertainment and social media platform, a B2B collaboration suite of sorts, or something in between. Also it must be noted that much of what Fachak is working toward has already been perfected (or very nearly so) by FriendFeed, in my opinion.
Fachak, at present, is really rough, and really early. There’s simply a lot of little things that need to be tweaked, improved, or revised. For example, three little stars appear underneath videos, giving the indication that you can vote for the content. The expectation is that if you click a star as a logged in user, you should be able to submit your own vote. Instead, you’re brought to the content drilldown page. When you relocate the stars on the drilldown page, the voting mechanism is again a little bit clunky. No matter which of the stars you hover over, the text “Rate 3 to Fachak It” appears. And when you final select one of the three, your vote is collected, but you’re not informed of how your input affected the overall ranking of the content.