GlobalGrind.com: Niche audience start pages?
Despite being around for a few years, personalized start pages are now the hotness. There’s the classic of this space My Yahoo! Internet big dogs such as Google, AOL and Netscape also offer them. There are even a few kicky upstarts in the game such as Pageflakes, NetVibes, Favoor, and yourminis.com.
But most of these start pages are geared towards a generalized audience with topics like sports, local news and weather. What if your interests are more specific? More urban, perhaps?
That’s (presumably) the rationale behind GlobalGrind.com, which is a lot like every other personalized start page on the planet. Global Grind, currently in an invite-only alpha phase, offers aggregated RSS feeds from around the web. Most of its featured content, however, targets a young(-ish), mostly black American, hip-hop-centric audience. <pure speculation> After an initial poking around, I suspect Global Grind will soon add a community component, where users will have the ability to share and possibly comment on each other’s start pages. </pure speculation>
I won’t veer off into a review, especially since I’ve spent an entire 15 minutes or so with the product. But I think Global Grind could be the first of an interesting wave: personalized start pages that target a specific audience, and promote community. Methinks there’s enormous potential here.
Thoughts? Please share in the comments.
I have 7 more Global Grind invites to share. If you want one drop a line. For some reason the 7 invites I had left have disappeared. Not sure what’s up with that, but will send when/if I get some more.