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A new quick and easy way to promote yourself online.
As if you didn't have enough online profiles to manage already, along come personal pages. But then… maybe the fact that there's almost nothing to manage is what makes them so appealing?
Personal pages, also called personal home pages, are one page websites that are meant to be used as web-based business cards. Like a business card, your personal page typically contains information about how to contact and follow you online or off. Like a business card, your personal page can be used to brand you in as memorable a way as you (or a designer) can imagine.
The two personal page creators that have become popular so far are about.me and flavors.me.
Signup is easy from the homepage: just type in your email address, a password and choose an about.me url (use ‘firstnamelastname') and then click ‘Create Your Profile'.
The second registration page asks for your name and a short bio, before sending you on to the final page in the creation process, where you do the heavy lifting of choosing the content and the design.
I didn't like:
Click ‘Get started' to do just that. After choosing a username which will be your flavors.me url, you're sent to your new page, which is immediately live just like with about.me. Hovering above the page, you'll see the ‘design panel', an accordion of options from which you'll upload your background image, choose a font, add services and more.
I didn't like:
Although both are personal page creators, about.me and flavors.me actually have different goals in mind, and their differences will determine which one you should use.
People who have no blog or other major dedicated web presence won't mind paying the $20 yearly subscription to access all the upgrade-only features of flavors.me. Anyone else can just stick with the (currently) 100% free-to-use about.me as an extra brand-building search engine result.
I originally published this article on the terrific Personal Branding Blog.
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