Stickam Updates and New Features
Stickam was down today for maintenance and release of new features. Unfortunately, there seems to be small lingering bugs still floating around. Nothing major but for some of us it is a distraction.
User Messaging: You can now send messages to other Stickam users. There are 2 forms of messaging, text and video/audio. Text messaging is pretty straight forward, much like any other system. However, there is an option to send a video/audio message. This is a pretty interesting feature but an obvious one for Stickam since they are a multimedia tool after all. We did notice though that it looks like you can only send video messages to people on your friends list. Otherwise, you can only send text. You can save the video/audio comment to your own gallery, which is a nice touch. Of course, a preview is available before sending.
Set Default Player for Profile Page: Users have always had the ability to customize a Stickam player. But, now they can actually pick the player that they want to display as the default player on their profile. Unfortunately, due to the way the profile pages are coded and floated, only 2 of the players actually look decent on the page (160×400 or 480×210 players).
Personal Tags: There is now the option to add personal tags to your profile. This will give users the ability to tag themselves and allow others to search on these tags.
User List Update Interval: Apparently there were some performance issues with the hosted chats. This new feature gives you the ability to set the update interval for the user list of your chat player. The intervals are 1, 3, 5, or 10 seconds.
Stickam originally launched as if it was positioning itself to be a multimedia tool and widget. These new features, along with the friends list features from a couple of weeks ago, changes things a bit. It now looks like Stickam is building out a social network of their own and heading straight for the likes of MySpace, Friendster, et al. This may not be a bad idea given the lock down of flash on MySpace. But, it definitely will be an up hill climb…
There is a viable play for Stickam. They do have a compelling feature set, though very rough around the edges. In a post on Evoca today, Pete Cashmore commented, “most users prefer visual content to audio”. This is a good sign for Stickam given their video chat system and multimedia capabilities.