About the Author

Lance is an aspiring social artist based in Central Florida. His goal is to be a kickass dude, meet cool people, and generally dominate at life. He enjoys sports, surfing, socializing, reading and writing. You can contact Lance via email here or online here.

Check Out The New Brazen Careerist

In case you didn’t know, Honey and I are both part of the Brazen Careerist network, which we both love. Up until a few weeks ago, Brazen was a blog network on steroids comprised of young professionals between the ages of 20 – 30 (ie Generation Y), but they recently re-launched themselves as a full-on social network and online tool for jobseekers and headhunters. The focus of the revamped Brazen is now around “ideas,” that is, instead of highlighting experience, which recent college graduates likely don’t have, the emphasis is on the ideas and content that the individual users are producing.

The Good: This is a cool idea that is going to appeal to Gen Y’ers who are looking to network with other 20-somethings who love to write and share ideas on the Internet. Don’t have a job or unsatisfied at being a corporate drone at age 25? Brazen is perfect for you because the network is full of folks exactly like that and there is a TON of content being produced around related themes.

The biggest new feature is the Ideas Feed, which is a collection of your comments, links, and blog posts that are connected with the Brazen Network. This is similar in look and operation to a feed on  Facebook, with the content (hopefully) focused on professional thoughts and activities. That way, a potential contact or employer could scan your feed and see exactly what it is you’re all about. That could be a little scary, especially if you’re content is pretty raw like mine (or Honey’s), so it really depends on what your goals are with the network. If you have a job and simply wish to blog and connect with other bloggers via the Brazen network, this could be perfect. If you’re really looking for a job and expect a potential employer to scan your feed, you’d better think about what you’re writing. As you can see from the screenshot of my feed, the word “fuckers” is probably not going to score me a job anytime soon…

lance-ideas-feed

The Bad: With Brazen 1.0, I could be a random user, surf into the site, and get served 5-6 cool posts per day about social media, the corporate experience, and nearly anything else right on the front page. Now, users are required to log in (Facebook Connect is an option) and there’s a bit more work to find content. For starters, you have to be “fans” of people or a member of a group for the content to show up in your Fan Feed. Okay, but how do I know who I want to be a fan of? Yeah, I know what you’re saying, boo-hoo, I have to suck it up and read around, but I seriously miss the old front page of Brazen where some of the best content was in your face immediately. For me, this is a little like going to nytimes.com and NOT being able to scan headlines and articles. Whereas previously I would surf into Brazen on a daily basis to read headlines, now I login maybe twice a week to see what’s going on.

brazen-home

(New Brazen homepage…where’s the content?)

If I had one recommendation for Ryan, Ryan, and Penelope, it would be to throw everything from the Features page right on the homepage of Brazen…or, you can do like I did and bookmark that page so it’s what I visit before even logging in.

Conclusion: Love the idea of centering a social network around ideas, it’s the way it should be. Can’t wait to see more features and improvements as the network grows.

  • http://www.brazencareerist.com/profile/ryan-paugh Ryan Paugh

    Thanks for reviewing the new site Lance!

    I miss the old homepage too sometimes. I think it’s a testament to the fact that old-school periodicals can’t die off. We’ll always need a portal that delivers the content we’re looking for without having to dig too deep.

    Anyway, one thing we’re working on now to help you guys find each other better is to add comprehensive search. Because membership is increasing we have to make it easier to find the people and groups you want to be associated with. Additional, we’re working on a way to invite your friends outside the Community to join the site too.

    Stay tuned. We have some really interesting stuff in the works.

    And please, keep our wheels turning by providing some open feedback in our Community Feedback group:

    http://www.brazencareerist.com/group/brazen-community-feedback

    -RP

  • http://www.relationship-journal.com Mikko Kemppe – Relationship Coach

    Just joined the network! Looks great! Thanks for sharing it!
    .-= Mikko Kemppe – Relationship Coach´s last blog …Polyamory: Is It a Good Idea? =-.

  • http://casualencounters.com/blog/ Janak

    Attractive-looking site, though maybe not for me. Nice review, though.
    .-= Janak´s last blog …Weekly Roundup – Top 10 Casual Sex Links from Around the Web =-.

  • http://www.financialsamurai.com Financial Samurai

    Hey Honey – Just wanted to stop by and thank you for reading my guest post over at Wise Bread. Fascinating site you’ve got here!

    Best,

    Financial Samurai
    .-= Financial Samurai´s last blog …If A Panda Didn’t Look Like A Panda, Would The World Still Care? =-.

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