If you’re like most of us here at SAI Digital, you have several online profiles scattered around the Web. There’s your Facebook page for sharing with family and friends, your Twitter feed for having conversations with a larger circle, LinkedIn for work-related networking, Tumblr, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, YouTube… the list can seem endless.
So if you want to tell people where to find you online, what do you do?
This is where About.Me comes in. Launched in December 2010, the startup gives users a way to create colorful, personalized splash pages that pull in activity from their various social profiles, all at an easy to remember URL. The service has proven popular with everyone from bloggers to job hunters, and got an early vote of confidence from AOL, which acquired About.Me just days after it launched.
This video from About.Me explains a little more:
Here’s how it works. You sign up for an about.me account and connect it to your online activity. Right now, you can add connections to Twitter, Facebook profile, Facebook page, LinkedIn, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Posterous, Flickr, Typepad, Foursquare, Formspring, YouTube, Vimeo, Last.fm, Daily Booth, Instagram, Behance, Fitbit and Github. Plus, you can add links to other sites online, such as your personal website or the website for your business.
You can also write a small block of text to give visitors an introduction to who you are and what you’re about. For example, on my About.Me page, I talk about my skills in web and print design, while our graphic designer JF Steele is more short and sweet with his introduction (which includes the fact that he’s a fan of cheese; as far as I know, he’s not talking about campy TV). A new college grad may want to use this space as something of a cover letter for prospective employers. There are several great fonts you can use to really give it a personalized look.
Finally, you’ll choose an image to use as a background for your page. You can use one of several great pre-loaded designs, or you can upload your own.
The result is an attractive, personal page that cuts the clutter of your online persona and makes it easy for people to learn more about you. Your About.Me dashboard will provide stats about visitors to your page.
Here are some examples of great About.Me pages. You can find more in the online directory.