Pitch: Simler.com opens new social community focused on similar interests

December 22, 2009

are we Simler?
The Pitch
Simler.com, a new online community built to connect people with common interests, announces the public beta launch of its service (http://simler.com). Unlike other social networks, which essentially see viewers connecting with the same people from site to site, regardless of their personal connections, Simler is focused on finding similar people through similar interests. Upon signing up, a new user “tags himself/herself” with relevant attributes that describe him/her, and Simler uses these “tags” in order to connect people with similar interests.

Discussion in Simler is used to meet and converse with other users. Users can meet other people that share similar tags, for example, soccer players can find other soccer players on a local and network-wide basis. Users can also find those that have the most in common with them by comparing multiple tags they may share in common. The service focuses on meeting like-minded people while making it amazingly simple to talk to them about the things they have in common.

With an eye for design and an emphasis on usability, Simler strives to make interest-based networking a simple endeavor. Finding other users is quick and painless, and then participating in topic related discussions is just as easy.

“Simler is based on the notion our deepest relationships are built on common ground. Sure, it’s fun to talk to your friends. But it’s even more fun to talk about the things that you like,” said Simler’s founder, Ryan Goodwin. “We believe social media should be smarter, allowing you to not only decide who you would like to hear from, but also what you’d like to hear from them.”

Following a short beat period, the most popular tags on Simler include:

. Video Games (http://simler.com/video-games/
. Books to Read (http://simler.com/books-to-read/)
. Felicia Day (http://simler.com/felicia-day/)
. Design (http://simler.com/design/)
. Dexter (http://simler.com/dexter/)

To get started on Simler, head to http://simler.com and add a few tags about your interests. Soon enough, you will be swinging from the trees with similar people who like the same things you do.


My first impressions:
Another startup with a monkey logo: See -> http://socialwayne.com/2009/10/11/startups-and-monkey-logos/ . Seriously though, I like the concept of Simler that it connects people by interests therefore making it easier for  link minded users to have converations.

Will I use it?
Maybe, it does have that “another twitter” appeal to it but it I do see the value of Simler too.

What features do I like?

  • The navigation
  • The sort by tags
  • The comments by tags
  • The tag stats

What features or information would I like to see:
I have not used Simler enough to answer this question.

What does Simler remind me of?

  • Pounce
  • Yahoo meme

If you would like for me to review your product or site please email: pitches at socialwayne dot com .
Disclaimer: I have no investment or relationship with the creators of this site.

Have you used Simler before? If so what are your thoughts about the product?

Wayne Sutton

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Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP.vc. Wayne has over 14 years experience in technology, design and business development. Wayne was recently recognized as one of the Silicon Valley 100 coolest people in tech, one of the 52 hottest new stars in Silicon Valley, one of the 46 Most Important African-Americans In Technology by Business Insider and one of the Top 100 most influential black people on social media in 2014.