Scholastic Launches Social Networking Site: YouAreWhatYouRead.com

Scholastic is releasing a new social networking site today, YouAreWhatYouRead.com, that lets people build a profile based on the five books that were most influential in their lives. Like GoodReads and other social networking sites for readers, users can find other people with shared literary interests, or “Bookprints,” as Scholastic calls them. Scholastic books don’t appear to get special billing on YouAreWhatYouRead.com, and nearly every book in print from any publisher is available for users to catalog on their profiles. There is a strong celebrity angle to the site, with visible profiles for more than 130 well-known personalities ranging from Bill Gates to Whoopi Goldberg.

Read rest of article at Publisher’s Weekly.

So here are my thoughts.  Granted, it’s early in the morning and I’m too early into it to see the total benefits, but here are my experiences so far.

They ask you to log in with any of your social networks login information including Twitter, Facebook, ect. or you have a choice to sign in with Scholastic.  I chose Twitter.  Twitter unfortunately have me this teeny tiny picture of my book promotion company, Pump Up Your Book, which is fine I guess but I really wanted a picture of myself up there.  When I went to change my profile picture, it wouldn’t let me because I had already logged in with Twitter.  So I figured since I didn’t provide an email address (they didn’t ask), I could log in again and use the picture I wanted.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find out how I could log in again unless I used another social network or log into Scholastic so I was stuck and I’m not even sure how to do it with my picture now, unless I change my Twitter profile picture which I’m not going to do.

Here’s what they say about that:

Having a profile picture is optional. To add your own profile picture, simply sign-in with your Facebook account. This will pull in your Facebook profile picture, along with your full name, email address, location and age information to You Are What You Read. You can edit your location and age information on You Are What You Read. But to edit your profile picture, your full name and email address, you must do so from Facebook.

If you log-in with your Scholastic.com account, you can still pull in your Facebook photo by choosing to “connect with Facebook” at the very top right corner on any page once you’ve logged-in – just click on “Account” and the option to connect will drop down.

If you don’t want to display your Facebook photo on You Are What You Read, you have the option to choose from one of our pre-designed avatars.

So when you go to log in, make sure it’s from a place that has a picture you want to show unless you use one of their avatars.  All in all though, I thought it was a really neat place.  I could tell the world the five books that influenced me and why.  It was fun.

I also got to see what books influence such people as Whoopi Goldberg, Ellen Degenres, Sarah Jess Parker and lots of other celebrities, authors, friends…

My profile page can be accessed here, but you might have to log in to see it, or at least that’s what it told me when I logged out to change the profile picture.

As far as the advantages, again it’s too early to tell, but it’s fun…what can it hurt?

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