MiGente offers free access to all of its social networking features. Anyone visiting the site can use MiGente to read news headlines, listen to music and watch posted videos. Though MiGente targets a bilingual audience, the site controls are entirely in English. Only some content is in Spanish, such as news articles and music.
As with other social networking Web sites, the point of joining MiGente is to interact with others. You can customize your home page and participate in forums and chat rooms. When you want to meet people and socialize based on a common interest, you can join or create a group centered on that interest. Each group has its own forum for interacting with the group.
Your MiGente profile includes your photos, videos, blog, friends list and guestbook. When you click "My Page" to view your home page, you can see what your profile looks like to others when they click to view your information from anywhere on the site. You can also post ongoing status messages, a form of micro-blogging, so that other members can follow your current thoughts or activities.
Music at MiGente is contributed by both professionals and by members just wanting to share their art. You can search and browse artists, rate music, comment on artists and you can even become a fan of the artists you like. You can also create your own artist profile to share your music with others visiting MiGente.
MiGente has three focused social networks within its main site. You can access these sites from links in the MiGente menu at the top of every page:
- MiGenteAmore is a dating service.
- MiGenteProfessionals is a professional networking service.
- MiGente Jobs uses services from Monster.com to manage your job search.
MiGente follows the trend of some other social network Web sites offering fun interactive features that help break the ice between members. MiGente has a game for rating other members' photos for "hotness," and a feature for "secretly admiring" other members. You can also add widgets like polls and games to your MiGente home page.
Some social networking sites provide incentives for users to entice them to use the various features on the Web site. MiGente has a points system: You earn points by doing certain things at the site, and you can redeem your points to add more site features. For example, when you complete your initial member profile and upload a photo for it, you earn 325 points. Then, you could redeem 100 of those points for one month of a "Get Noticed" highlight in member searches.
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