The next generation of social networking: Awesome.me

Awesome.me is a personal promotion website that allows anyone to create his or her own profile showcasing whatever the user wishes, be it singing, dancing, writing, business skills, volunteering and more. Its unique purpose is to “highlight you at your best, and help you position yourself for life-changing opportunities both personally and professionally – we help you land the school, job, team, musical group, or dance troupe of your dreams.” Each profile consists of five general sections through which one can post: Hear, See, About, Read, and Watch. This gives people the opportunity to post in whatever fashion they choose.

 

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Unlike a resume, Awesome.me seeks to create a profile not just focusing on what people have done, but on what they want to do, their hopes, their dreams and their goals. Providing a space for videos, pictures and writing gives people an opportunity to show samples of their work.

However, the website is not championed as a place for individuals to simply post profiles and hope to get recognized, actually, it is quite the opposite. Awesome.me incorporates social media concepts to create what they say is “[A] community of inspiration and aspiration. A community of great people doing great things, and encouraging others to do the same. Whoever you are, whatever you do, your awesome belongs here.”

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By making this website in a community format, users can not only showcase their own talents, but also search and find people with similar interests and goals. It’s a networking website for people searching for these kind of connections.

Awesome.me is also a creative outlet for those who want to express more than what can be written down on paper. Instead of saying you’re in a band, you can show people your performances or songs you have written. This website is more than just an opportunity to archive talents, but a way to connect with people and encourage artistic and intellectual growth.

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The "About Me" section includes links to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking websites— it even allows users to attach a resume. The profiles can be as professional or fun as the users want, giving them “carte blanche” on how they wish to portray themselves. It has similarities to websites such as LinkedIn, but is really unique in its purpose and mission to allow any user to create any type of profile.

Awesome.me is a new website, currently in its Beta form. However, thousands of users have already taken advantage of this site to help launch their careers. The website says, “We didn’t come here to build a cool site. We came here to start a movement. We came here to change the world. Join us. Spread the word. Spread the message. Spread the love.”

School, major and year: A&S, Economics, 2015
HometownRancho Cucamonga, California
What makes the Gavel so BANGin’? We keep it fresh. It’s drippin with swagger and is home to some of the coolest cats on campus. The Gavel is always fun and I’ve met nothing short of amazing people and writers here.
You have 24 hours to give prospective students a tour of BC and convince them to enroll. How do you spend the day? I’d start by getting some coffee and a personalized omelet at Mac. Then we’d go lose our voices at a football game and wear our super awesome Superfan shirts. We would then go see one of the amazing Acapella groups perform. We’d get some Mac N Cheese from the Rat for lunch. We would go see My Mother’s Fleabag for an awesome good time. Then we’d take a break and visit the dorms (i.e. sit in my room and watch Mean Girls…because Mean Girls.). We would then go to a hockey game, then to the Mods, and end the night at Late Night.
If you could go back in time and give yourself a pep talk the night before you moved into BC as a freshman, what is the most important piece of advice that you would give to your former self? Eat your vegetables and take a lot of pictures.
What is your favorite study spot on campus? The Rat
What is your go-to meal at Late Night? That delicious Simply Orange juice the dining halls always have stocked. This and a personal pizza topped with ketchup. Judge all you want, but ketchup on pizza is the best thing to happen since Game of Thrones.
What is the #1 most played song on your iTunes? “I Always Knew” by the Vaccines
What is the best Halloween costume that you have ever worn? I was Minnie Mouse as a kid. Not trying to brag, but I rocked the ears off that costume.
If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would you choose? Del Taco
If you could befriend the main characters from any TV show or movie, who would you choose and why? Easy. Harry Potter. (I’m assuming) I’d get to go to Hogwarts, be a wizard AND be friends with Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It’s a win win, for me anyway. If I can’t be a wizard then i’d be friends with the main characters from This Is The End.

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