Wakoopa: Facebook for geeks

April 24, 2009 at 11:40 pm 2 comments

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Have you ever felt that, although Facebook is a great social networking site, it just doesn’t let you express your real inner geek self, trapped by the mainstream tastes and expectations of society? Have you ever longed for a peaceful haven where technological self-expression abounds in plenty and abundance? A whole different world you can beam yourself into and enjoy every imaginable form of technology and awesomeness ever imagined by mankind at the press of a button? Er… we’re gonna have to wait for that last one, but in the meantime you can enjoy Wakoopa, yet another social networking site. But this isn’t just any old run-of-the mill networking site. According to Wikipedia, the ultimate source of mostly-truth, Wakoopa is “a social networking site that monitors the software applications its members use.” In other words… GEEK POWER!!! I’ll try to explain.

Basically the whole point of Wakoopa is to allow Wakoopa-ers (Wakoopers?) Wakoopians (sorry about that!) to discover new programs by seeing what other people use. To let the site know what programs you run, you have to download their tracker program that normally runs in the background all the time (but can be disabled at any time by the user, of course). I was a bit disappointed when I found out that it’s for Windows and Mac only, but at least they’re working on a Linux version. That’s the only real downer, though, because after using it for a few days I’m loving it.

I don’t even know if you could call it a “social networking site”… more like “app networking site” or something, because everything is centered around what software you use. Of course, there’s the basic social stuff like putting in your profile info, commenting on other people’s profiles, and adding contacts, but other than that people are identified by what programs they use.

Wakoopa presents some pretty cool features: it shows what programs you use most in list and pie graph form, it shows what programs in each category are used most by everyone, and it makes a list of people who use the programs you use or similar programs. Oh and by the way, it tracks web apps too, like Google and Wikipedia.

There’s one other notable feature: the leveling system. No geek site is complete without a leveling system. You start out as a Newbie, then you get more points as you use more programs, write reviews, etc. After you get 1 point you become a Novice. 50 points, Enthusiast. And so on until you reach the unltimate geek status: Overlord.

So if you want to show off your superior geekiness and/or see what apps everyone else is using, then you should definitely try Wakoopa. I just wonder where they got that name…

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  • 1. Robert  |  April 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

    The name comes from “where all kinds of original programs appear”… but that’s between you and me šŸ˜‰ Thanks for the write-up!

    Oh and we prefer “Wakoopians”, how’s that?

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  • 2. fipi  |  April 25, 2009 at 1:55 pm

    Sweet, thanks for the comment! Ah, now I understand the name. And sorry about the the misnomer. I just saw that in the top-right corner of the homepage it says “Already a Wakoopian? Log in”. How could I miss that! Correction appreciated, and thanks for helping to make Wakoopa!

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