I have only just found out about Gooruze, it seems only the cool kids get to beta test anything these days ;) Actually I do get to peep at exciting new stuff once in a while, but this one slipped past me.
Gooruze seems to be a misspelling of “Gurus”
Gooruze is a new social network for Online Marketers. You can post articles and news items, there are lots of discussion groups covering specific online marketing verticals.
Even the discussion groups seem to be based around a limited blogging interface.
When you publish articles, it seems as if you or anyone else have the ability to tag your content after it is published, though that doesn’t seem to be true of every blogging interface.
Under your profile you have the ability to add feeds to automatically populate your personal blog on Gooruze, though it has to be claimed by mentioning a URL AndyBeard.gooruze.com
That URL actually redirects to your individual member profile – my Andy Beard profile is a little barren currently, I suppose I should add some content.
The Gooruze team describe the service
The Gooruze difference is dedicated, ranked, quality information. The content is created by members who share real experiences and insights in the form of articles and news. The posts are tagged, rated and commented on by the community to deliver quality articles and information.
So is Gooruze the service you have been waiting for, the site that will suck you in to the extent that you will live there until you meet your maker (other than doing some occasional work) ?
I am not quite sure how being active in a social network really brings you closer to a 4 Hour Work Week.
Even with Sphinn which is much less complicated, just news items and articles, people spend much more than 4 hours per week browsing and voting on stories, and that drives traffic to your blog… potentially.
Gooruze might be too complicated for many, and finding the information and discussion important for your business so far looks a little time consuming.
Power Tip:- I have just tried claiming my Stumbleupon account/blog in Gooruze, lets see if it works.
Update – I now have my blog and Stumbleupon feed being fed to Gooruze, and that in turn is claimed in Technorati, along with my Stumbleupon feed.
Update 2 – I have now written my first article covering Gooruze Landing Pages – I would love to hear what you think (and some votes)
Article publishing on Gooruze is a little mundane currently compared to what you are used to here on the blog. I can’t include inline images to explain a particular point, and a lot of HTML formatting options are not available.
Other areas of the site do include the ability to include inline images, including your profiles, though not all of the editor boxes have the buttons to indicate the possibility.