Sunday, May 23, 2010

Review: YourSphere, Spheres

With a name like YourSphere, it makes sense that you would find individual "spheres" within the social network. Similar to groups in other social networks, spheres are broad categories (Gaming, Performing Arts, Photography) with smaller spheres within each larger sphere that are created by users.

I logged in as myself to check out the spheres, and found out that as an adult, I wasn't able to join or create any spheres. The spheres are strictly for those 18 and under.  I was able to look at the information in the spheres, and found pictures, videos and many comments.

I asked the boys if they had visited any spheres, and they hadn't.  Nate and I took a few minutes to look at the spheres and he chose to view the Performing Arts Sphere.  He found some of the pictures interesting, but said he didn't really "get" what they were.  We noticed a video that offered some explanation, so he clicked on that and watched the explanation video. 

The video did a nice job of explaining spheres, and he looked at the sphere for a couple minutes after the video ended. Then he said, "Hmmmm.  But what I prefer to do is play games."  He spent about 15 minutes playing some of the games available on the site before heading outdoors. 

So far, I'm finding that my boys are not interested in the anonymity of an online social network.  They definitely enjoy playing computer games, and are happy with the choices available.  They are not so interested in anything else the site  has to offer so far.  Colin did ask some of his friends at his enrichment program if they knew about the site, but none had. I told him I'd share the info with the moms I knew to see if kids he knew might join.

*Disclosure: I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.*

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