I read about a website in a San Jose Mercury News story today. Started by an ex-tech-marketing pro, Mamabread gives online visitors an ear and support. From a communication perspective I find this website interesting on two levels. The first is at the emotional level — how many people feel they have nobody to listen to their problems? The second is at the technology level — can people feel fulfilled by a response from a stranger on a website?
As indicated by 10,000 page views in its first month of existence, it appears the answer to the above questions may be ‘Plenty’ and ‘Yes’ for many people. The founder, Michelle Lee, makes a point in the Merc article that people can’t really use social networking sites, like Facebook, to vent. I,too, find the tendency to post only the ‘good stuff’ on networking sites. Who really wants to hear about the bad stuff anyway. Well, of course, Mama does. I will have to give Mamabread a try and see if I feel better.