There are thousands of social networking sites around the Web, all hoping to get a piece of the Twitter/Facebook/Myspace pie. Most are blatant ripoffs of one of the big three, of course. Others are, well, different. QMPeople.com is one of those different ones. You can be the judge of whether that’s a good thing or not.
QMPeople is a social network similar to Twitter or a Facebook Wall, but with a sort of dating/hookup twist. The first thing you’ll notice when visiting the site is its cartoony feel with a lot of yellow and orange. The hand-drawn, cartoons of disproportionate women enhance this quality.
Embedded throughout the site are Google ads and (for some reason) blog-like “tags” of keywords. When going through the site, these make a little more sense as you start to realize that the site has two main functions: finding friends to link up with and tweeting (for lack of a better term) with those friends.
Just don’t accidentally click on any of the thickly-embedded Google Ads by accident.
The site is free to use and has a large number of users from all over the world, with most being in the UK or Asia. The site began in 2004 and publicly launched in 2008 and is based in the UK. It is relatively easy to use and allows photo, video, and other embeds along with the chatting aspects. Chatting is the best way to interact with others and is basically a Twitter stream done live.
In the end, most of the people using QMPeople appear to be using it as a combination dating site and social network for talking about the things most social networking mavens talk about: celebrities, pets, and food.