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Y! Mash: Yahoo! Tries to Catch Up With Facebook

Mash claims to have a new approach to online profiles

Friday saw the beta launch, to invitees only, of Yahoo!'s latest attempt to catch up Facebook in the social networking stakes. Called "pretty raw" still even by its own project leader, Will Aldrich - ("there are bugs and we haven’t gotten to several of the features it really should have") - Mash claims to have a new approach to online profiles.

"We just started inviting our friends outside Yahoo! to join us in testing Mash," blogs Aldrich.

"If you’ve used other online profiles before you’ll feel at home in Mash," he continues, "But there are some new twists that make things a little interesting and, we think, a lot of fun."

He lists those twists as follows:

  1. You can make starter profiles for your friends. Think: “first round’s on me.”
  2. You can leave your profile open to contributions by trusted friends.
  3. You can customize your — or your friend’s — profile with modules from a growing gallery of apps.

"Of course, there are extensive privacy controls in Mash and you set the boundaries that you’re comfortable with," Aldrich adds.

The site also gives you the option to undo each change made to your profile.

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