Not quite. You can just use your Google account (or accounts) to sign in. You can also use a few other accounts you already have to sign in. It’s pretty painless.
I was thinking the same thing about the other sites. I may have head of Dear Photograph, but I know I haven’t heard of the others. Perhaps it’s because we as KYM users don’t need other sites for our meme fix and documentation, but I really don’t think those sites hold that kind of sway.
- Dear Photograph seems to have a neat concept, but it’s just a tumblr site. A very hipsterish tumblr site.
- Apparently 99% has won this last year, and it seems to be good at what it’s trying to do. It doesn’t seem to be as comprehensive as KYM, but I don’t think that’s its aim.
- Stark: The brainchild of media maven Amy Andrieux (TRACE, MTV.com, THE SOURCE), STARK is a sophisticated digital cultural guide that prides itself on being progressive, edgy and urbane. Seeing the hole in media and across a number of blogs to present content that is culturally rich, bold, raw, honest and worthy of a “real story”, we are committed to creatively pushing the boundaries of global urban culture by embracing those innovative movements and personalities as they become phenomenal. We believe that it is this passion for life and creativity that binds us all.
- And I thought Dear Photograph screamed “Hipster”…
- Speaking of “Hipster” (again,) I don’t know what the inspiration is trying to do as a site. I don’t see a mission or an “About” section.
- Granted, it hasn’t blown up yet. But when it does, it’s going to be huge. I think I’d have to get in on the ground level to know what it’s about.
Of course, I’m biased, but I think KYM is far superior. From the looks of the other candidates, I think that we’re more focused on Internet culture, but we do a good job of covering events that have an effect IRL as long as they have influence on Web Culture as well.
The other sites seem to focus on culture in general. It almost seems like KYM doesn’t belong.