A new consumer-focused social networking offering from Yahoo will soon be launched in beta, according to information on the Yahoo website.
Called Yahoo 360°, the new service will include a wide range of offerings including blogs and photo sharing. The most interesting aspect of the offering looks to be the way in which all the elements are tightly integrated into a broad social network service where you will be able to easily share and exchange information, chats, files, etc, with family and friends.
I would imagine that Yahoo 360° will directly compete with MSN Spaces, the social networking/blogging service launched by Microsoft last December.
The only thing I can see with Yahoo’s offering which is a problem is the name: specifically, the ‘degrees’ part (that’s what the little symbol is next to the number). I had to hunt around to type it in this post as it’s not on a standard keyboard – it’s Alt-0176 on Windows keyboard, if you want to know – so I wonder how long it will be before it gets known simply as ‘Yahoo 360.’