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Project Comet (Renamed Vox) Begins User Testing Tomorrow!

John T. Unger May 31, 2006

When Six Apart said that Project Comet was top secret, they really meant it! I had no idea that Comet/Vox would be launching a public beta this week. I just requested an invite so I can let you know more about it after trying it out. In the mean time, there's info and screen grabs over at TechCrunch.

Vox will be a completely separate product from TypePad aimed at users who want a simple blog, now, fast, cheap. From what I can see at TechCrunch, it sort of looks like MySpace with better design control and easier function.

The main features appear to be:

  • Vox will be a free service supported by ads (making it a great place for new bloggers to get started).
  • Really nice WYSIWYG editor for posts (including text justify buttons!) The platform is entirely design wizard based, with no html access at all, which makes it extremely user-friendly but also limited in terms of design.
  • Integration with Flickr, YouTube and Amazon make it easy to post audio, video, book info, etc.
  • Privacy settings on a post by post basis.
  • Enhanced social networking features

I won't go on at any length until I can take it for a spin, but I am kind of excited to try it out. Here's an image of the compose window, taken from TechCrunch:

Vox compose window screen grab

There's more images here and here.

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