Zino

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Zino
Zino-logo.png
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Screenshot of Zino frontpage
Type of site
Social Networking
Available in Greek
Owner Kamibu
Created by Dionysis Zindros, Chris Pappas, and Aleksis Brezas
Slogan(s) Zino: Are you in?
Website Zino.gr
Alexa rank Decrease 5,938,849 (April 2014)[1]
Commercial Yes
Registration Optional
Launched November 29, 2007
Current status Shut down due to no maintenance.

Zino is a Greek social networking website. In 2009, it was ranked one of the top Greek social destinations.[2]

History[edit]

Zino started as a continuation of a news-focused Greek network, chit-chat.gr, which was established in 2005, and eventually replaced it.[3] Three codenames were publicly announced for the launched versions, Reloaded,[4] the first version announced, Phoenix,[5] the version that established it as a social network in Greece, and lastly Revolution, the current version.

Product name Version codename Date launched
Zino Revolution August 11, 2010
Zino Phoenix July 16, 2008
Zino Reloaded November 29, 2007
Chit-Chat Reloaded November 27, 2006
Chit-Chat (unknown) May 30, 2005

Features[edit]

User profiles[edit]

Each user has a user profile in the form of http://username.zino.gr/, where username is a chosen nickname by the user. The user profile lists several user details, among others their gender, age, and other personal information. It also exhibits several user-generated sections of content such as recent journals, polls, answers, photos, and the user's music preferences.[6]

Photo albums[edit]

The users are given the opportunity to upload photos of themselves or other pictures they have taken to their user profile. These pictures are separated into albums, which the user can specify. Zino claims about 140,000 photos.[7]

Friends[edit]

Like in most social networks, users can add people as their friends. Their friends are listed on their user profile accordingly.

Journals[edit]

Each user has a personal collection of articles that they can publish under the user profile. This collection is called "journals", and is publicly available for anyone to read.[8]

Questions and answers[edit]

Each user is asked several personal questions while using the web application, allowing him to provide an answer or skip the question. These answers are then publicly available on the user's profile for other users to see, a feature that allows the owner to reveal numerous details about themselves.

Polls[edit]

Users are provided with the ability to raise a question on their user profile, which other users can then answer. This feature is available through polls, for which the user must specify a question and the possible answers. Commentary is furthermore available on poll pages after their creation.

Criticism[edit]

Greeklish[edit]

Zino has no regulations over the use of Greeklish. This has yielded to the extensive use of Greeklish, making it hard to read for people not familiar with the language. This policy of the website has been heavily criticized. Various campaigns have sprung to support or defend the usage of Greeklish with the website over time.[9]

Data retention[edit]

Another controversy of the website was the inability to delete user accounts,[10] but this feature was later added [11] after the users' request. The inability to remove comments after they have been posted,[12] a feature also long requested by users, still remains a controversy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Zino.gr Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ E-grammi: www.zino.gr, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  3. ^ Zino, the name, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  4. ^ Chit-Chat Reloaded, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  5. ^ Zino Phoenix, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  6. ^ Zinews: No surprise there, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  7. ^ Zino statistics, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  8. ^ Greek Web Watch: Zino.gr, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  9. ^ Είστε υπερ του να γράφουμε ελληνικά στο zino και όχι greeklish?, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  10. ^ Zino terms of service, retrieved 2009-04-25 
  11. ^ Νέοι όροι χρήσης, retrieved 2010-05-27 
  12. ^ Καβάζη, Μαριλένα (2009-04-26), "Μία κυβερνοπαρέα 8,000 εφήβων", Έψιλον, Athens: Χ. Κ. Τεγόπουλος (941), pp. 78–82 

External links[edit]

  • Zino, official website