Ecademy V4: Explaining the WOW Factor

It is a Smart, Intuitive Easy-To-Use platform that quite frankly has set the mark for successfully combining the best attributes of “Social” elements with business “Networking” essentials.

My take on Ecademy’s new Version 4 Platform

Earlier today I had posted on Facebook, the above referenced comment regarding my initial impression of the just launched Version 4 (V4) platform by Ecademy.

Being the host of the PI Window on Business Show on Blog Talk Radio I have always liked the real-time exchange of ideas and thoughts afforded one through the various social networks.  For those who might be interested, the three primary networks within which I spend the most time, and in no particular order are, LinkedIN, Ecademy and Facebook.  (Note: The reputation network I call home for the BTR Guest Resource Group is Inquisix.  It is an invitation only group for past, present and future guests of the show, as well as other Blog Talk Radio hosts.)

Rather than write a review, I thought that it would be more beneficial to share with you my actual exchange with a Facebook connection regarding the virtues of V4.  At the conclusion of the dialogue recap, I will make the same recommendation  to you that I gave JF . . . try it.

JF: So is it a lot like LinkendIn? What do u like about it? Always curious about new stuff out there.

Jon Hansen: Even though I am a writer, I fear that words alone will not prove sufficient . . . what is the old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words?

Beyond a simple aesthetical change, and despite the panoply of functionality, you can seamlessly access everything you need from a single page. The intuitive design demonstrates that they have somehow tapped into the way that people would naturally navigate through the various elements of a social network site.

From posting a blog to creating a marketplace listing or poll, the best analogy that comes to mind is that Ecademy’s V4 is similar to making the transition from the CP/M-based Perfect Suite to the truly integrated MS Office Suite.

For those of you who may not remember CP/M or the Perfect Suite, this early version of integrating word processing, spreadsheet and data base applications was somewhat cumbersome to use as each module was written by a different software developer.  This meant that the integration between the different applications represented what at best was a superficial link that was comparable to translating one language text to another.  In other words, attempting to integrate or share files between the modules within the framework of the suite was more work than just re-entering the data manually.

Even without having as a reference point the CP/M Suite, we all realize that MS Office delivers the ubiquitous integration standard in terms of functionality and ease of use.

While LinkedIn, as well as the majority of other platforms have similar functionality (re creating polls etc.), there is a segmented building block feel to them that is not present in the logically easy flowing maneuverability of Ecademy V4.

Once again, and taking into account that everyone’s response will be for the most part subjective, I think than when you actually see it you will understand . . .

By the way, if you are not yet a member of Ecademy here is the link to the Network’s Main Page.  Check it out.

You can also access my July 22nd, 2009 interview with Thomas Power through the on-demand player below.

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