I admit it. I like the whole social networking tag-until-you-drop thing that’s happening. I like applications that rely on the browser as a platform instead of the operating system. I like not worrying about how I’m going to categorize something, instead thinking “when I want to get this back later what keywords will I use?” It makes sense to me.
But what I’m getting tired of is reading about a new “Web 2.0” company at [TechCrunch](http://www.techcrunch.com) and then going to the site and getting nothing to go on before signing up aside from the company’s good intentions.
Case in point: Today TechCrunch [profiles](http://www.techcrunch.com/2005/11/11/a-profile-of-tagworld/) [TagWorld](http://www.tagworld.com). The description sounds interesting, but the only way I can learn more about the service is to sign up? I don’t think so. Despite evidence to the contrary, I don’t throw away my time or my email address easily. If I’m going to think of a password and let you count me as a member I want to know what I’m getting in to.
Example of the correct way to set up a site: [JotSpot](http://www.jotspot.com). An [introduction tour](http://www.jot.com/tours/intro/1.php), [screen capture videos](http://www.jot.com/video/), [ways to use the program](http://www.jot.com/uses/), [screen shots galore](http://www.jot.com/compare/). Mind you, TagWorld is free and JotSpot isn’t. But giving it away is not an excuse for doing it lazy. [Writely](http://www.writely.com/Default.aspx) is free and they take the effort to [preview](http://www.writely.com/BasePage.aspx?action=tour) what you’d get when you sign up. TagWorld appears to be similar to [MySpace](http://www.myspace.com) which, you guessed it, gives you a [tour](http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/misc/tour_1.html) of the interface before asking you to sign up.