Linda Ikeji needs no introduction in the blogging industry. When you talk about blogging in Africa, you are simply talking Linda Ikeji. She has done well for herself and by so doing, has encouraged and changed the lives of so many. Having come this far, it is expected of her to take her game to a new level, after all, Linda has never hidden her admiration for media moguls like Tyler Perry, Oprah Winfrey, etc. It is therefore no surprise when she decided to lunch lindaikejisocial (LIS).
Now, what I found surprising is the level of unpreparedness in all of these! After a critical review of the new social media platform, here are the reasons why I would not encourage anyone to sign up with LIS.
The site is annoyingly slow!
02:08.16 That is the average time it takes for the home page to be displayed on LIS. 2 minutes and 8 seconds. Within this period, I was able to log on to facebook four times, youtube five times, Nairaland eight times. The most annoying part is that most of the times the site is inaccessible. Abraham Lincoln said that if you have eight hours to cut down a tree, spend six hours sharpening your ax. While Linda said it yesterday that she has been making some noise about LIS lately, it is clear that the level of preparation put into it is nothing to write home about. This is because she and her team did not anticipate the level of traffics that would hit the server.
Linda revealed that she contacted a web developer to start work on the development of LIS after having a meeting with two women. Well, it is a known fact that Linda unlike Mark Zuckerberg or Seun Osewa is not an IT professional. Why then would anyone want to trust her with sensitive information? The level of agreement entered into with the web developer is unknown. In event that there is a breach in contractual terms, users will surfer. A denial of service can occur at anytime. The developer can even hijack the site from her.
Except you are a celebrity, I dont see how you will be able to amass 50000 followers on this platform. Why would 50k people follow you when you are not a celeb? Nigerian celebs are too comfortable on there high horses either to want to delve into the followership business of LIS. If you dont have 50k followers, you dont get a bite of the advertisement money. This is just a way of Linda saying sorry, I cant share my money with you.
1k per post
This is Linda saying Though I cant share my bread with you, you can still get the crumbs! Except you you want to do it because you have been doing it for free, I dont see how 1k can spur someone into writing lengthy posts and endangering his/her life by taking the pictures of armed police men taking bribes on the road. These is just a marketing strategy where it is announced world over that you can make money on LIS yet you cant find someone who has done such.
While Linda said it was born out of the need to bring Lindaikejisblog and facebook together on one platform, LIS has no new features that make her a substitute for facebook. While it is possible to make calls on facebook, it isnt on LIS.
Having said all these, LIS is just getting started and we can only hope it gets better. In the word of 9ice, “…the most incredible out of Naija” Thats what i call LIS. Long live LIS!!!