Earlier this year I reviewed a service called KnowEm, a tool used to register your username across 300 different social sites. Now I’ve come across a very similar tool, called Claimtz. In similar fashion, Claimtz will secure your desired username across 300 “highly ranked social media platforms.” This is a technique that has been used for years to help increase ones reach across the web, protect social identities, and to prevent discredit of ones brand.
If you’re someone who has tried to do this manually, you’ll know that it’s no picnic and can take days to accomplish. This is why services like KnowEm and Claimtz have stepped in to alleviate you of this huge task. Claimtz has 4 different premium plans where they will do all of the work for you. If you want to avoid the huge one-time fee of $199 – $399, then you can go with the free Individual plan where you do all of the work yourself.
For the purpose of this review, I’ll be trying out the free plan. Just know that even with a free account, you’ll have to “pay” by tweeting about the service.
From there you’ll have access to 50 social networks which include: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, StumbleUpon, Delicious, Kiva, Multiply, Reddit, Buzly, Xing, Etsy, eHow, The Huffington Post, and more. As you can see, these are all the usual services that most people are familiar with and are sure to already have accounts on.
So as you can see, a free account is probably not even worth your time. On the other hand, if you’re someone who is not a very active social media user, then the free service could really benefit you. Claimtz gives you a link to sign-up for each service and you can go on and fill out the registration form there. The only thing is that you’ll have to keep track of where you are yourself, since it’s basically just a list of social sites – nothing fancy that removes services as you sign up.
Personally, I prefer KnowEm’s setup better, even though their prices are a bit steeper ($99 – $599). Also, their free basic account gives you access to all 300 social sites – you just have to sign up for them yourself.
What are your thoughts on Claimtz? Is it worth the money? Is a free account even worth your time?