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  • May 22, 2009
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I was invited and joined a few days ago.

If you are into social networks this is a new twist to the original thing.

But that is my first "but": I am on a few social networks and somehow never really got friends with them - facebook, twitter, perhaps I just do not know enough people at the beginning or perhaps as a German I am somehow on the wrong continent, or perhaps I am not - any longer! :-) or :-( - spending so much time in front of a computer, but somehow I feel quickly bored or somehow cannot find reasonable uses. Well, that's me. Two expections, btw: Flickr, the photo sharing community, but I got disillusioned by some of the ways Flickr dealt with its customers some time ago - and Librarything, a library social network, which is cool if you own books and want to catalogue them and get into a social network in the process. Librarything so far is the only social network site I regularly use and visit, and even there once all your books are registered I tend to feel a bit lost at times.

As social networks go, Lunch does have a few interesting new ideas, though: "At Lunch, you can contribute facts and opinions about almost everything. Based on your contributions, Lunch connects you to a similarity network of people who share your opinions and ideas." (from the Wiki text). This is something appealing to your creative energies and interests: if you like writing reviews (as I sometimes do on books at amazon or librarything or on politics in my very erratic blogs) this is a very useful place to put them and make them read and recognized and at the same time you personalize the social network site you are engaged in as Lunch adapts what it presents to you to your reviews (and ratings) among other things.

And of course it works the other way round, as well: if you look for reviews on almost anything that interests you, in the end you might find them on, along with the people who wrote them and share your interests and possibly more. seems to be trying to blend with other social network sites or make blending easier (like e.g. posting your reviews to your facebook account). This is a reasonable approach, as well, as ending up with all those different browser windows (twitter, facebook, myspace .......) tends to become a bit tedious and time-consuming.

Another "but": is only at its beginning, as a far as I can see the membership base it quite small, yet (or am I wrong?). And it is mainly an American membership - while I have always loved contacts with Americans, all these people are geographically really very very far away from me (pity!) and the selection of's topics is very US-centered at the moment, as well - I don't know 90% of the breakfast cereals, energy bars, table waters, TV celebrities and such being talked about here; and as for TV shows if I know them at all I am a few season's behind usually. This would not be a problem worth talking about if it would not make calculating my similarities to other users and thus finding contacts and networks a bit more difficult.

To sum it up: could become one of the better and more interesting social network places I have encountered yet - and yet I am not quite sure about its value for me and whether I am the social networking guy after all. Perhaps I am simply too old and ancientand that is a very depressing thought, isn't it? Anyway, is definitely worth checking it out for yourself. Do it!

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May 28, 2009
Very nice review......your points are well taken. I'm not into high tech or make-up as maybe some are, but when I scout around on Lunch, I'm always pleasantly surprised at what I DO find......excellent movie reviews, book reviews and so on. Good luck with your time on lunch.
May 25, 2009
Nice review, Christian!  Like a couple others have said, Lunch is a social media site that isn't so much about networking as it is about sharing opinions, and in the process of doing so, perhaps connecting with like-minded people along the way. 

I'm actually not a huge fan of social networking sites like Facebook or Myspace either.  I've got accounts on them just for the sake of keeping in touch with people, but I'm not very active on them otherwise.  The sites that I am most active on are the ones where I can share something or voice my opinion, be it through reviews (Lunch & Yelp), videos (YouTube), or photos (flickr). 

I actually think that Lunch is a lot like flickr in that you can share your work with a wide audience, comment on people's work, and if you fancy someone's work, you can follow/add as a contact.  Only instead of publishing photos, you publish your opinion.

You're right in saying that Lunch is very young.  In fact, Lunch only launched three weeks ago, and with the way things are going (I've been on the site for a few months and have seen all the positive changes), I'm confident that it'll be a lot more hip and happening in the future!

Anyways, you're a good writer, Christian, and this is a great review, so I hope that you'll give Lunch a chance! :)
May 23, 2009
Thanks for the compliment.
May 23, 2009
Very good review! I am not into these social networking sights, either. You won't find me on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc. I am really enjoying Luch, however. I think it will be a really great place to get information, especially if you want to know about other people's opinions & experiences. Based on your review, I'm sure there is a lot that you can contribute to this site.
May 22, 2009
You raise some very valid points. Most of the people here are a couple of decades younger than I am and they write about things of very little interest to me such as local restaurants, make-up, and hi tech devices. However I expect it to open up into other areas as it grows. One of the most disappointing things to me is that many reviewers ignore common curtesy and fail to pay visits to your site when you leave comments on their reviews. That's very rude. They should pay at least one curtesy call.
May 22, 2009
Although hi tech devices ARE interesting, aren't they ? :-) Thanks for commenting - btw your protrait photo is very nice,  I like the colors / tone.
May 23, 2009
Have you changed your picture Scotty? You're going to turn into the Count if you aren't careful. He changes his every couple of weeks now.
May 24, 2009
Yeah he's the master of the I-need-a new-photo school of thought.
May 22, 2009
Hey Christian. Great summary of what Lunch is and what we hope to become. You are very right about a couple of things... first, we don't want to be a social network. We want to be so much more than that. Social networks have become mostly a communication utility... a way to keep in touch with people you know in the real world. Lunch wants to be the place where you share thoughts/ideas/opinions about things that you are passionate about, and by doing so, you will meet other passionate people and be introduced to the content they care about. Some of these people might be your friends in the real world, but odds are, probably not. Secondly... you are right... we are VERY young. We only launched a few weeks ago, so what you see now is only the beginning. For Lunch to be successful we need passionate people to buy into what what Lunch can become... and it's our job provide them the best place to share their ideas and opinions. It's really encouraging for me to see someone like yourself really "get it" and that kind stuff keeps us all working over here. I hope you stick around and keep helping us grow!
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I am 46 years old, a doctor for children and adolescents with a special interest in homoeopathy and naturopathic medicine. Currently I live in Deggendorf, Germany (oh, I am German). In my spare time I … more
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Lunch is a social sharing network fueled by your curiosity. It's a community where you create and discover genuinely useful information with people who share your interests. Lunch is based on the idea that you'll have the most meaningful exchanges with people who get your sense of humor, taste in books, love of snowboarding or penchant for Pac-Man.

At Lunch, you can contribute facts and opinions about almost everything. Based on your contributions, Lunch connects you to a similarity network of people who share your opinions and ideas. Through them, you can discover a mystery novel you've never heard of, a great local animal hospital, or the best place to buy folding bikes. You get personalized content in the best way -- through the right people.

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