If you took a big long nap – à la Rip Van Winkle – for the last decade or so and thus managed to miss much of what happened on the Internet during that time, you probably missed the rapid rise of the social networking phenomenon. Early on this included sites like Friendster, which gave way to MySpace, which had its 15 minutes of fame before being eclipsed in popularity by the seemingly ubiquitous Facebook. And, of course, let’s not forget Twitter. Or Steepster.
What’s Steepster, you ask? Quite simply, as its tagline reminds us, it is “a tea community.” If you need a little more detail than that, consider their encapsulated tale of how the site came to be, “Three dudes in New York City built this site as a way of keeping track of the teas they were drinking. Since then, it’s turned into one of the liveliest tea communities on the Web.”
Sounds good, but exactly what is Steepster? Well, as the site tells us, there are Six Reasons to Love Steepster in all. First and most notably, it offers users an online space to share tasting notes and observations on the teas they’ve consumed. Currently there are almost 16,000 teas mentioned at the site from a total of more than 2,000 companies (who knew?).
By following other users or just browsing around the site you can access the tasting notes on these teas and “quickly browse, filter and sort through a constantly-growing collection of teas, ratings and reviews.” And with more than 53,000 tasting notes currently posted at the site, one can hardly complain of a dearth of information. If anything, like so much of the Internet, the problem just might be that there’s too much information.
Also of note are the Steepster Discussions. This is apparently just another word for forum, bulletin board or whatever you like to call these things. Discussions seems to be rather active, as these things go, rivaling other such tea forums as Adagio’s popular TeaChat.
If Steepster sounds like it’s worth a look then head on over there and nose around a bit. It won’t cost you anything but your time, since, as is the case with most social networking sites, membership is free.
Make sure to stop by William’s blog, Tea Guy Speaks!