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Vox is another blogging service from Six Apart, but it focuses on multimedia and social-networking features. It's a great service if you want to keep in touch with a like-minded community, or if you simply want to correspond with a group of friends.
When you set up a blog on Vox, you have your pick of hundreds of designs. Many themes complement specific interests, such as cycling, music, and travel. Some focus on cities (such as Las Vegas, New York, and Kiev), while others are associated with seasons and holidays. There are several layout options, but unlike with Blogger and TypePad, you can't completely overhaul the design and layout. Also, Vox doesn't allow you to publish to your own server; you're stuck with the yoursitename.vox.com naming scheme.
When you create a new post, you'll see buttons for inserting photos, audio, books, and videos. If you click on Videos, for example, Vox will let you upload a new video from your Mac or embed one from iFilm or YouTube. There's also an Amazon.com tab that lets you search for a film and insert its poster art along with a link to the DVD.
As for images, you can upload your own, search for a stock image at iStockphoto.com, or have Vox pull pictures from Flickr or Photobucket. Vox embeds these items in your post, allowing you to specify their size and alignment.
Of course, there may be times when you don't want the entire world to see one of your photos or videos – say, when it's a snapshot of you at a party, and you appear less than sober in it. This is where Vox's community tools come in handy. You can assign people as contacts (or 'Neighbors' in Vox's parlance), friends, family, or all of the above.
Then you can designate posts as accessible only for friends, family, or neighbors. Also, since Vox's front page gives you a view of your neighbourhood – posts and media uploads from all your contacts – Vox is an easy way to keep tabs on friends or other users with whom you share interests.