PearlTrees - A Way To Curate Your Web. Posted by Tom Foremski - March 5, 2010 I first met Patrice Lamothe, co-founder of PearlTrees in November and became fascinated with the PearlTrees service because of the many ways it can be used, and because it is an example of a media technology that is closely integrated into the way people are using the web.
Since then, I've played around with PearlTrees and I can see lots of interesting uses for this technology, and its potential in creating a giant, curated web, one which goes beyond simple search, and beyond social tagging as in Delicious. And I'm excited now to be working with PearlTrees, as an advisor, in helping this startup grow to the next level. I'm very fortunate to that I can work with companies that interest me anyway, rather than having to work with companies that don't. [Full Disclosure: This is part of my media/business strategy consulting services that help finance my journalism on SVW. I expect different communities to use PearlTrees in different ways. Loic Le Meur: - G... Uploaded Image from Loic Le Meur. Seesmic has been acquired by HootSuite and as of March 2013, the Seesmic website is no longer supported. But HootSuite welcomes all Seesmic users into our nest! Here’s how you can start using HootSuite today.
Making the transition to HootSuite: Getting started is easy. Just click the button below or learn more about HootSuite here . What this means to Seesmic users: Like Seesmic, HootSuite offers a suite of social media management tools for business, with even more options for SMB and enterprise customers. Meet Pearltrees: Bookmarks with a social twist. A French Web site, called Pearltrees, is developing a Web service that is trying to bring a social networking element to bookmarking - but with the connections based on content instead of people.
Think Facebook and Twitter mixed with one Amazon's recommendation system. You don't add friends in Pearltrees. Instead, you add links. As you come across something on the Internet that interests you, something that you might have otherwise bookmarked or tweet, you put it in your personal pearltree - which is really like a "main folder," that contain the links themselves, called "pearls. " Here's the trick: if there are others on Pearltree who have also posted that same URL into one of their own pearltrees, you are now connected and can see their other links. The service, which is free, is still in alpha mode and has limited functionality and exposure. For now, it's a bit buggy but the concept is pretty solid. Pearltrees Visualizes How You Organize the Web. This post is part of Mashable's Spark of Genius series, which highlights a unique feature of startups.
If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. The series is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark. Name: Pearltrees Quick Pitch: Pearltrees is a new visual way to organize content on the Web and connecting people's interests. Genius Idea: How do you organize the web on the browser? Signing up for Pearltrees is simple, but getting used to the interface and all of its features is not as easy.
Now for the organization part: you can create complex systems of pearls, known as pearltrees. Clicking on a pearl gives you a range of options that go beyond visiting your favorite website. Pearltrees takes a time investment to make it useful. Spark of Genius Series Sponsored by Microsoft BizSpark Entrepreneurs can take advantage of the Azure Services platform for their website hosting and storage needs. PearlTrees: Visually Organize and Share Web Bookmarks - informat. Pearltrees [pearltrees.com] is a new online visualization tool that allows users to organize their favorite content found on the Web as a network graph, which then reveals the connections between the interests of people.
Or, in other words, Pearltrees is a somehow alternative visual version of the social bookmarking concepts that drive delicio.us, or a "collaborative network" that let users create, organize and share the world of their interests. However, in contrast to a tag-based system, Pearltrees connects people by the real content that is shared. Users can save their favorite websites, organize what they find interesting, and explore what others have saved and are saying about specific web destinations. PearlTrees: Swing Between Related Content Like Tarzan.
Social bookmarking sites such as StumbleUpon or Delicio.us are great for finding interesting, quirky content.
But the hunt is on for something better. One example: The just-launched PearlTrees, which allows you to lump and organize your links into network graphs. The best bit is that when you create a node in your network (a "pearl"), you can see who else has bookmarked that same link--and see what they've tagged as related content. A short video explains: You might have noticed that startups like these are reaching a fever pitch--In recent weeks we've seen this Twitter visualization tool and Nebul.us, which does much of the same work as PearlTrees, with a more robust (albeit complex) visualization system.
The logic seems hard to fight: Think about how easy it is to get lost in all the content flying around on Digg or Stumble Upon.