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Posted by Tom Foremski - November 16, 2009 Patrice Lamothe is the CEO of PearlTrees, an unique social bookmarking service that uses the visual metaphor of "pearls" with each containing a web page. And like all visual metaphors it is best to see it rather than read a description. Here is a quick video and a sample image: "PearlTrees is a way for people to map the Internet by collecting related web pages. Although each tree is organized subjectively it becomes connected to other trees, and over time it will represent a human map of the Internet," says Mr Lamothe. He says that social bookmarking, through services such as Delicious, has failed. Social bookmarking has failed, he says, because tagging links is not a good way to organize the web. The company has several thousand users in France and will formally announce the service in the US around February. Mr Lamothe says that a high percentage of users are women, and many users aren't geeks. Revenue could come from several sources. Related:  docs à voir

ZDNet Meet Pearltrees: Bookmarks with a social 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.

Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing By Jeremiah Owyang, from Silicon Valley In many respects, Silicon Valley sits atop the world. Its growth and influence has made it the globe’s top location for innovation, STEM jobs, IT patents, venture capital funding, and Internet and software growth, and Unicorn startups galore. And yet there’s also been a shift in the Valley’s culture. One could argue that there’s an emergence of signs that strikingly resemble Detroit in the glory days of the age of transportation. In Detroit’s case, where I visited earlier this week, the Motor City reveled in its dominance in the 1950s, but growing social unrest soon culminated in a massive riot in the late 1960s. Here are four threats, aside from natural disaster, or whole scale physical attack for Silicon Valley today, along with a futuristic probing of their possible conclusions in the coming decades: Threat Two: Lack of Economic Diversity Means FragilityOne industry in a single city is a risk.

Mashable 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.

Q&A: Patrice Lamothe of Pearltrees on personal organisation of t Believe me when I say you've never used a web application quite like pearltrees. With this application, you can literally map your personal web. Take all of the bookmarks scattered across your web browser, assign them a category and you've got a pearltree. It's a new way of seeing the web. Pearltrees was the darling of the 2009 LeWeb conference, which included a keynote and product demonstration by pearltrees CEO Patrice Lamothe (no relation). I met Patrice while in Paris at the LeWeb conference. Web entrepreneurs create products or applications that they feel fills a hole in the web experience. Pearltrees let you manipulate Web content to create something different: a personal organization of those contents. Why would you do this? Eventually, you want to use other's human organization of the Web to discover new contents you are interested in or just to let yourself be guided through a human curated Web. We want to create a new type of activity on the Web and to make it mainstream.

Pearltrees Offers A Different View On Bookmarking. | Small Busin A few weeks ago, I met Patrice Lamothe who showed me his newest product, called Pearltrees which I found had a pretty interesting and different interface. Just what is Pearltrees? According to the company’s website, it lets you organize the web in a way that you want. Once you start, you’re going to be able to discover some new things that you may not have been aware of. If you imagined there being a social bookmarking tool that followed the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” methodology, then Pearltrees is probably the closest thing to it. To accomplish this, Pearltrees allows you to first have Pearls and Pearltrees. As you can see in this image, the interface of Pearltrees is somewhat unique. What makes Pearltrees even more remarkable, beyond its non-conforming design, is that it focuses on the content, NOT the people you know. Pearltrees is currently free to use and open to anyone who wants to set up their own account. Here’s a demo video from Pearltrees explaining how it works: Google+

Pearltrees (addon), créez le monde de vos intérêts Web : la fin des moteurs de recherche? : LesInrocks.com Le web 2.0 a fait naître un paradoxe : la multiplication des contenus en ligne n’a pas entraîné la démocratisation de l’accès à ces informations. Au contraire, face au trillion de pages web disponibles, le système Page Rank de Google, c’est un peu l’éclairage à la bougie. Si les agrégateurs de type Del.icio.us, les systèmes de flux et les réseaux sociaux présentent à différents niveaux des alternatives enthousiasmantes, les visions futuristes de la recherche et de l’organisation de l’information sur la toile semblent s’organiser autour d’un paradigme d’apparence simple : l’homme ou la machine ? Les algorithmes complexes du web sémantique constituent un premier élément de réponse. Twine en est l’exemple le plus probant, fournissant à ses utilisateurs une information sur mesure établie d’après une analyse de leurs recherches personnelles. Mais si ce web automatisé est excitant, la nécessaire récolte d’informations sur l’internaute par un système centralisé peut apparaître gênante.

FastCompany 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. The question is: Who can build their network the fastest? [Mashable via Infosethics]

Pearltrees: A Unique Way to Discover & Organize « Zorap Creates Traveling Geeks Virtual Geek Pad for France Blogging Tour | Main | Orange Highlights at LeWeb #leweb » December 07, 2009 Pearltrees: A Unique Way to Discover & Organize on the Web Pearltrees CEO Patrice Lamothe meets us at the door of their offices on rue de charonne in a funky, artsy area of Paris that houses other early stage companies and ad agencies, not unlike San Francisco's SOMA in many ways. Coffee waiting? You betcha and hot chocolate too. He's not an unknown personality in Silicon Valley so some of us had heard of, tried, tested and demoed Pearltrees before. "Building an organization on the web touches on how you organize your stuff in the real world. Pause....a nearby church bell rings on the half hour. Pearltrees allows you to get in touch with others who share mutual interests around the way you 'organize yourself on the web.' Visually it looks a bit like the brain......not unlike a mind map, but that's not the point of the app, which is all done in flex btw.

Foresight Publishing» Blog Archive » Why Pearltrees glistens lik Early last year I was chatting to Le Laissez Faire, my go-to-guy for all things networked, about his vision for the web. He painted an alluring mental picture of a way to better track and store my web browsing, using network theory. A more visually appealing version of del.ici.ous is the simplest way to describe it. Sadly his entrepreneurial vision was held back by an energy sapping corporate restructure, and a heavy load of volunteer work already taking up his night hours. But as with all ideas, there are no monopolies, and late last year along came Pearltrees, turning LeLaissezFaire’s vision into reality. Pearltrees is a new way to organise and store the content you consume online. But Pearltrees goes beyond bookmarking to incorporate some interesting social elements and integration with other social media sites, including Twitter. Some of the most valuable tools offered by Pearltrees allow you to: Tag content as you browse, to be stored in a dropzone for later categorisation

Pearltrees launches Twitter sync and reveals its social system [France] Paris-based Pearltrees has been catching interest around the web the last few days not least because a gaggle influential Silicon Valley bloggers have descended on Paris for Le Web, but mainly because of its interesting model for visually mapping how people collect and share information on the Web. But today the startup opens the kimono on its full system. They will announce two new things today: Twitter synchronization (enabling a user to create a pearl automatically from Twitter and to tweet automatically from their new Pearltrees), Pearltrees search, Real time discussion and connection. The other new aspect announced today on stage at Le Web is the Pearltrees Social System. But to explain first, here’s a new video they just released: Pearltrees is effectively visual social bookmarking and therefore has the potential to be more widely used than perhaps the traditional alternatives. You can track what you have looked at and watch what your friends are tracking.

Le Web09 dans les starting-blocks Comment renaît la musique sur le Web? Que va devenir la vidéo en ligne? Que signifie l’essor des émotions sur le Net? Toutes ces questions vont être débattues lors de la grande messe du Web09, organisée mercredi et jeudi aux portes de Paris par Loïc et Géraldine Le Meur. Le thème de la conférence de cette année? «Nous allons décortiquer toutes les utilisations» de ces réseaux, tant par les particuliers que les entreprises, en évaluant «les opportunités» mais aussi les «menaces» qu'ils représentent, a expliqué Loïc Le Meur. Pour cogiter autour de tout cela, quelque 2.000 participants (entreprises, blogueurs, développeurs, journalistes web, etc.), venus de 35 pays, et des intervenants d’envergure comme Jack Dorsey, l'inventeur de Twitter, Chad Hurley, le patron de YouTube, et Marissa Mayer, vice-présidente en charge de la recherche chez Google. >> Une conférence à suivre sur 20minutes.fr les 9 et 10 décembre, avec notamment un Rewind fait en vidéo et en direct du Web09 Alice Antheaume

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