Need a good way to quickly reorganize the way content is seen on the web? That is what Pearltrees is trying to do, and it is getting a lot of good press in delivering one of the best representations of this age old idea. The idea of bookmarking pages is really outdated. Shouldn’t there be a better way by now to save, discover and share the stuff you like?
Pearltrees defines itself as a social curation tool. How does it work? Here is what the developers have to say about it:
- Pearl the stuff you like on the Web. A pearl is like a bookmark. It holds anything you find interesting on the Web. Click it to open it, drag and drop it to move it… or put your pearl into the trash to delete it.
- Organize your pearls by moving them to pearltrees. A pearltree is a curation of web pages. It works like a folder for pearls. Unlike social bookmarking, no need to tag and re-tag. You can open it, close it, browse it, move it into an other pearltree or send it anywhere to share some of your interests.
- Discover others’ pearltrees in your areas of interest. First take a look at your connections! If you want to explore more widely you can see the pearltrees most connected to one of your own pearltrees or you can search any topic.
Also this video does a good idea at pitching the basic ideas of pearltrees in a way that we can all understand.
Overall, I am really excited to see what they do with this project and how it moves forward. It might not be the next best thing yet, but it does have a lot of possibilities. You can download Pearltrees for yourself to play with over at the Firefox Add-ons web site.