Posted by: hwsmith | April 28, 2011

A New Way to Organize Web Content Daily

On StumbleUpon I across a new online application called Pearltrees, which offers the tools to capture and organize online information. Pearltrees is a visual format that also reflects the storyline behind the topic being discussed. Pearltress is different from bookmarking sites because it creates a visual mapping of the content that can be dragged and dropped into many different visual trees. According to the site’s FAQ, “Pearltrees is a collaborative network that lets users create, enrich and share the world of their interests. In Pearltrees, everyone creates a world and uses parts of others’ worlds to extend it. By doing so, everyone contributes to the overall project: building the first human organization of the Web.” From my understanding, Pearltree is a visual tree made up of individual pearls, where each pearl represents a link to web content that the user wants to save or organize. The web content wished to be saved or organized can be an article, blog/ blog post, Tweet, video or any link that has a URL.

In order to fully understand Pearltree, I had to watch the YouTube video to simplify the application:

As blogger’s we can now add the word “Pearling” to our social media vocabulary. It will be interesting to see how Pearltrees develops and if people find it to be helpful. I also wonder if the term “Pearling” will become catchy like “Tweeting.”

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