Friday, August 8, 2008
YouBundle: Bookmarks 2.0?
I spotted the 60 second pitch of start-up YouBundle over on Tech Crunch, and decided to have a look. YouBundle offers an interesting additional layer on social bookmarking. It is designed to make bookmarks more useful by allowing users to bundle links together into a metaphorically mashed up piece of content about a subject.
The idea intrigues me because i collect links on a variety of topics, as well as refer to linked articles selected by others. I really do find it a step up in terms of getting the best insights on a subject. But one of the hassles is that links are like tens or even hundreds of separate sheets of paper on a desk. Without some way to find the best -- without some way to organize the best into subjects, it's difficult to truly make the most of them.
Enter YouBundle, a tool that lets you and of course everyone else group a set of links and package it as a content bundle for use by yourself and others. You don't need to limit yourself to articles; video and audio also work rather well, I am told.
So, for example, I have several hundred links on BT on a bookmark site. With this tool I could sort them into areas (tech, legal issues, privacy, competitors, mobile BT, funding announcements, etc.) and group them into a more useful whole. Now, stuff like my wonky interest in BT is not the real focus here, I don't expect, but it would work even better for mainstream interests.
Here's how their CEO pitched it:
I am intrigued. Haven't got my beta invite yet (I just applied) but it sounds like a nice advancement on something I have increasingly come to rely on.
Head on over to TC and give him an up arrow. It's a good idea.
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