Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pearltrees - Visual Content Curating

There is a lot of discussion on blogs and twitter about the benefits of Content Curation. This is one very good way of dealing with the overload of information that the internet has become. To some extent we started this process with sites like Delicious, Digg, Reddit and StumbleUpon. There has been a shift occurring lately with developments in the Semantic Web and fuzzy search algorithms.

The end result is a number of Apps that allow you to collect, curate, make connections and then share sites, blogs, articles or websites around similar ideas or concepts. One of these is Pearltrees. I like this concept because it such a visual interface that it allows the viewer to see the physical links between ideas. In a way it is similar to the way that an App like Wikinodes deals with searches in Wikipedia.

Both teachers and students are able to decide, collect and share only that information that they deem to be relevant to their particular area of study or inquiry. Pearltrees is a place to organize, discover and share what you like on the web. Their unique visual interface lets you keep everything you like at hand so you can organize it your way. Collect web pages and turn them into pearls. Organize your pearls into pearltrees based on your interests. Enrich your account with pearltrees from other community members. Share all of this and start to cultivate your interests with Pearltrees.


If you would like to see one in action check out the one curated by Judy O'Connell @heyjudeonline - find it here - . While you are at it check out her blog Learning in an Online World at

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