Talking Tech Friday – Twine

Thanks to Vinny for giving me the idea of today’s topic: Twine!

What is it?

Twine is a social bookmarking services that’s similar to del.icio.us but with some additional social networking features and recommended personal content.

How does it work?

Like most services, you create an account (requiring the usual information).  Your account lets you create your own twines, or subscribe and contribute to those created by others.  Each twine is centered around a particular topic and consists of links, bookmarks, images, videos, etc.  Twine provides a bookmarlet tool you can add to your browser to facilitate adding content, and you can also import bookmarks from your browser or other services.

For example, Vinny created a twine on Video GamingTrends for Libraries, including the links he used for his April presentation as well as the presentation we just did at the State Library Institute this week. If I were also a member of Twine, I could become a member of this twine and contribute content and comment on links.  This would allow us to hold a conversation about this common interest.

Twine automatically organizes your content and suggests tags based on the content of the links you add.  You can add your own tags as well, but I particularly like this feature.  I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I am woefully inconsistent and uncreative when it come to tagging content (as you can see by the pathetic tags attached to this blog).

Another interesting feature of Twine is that as you add content to a twine, it analyzes your topic of interest and will suggest other resources that might be related, whether it be other resources, or related twines that have been created by other people.  These last two features are examples of the semantic web functionality that is really what sets Twine apart from other social bookmarking tools.

Twine provides the usual sharing options, including RSS functionality, so it’s easy to share the content with non-members, as well as invite your friends to join Twine and share your content.

You can also adjust the privacy settings to each twine you create, making it totally private, just sharing it with specific people, or making it completely public.

Possible Library Uses

Aside from personal use, I can really see Twine as being useful for creating pathfinders or research guides on specific topics.  It’s easy to use, and getting suggestions for related information is alway nice.

Any other suggestions?

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~ by Anali on June 5, 2009.

One Response to “Talking Tech Friday – Twine”

  1. “and you can also import bookmarks from your browser or other services.”

    At the moment, Twine doesn’t seem to import bookmarks either from any browser or from any other service. Do you know how to?

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