Thursday, December 11, 2008

Introducing Thumbtack : Microsoft Live Labs

Another interesting Live Labs project:

People have always had a need to make sense of the world around them. We want to identify, classify and clarify things. Lately that need has become even greater, since we’re being bombarded with information wherever we look. Now there’s a new tool to help you organize all that information: Thumbtack.

Thumbtack is an easy way to save links, photos, and anything else you find on the Web in a single place.  Compare prices, colors, styles or locations at a glance. Grab the stuff you want from lots of different sites, put it into a Thumbtack collection, then get to it from anywhere you can get online. 

Thumbtack uses machine learning and natural language techniques to understand the information you give it—it automatically extracts addresses, for instance, and the Address Gadget will then automatically plot that address on a map. Other gadgets help you compare items in your collection, or arrange them the way that’s easiest for you to see them.

It’s easy to use. Just start a new collection, add stuff to it, then send it to your friend via e-mail, publish it to the Web or an RSS feed, or embed it in your blog.   Give it a try.

Reminded me of Onfolio (which is apparently dead) and, in some respects, OneNote

Introducing Thumbtack : Microsoft Live Labs

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