Exploring the 'Net and Star Trek with Pearltrees

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Over the past few days, you may have noticed that we've embedded a new tool known as Pearltrees in certain articles on TG Daily.

For example, we added a "pearltree" in a post about WikiLeaks and accident-prone Japanese nuclear facilities, and another in an article describing the enigmatic Anonymous and their nemesis Backtrace Security.

As you can see, Pearltrees embeds a significant amount of supplemental information related to a post in a way that is easy to navigate, while giving you a chance to preview content before you even click a link.

There's a lot more to Pearltrees, though. During a recent interview, the company told us they are engaged in building an expanding a comprehensive "social curation" community.

What does this mean for you?

Well, you can "team-up" with people who share your interests to curate a topic, thereby providing improved context, more depth and high-quality information.

 To give you an idea of how the tool works, check out this cool "pearltree" about the Star Trek universe.

Star Trek

"Obviously, it would be pretty difficult to find all of this content in any reasonable amount of time using Google or another search tool," Pearltrees rep Oliver Starr told TG Daily.

"From my perspective, the advantage of using something like Pearltrees is that it harnesses the power of people - and particularly domain experts on any topic - to do the searching for you. The result is a pretty amazing resource on any subject that people have curated collaboratively."

So, how to get started?

To collaborate on a topic, simply click the "team-up" button in an embedded pearltree, like the Star Trek one above. 

If you aren't already registered you'll need to sign up but this take less than 60 seconds - after being prompted to install an add-on browser extension.

Then, just click the blue puzzle piece and the owner of the pearltree will get a team-up request. By teaming up, you'll be able to add additional links to the embedded pearltrees. You'll also have the ability to reorganize any pearltree in a better way if you think it can be improved.



Since this is a new feature we're testing out in certain articles, we hope you'll give it a try and then give us your feedback too.