Twine: Color Me Skeptical

I had a brief look at the newly launched Twine site last night, the much-ballyhooed new search-semantic-web3 thingie launched by the folks at Radar Networks. I was earnestly trying to figure out what the heck it was good for — collaborate, semantic, tagging, sharing, data, etc. — and I never did quite figure it out.

As near as I can tell, now that I’ve now read TechCrunch’s coverage and elsewhere, it’s a smarter web-based information organizer. While the idea of searching stuff that people declare important sounds fine, I’m not sure I buy it. It certainly seems like it violates my “people are lazy” dictum, asking me to adopt a new tool and become more organized about my information collections, mostly so that I can one day benefit from better organization.

Feel free to convince me otherwise, because it’s possible that with a missed flight and ATC delays this morning I’m just being particularly curmudgeonly.


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  2. Waiting to test Twine but my take so far is the same and also in the nasty “knocking them before I’ve even seen ’em dept”…..Twine is promising to organize me perfectly as soon as I sign up and enter all the blog and RSS and website and personal stuff they need from me. This is Web 3.0?
    How about an application that asks me to answer the following ONE question:
    Do you want me to organize all your stuff, make it available all to you in easy formats, and make it available to others as you see fit?
    [yes] [no]
    That’s Web 3.0, and I’m looking forward to it.

  3. I don’t see the big deal with Twine. The “semantic web” only really works when all information sources have semantic hooks and can share data evenly, if it’s only Twine that works like that then it’s just another timesink for people to keep up to date.
    So many companies now launch and their sole purpose is to “aggregate your stuff from elsewhere into one location” but I don’t see that as an entire company. We just launched a new version of 9rules a few weeks back, and one of our many features was to pull in a user’s Flickr pictures, songs, Delicious links, Twitter posts, and blog entries, all with no configuration besides needing a username. We’re not highlighting it as the end-all-be-all social solution, it’s just one feature on our site. That’s what I’ve never understood, features like that are only features, not entire companies. You don’t build a company around a feature, you release a feature as a subset of what your company is really about.

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