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Pealtrees is open!

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Pearltrees alpha has just been released a week ago.

For sure, it is only a first step toward the large community of Web editors I was trying to describe in the last post. It is only a first step, but in my opinion, it is truly a step.

A couple of hundreds users are now building their own Web. It can be a funny, usefull or thoughtfull Web, about the present or about the past. It just looks like those who are building it: their tastes, their values and their striking diversity.

I will often discuss the large living map made of each individual map in the future: both its meaning and the way it may contribute to the Web. However, since pearltrees has just opened, since it is now there, ready to be used, I will first talk about its immediate benefit for you: I mean a pionnering pearltrees user.

There are 3 things you might immediately get in pearltrees:

1- Organize the map of your Web.

By using peartrees’ plugin, you will turn your navigations into content maps. Drawing a map enable you to store and find back much more content than traditional bookmarks, to organize them much quicker (you don’t need to tag them, just to put them in the order you like) and to use them much more intuitively. When you want to know where you are in real life you use rather a map than a list. Your mind work just the same way on-line. That’s the reason why pealrtrees will help you organize your web much more efficiently than bookmarks.

2- Guide your friends and readers through your Web.

By sharing your maps with your friends or your site audience, you will guide them through your Web navigations. Do you want to relate a discussion across blogs, comments and news-sites? Do you want to tell what happened, who answered what to who? Do you want to prepare a trip, to tell where you will go, what you will see, how to buy tickets in order to help a friend to come with you? Do you want to lead someone to a series of funny videos or through breaking news events? You can do all this just by sending a content map and letting people play this map.

3- Let yourself be guided through the Web

By playing the map of other pearltrees’ users, you will browse the Web in an entirely different way : not randomly, not through search engines, but by following a path organized by someone. You will discover the Web as if this someone was guiding you. It will not be the average someone actually, rather someone who know it, someone who has something to tell about it, or just someone who will likes it. By going from guide to guide, from map to map, you will discover an entirely new, humanly edited Web…

… An edited web I can only invite you to contribute to!

Memory and forget

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Both memory and forget  are needed to create. Would we ever replace the old streets by new one, if we knew why someone has previouly built them? saw all lives that crossed them? Aknowledged how many serious or funny or great or tiny stories relate to them?

Memory and forget both fuel the discussion process. One could not build on other’s arguments without a memory of them.  At the same time, discussions would not progress if everyone kept in mind only the mass of past arguments that brought out the new ones.

This is maybe the reason why social medias and the current Web discussion tools are now placing such an emphasys on forget rather than memory. Blogging draw a lot of its value from the way new contents replace older ones. Twitter and friendfeed could be rightly labelled as “forget machines”. The wikis themselves, while aggregating the writings of the past, end up by totaly replacing them.

Due to this emphasis on forget, the Web has become a world of authors with almost no memory. Old contents are often not being deleted, but very few people have the intention and the capabilities to pick them up, give them a meaning or place them into broader picture

If the Web has an immense abilities to forget its own contents, what it needs now is a living memory content organizer.

So much thanks to Barberousse for his help in bringing back this old post to life

Kicking-off the english cratyle

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Here is the english version of the blog I started in fall 2007.

Cratyle.net’s initial purpose was to publish random ideas on the Web evolution and needs. In few month, those random thought became much more focused than I would have guess…

Discussions around social media, user generated content and web “democratization” generated very precise ideas about the need for editing the Web. Those ideas became a social media concep, the concept gathered a small group of highly talented friends, and the friends founded a startup : pearltrees. It is now in private alpha and will open its doors in the coming weeks.

In the english version of this blog, I will certainly deal with pearltrees, its meaning, use and development – after all, pearltrees is a direct consequence of the discussions which took place here (and very specifically there…). I will also try to broaden the discussion on new media which is this blog’s long lasting theme (and eventually try to post a bit more than my usual once a month… c’est promis).

Welcome on a broader Cratyle!