The Web is all about sharing links, sharing information. It’s typical on any given day to view dozens of websites and share just as many news articles or gossip or music with family and friends on Facebook, Twitter or via email.
What’s also typical, is a lack of search dedicated to links we share. Often, i will vaguely recall where i stumbled upon some tidbit of information weeks (or even days) before. Google isn’t always quick, and storing links in email or by way of the old school “bookmark this” work, but they’re limited and cumbersome.
This was the onus for dedicated sites, like delicious, which serve as a repository for our bookmarks.
But alas, with the impending demise of delicious (booooo Yahoo!), people have been panicking, worrying about where their history of links will go. I’m not too worried, honestly, since i haven’t used delicious frequently over the past 3 years, back when it was still del.i.cio.us (annoying but ingenius subdomaining!). However, since i’m a digital hoarder, i love being able to take a gander at what interested me back in, say, ’05.
This is where new service, Trunkly, currently in alpha stage, comes in.
The world is now more social. We share, we like, we tweet, retweet, link and generally exchange information on the social web. But how do you keep track of the things you like?
Trunk.ly takes care of that for you. By connecting into your social networks, Trunk.ly monitors and collects the links that you find interesting across the social web.
[They said pretty much what i said! lol]
Within 10-20 minutes (i wasn’t keeping exact time), 900+ links i’ve shared on my Facebook, Twitter and delicious accounts were imported into Trunkly, categorized by tags (if applicable), and in descending date order. It’s searchable and, like Twitter, uses an infinity scroll, so there’s no clicking “next” or “page 2 … 30” buttons to view links; everything continuously loads as you scroll down the page.
Other “features” include the ubiquitous “following” and “followers,” as well as suggested users to follow, and the ability to make your links public or private. I’m not sure i have any need at the moment to follow anyone, but maybe one day i will.
Each link displays other users who have also shared that link. This immediately caused me to raise an eyebrow since it was counter to the “keep my links private” option i had checked. I viewed my profile from another browser, and was reassured that my stuff was private, or at least the full listing was blocked. I’ll have to check the FAQ or contact Trunkly directly to find out if other users can see if i shared the same link. It better not be!
The first search i conducted was for “kobe bryant,” which popped up seven links, some back from ’05 when him and Shaq were beefing. I was pretty geeked by it lol. I am not too sure, though, if all of the links have been imported, since i believe i’ve shared more than seven links regarding Kobe over the years. ::shrugs::. All links can be exported from Trunkly, too.
All in all, it’s a very simple service, but it has usefulness: an exact usefulness i didn’t know i desired until i read about it. I love archives and searching, so it’s right up my alley.
Let me know how you like it and if it’s useful.
Thanks for reading.
P. S. Be sure to use the new “Save” button below my posts. It will add the link to your Trunkly account automagically! ^_^