by Liam McClure
Social Networking is one of the most talked about subjects on the web and more people are looking at new ways of engaging with people. With Facebook being the largest of the networking sites I wondered what other sites would be useful to consider and this is when I came across pearltrees.com with more than 100,000 unique visitors per month to the site and approaching 10,000,000 page views.
Unlike Facebook and other networking sites Pearltrees does not have a running news-feed but operates more as a mind map that people can look into and share with ease.
Here is a video to sum up what the idea behind it is.
I have been playing around with Pearltrees for a while now and I have found it very intuitive to use, it is very easy to collect information and add it to your own tree. The amount of information that is available is extremely varied; you can search from cobal to live music it is that wide a range of people. And if you see a pearl that you like you can simply pick it and attach it to your Pearltree.
I also found there to be a lot of support and advice about different subjects available to the user. The pearl offering support links directly to the page that would be able to help you out. It is this ease of use that I think differentiates Pearltrees from other networking sites, it really feels like a knowledge sharing and curation site rather than a I had this for lunch site.
Another appealing aspect of Pearltrees. You can take root pearls and share them through twitter or Facebook reaching out to people you know will be interested in the information supplied. It is visually simple but I guess mind-maps really work for me and I will be growing my tree and interests in the future.
Have you used Pearltrees before? What do you like and dislike about it? Let us know in the comments.