A few weeks ago, I began to use a new service called Pearltrees, and its accompanying iPad app. Since that time, I have explored the service, shared and gathered pearls, and raved about it to every person I can think of. Now its time in the spotlight on iSource is well-deserved.
What is it?
With all the hubbub of syncing bookmarks and how “everybody is doing it” (Safari with iCloud, Chrome, etc.), Pearltrees quietly stands to the side as a more powerful, intuitive, and beautiful way to organize what you uncover on the web – as a Pearl. Drop a web link into the “Pearler” and connect that site (err, Pearl) with whatever you think it best fits with.
It’s “Pinterest” meets “bookmark syncing” meets your personal “mind map.” And it is an awesome way to organize and share what interests you!
Recently Pinterest has exploded onto the social networking scene. It’s a neat, digital scrapbook way to organize the pictures you take or discover online. And while I love it, I have learned of its limitations when I was asked about locating and sharing educational websites for teacher friends. In particular, if a website doesn’t have a picture – and frankly some research websites don’t – then the pin is pretty nondescript and relies on your written description.
With Pearltrees, I can “pearl” (a new verb) a note, a picture, or website link through copy & paste – or use a web browser extension/add-on/bookmarklet; title it anything I want; and share it on Twitter, Facebook, and email. There’s even a collaboration feature.
Want to find other “pearls” put there? Hit Explore, and browse related pearls (i.e. websites and notes) from other users, pluck them from their trees, set them in your tray (wouldn’t it be funny if that were basket shaped?), and drag them to your own Pearltrees.
I expect Pearltrees to explode in use too. I know I will be sharing the service with many state educators who are eager to collaborate on resources (Common Core State Standards anyone?).