In the past few months, I have discovered and rediscovered a couple of community websites I enjoy. Maybe you will, too!
I first came across this “community driven visual potluck” early 2008 and rediscovered it just a couple of weeks ago. I love browsing the site for inspiring food photos, yummy recipes and new-to-me food blogs at the end of my work day just before dinner time. Can anyone say hunger-driven?
Pinterest has already made the round through various blogs, and deservedly so: a nice, clean service to bookmark favorite images that are linked back to their source. I frantically (and successfully!) searched the web for a way to access this invitation-only community last summer, as I thought this could be the perfect way to collect ideas for our summer wedding party in one spot. It was indeed. I have yet to fully embrace the idea for other fields of life, but enjoy the sporadic emails notifying me someone liked or repinned one of the wedding ideas I found helpful last year. Tis the season, I guess! (Oh, and in case you want in on the fun, too - just leave a comment and I’ll send you an invite.)
My (or rather: Nils’) newest discovery of the lot, and one with a bigger purpose: Zootool is a service to collect (and track) bookmarks, images and other media snippets (developed in Germany - neat!). In some ways similar to Pinterest, I use it solely to save bookmarks and provide them with context (tags and notes). This could be yet another community to get lost in, but the really cool thing is that Nils is working on a way to automatically include saved links into my (and his) future blog stream. So the flow might look something like this: An article sparks my interest in Reeder (my RSS reader), one of the apps of Read it Later (my reading list for articles I want to, uh, read later) or Safari, I then click on the Zootool button (can you see the tiny Z in the upper right corner of my screenshots?) to save the link together with some tags and a short note and the whole thing is then posted to my blog to share it with you and save it for me. I can hardly wait.