Our Facebook Friend Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington is interviewed in the February 3 2008 NYTimes about Twine "a revolutionary new way to share, organize, and find information" [http://www.twine.com/].
An Online Organizer That Helps Connect the Dots
By ANNE EISENBERG
HOW often have you wasted time searching through page after page of e-mail messages, Web sites, notes, news feeds and YouTube videos on your computer, trying to find an important item?
Customers have individual accounts on Twine’s Web site, where they save URLs or other information. They can make their collections, or "twines," private, share them in groups with other members having common interests like politics or fashion, or even make the twines public.
Twine is based on technologies created for the developing semantic Web — foreseen as a smarter Web where machines may someday be able to process the meaning of words and phrases in documents and even routinely answer direct questions.
Sarah Miller, a librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, became a member of Twine’s test group in November, partly because she and her husband, Ethan, a doctoral candidate, needed a place to organize all the documents they wanted to share with each other about teaching and learning.
Other users are also glad to let Twine do the tagging. Carla Thompson, a senior analyst at the Guidewire Group, a marketing research firm in San Francisco and a member of Twine’s beta group, makes good use of the automatic feature.
Ms. Thompson of the Guidewire Group is hopeful about Twine and related programs. “I like the idea of a smarter Web that can do more than show us a funny YouTube video or blog posting,” she said. “The Web really does need more meaning and intelligence.”
Photo(s): Marie-Susanne Langille for The New York Times