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How Pinterest has Changed the Way I Share Links on the Web

I was a latecomer to Pinterest, having fallen in love with the reblogging charm of tumblr . But as you can see from the tumbleweeds rolling through my tumblr page, I've changed course and have pretty much moved over to Pinterest instead for my content sharing.

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What prompted this change? Although I love the content being shared on tumblr, I never had the ability to really slice and dice what I was sharing by topic. With Pinterest,not only am I able to do just that, I'm also able to easily visually scan the content I've shared, which is especially handy for the hundreds of recipes I've bookmarked in web browsers and my google Reader RSS feed reader over the years.

For all the foodie content I'd been hoarding, I started up three separate boards: cocktails, cook this, and baked treats. Then for the miscellaneous geekery , I have star wars, hello kitty and geekery boards. I even started one to save all the interesting infographics I inevitably share and can't put my finger on ever again. Then I tackled my travel photo stash, and made a Pinterest board for my travels, focusing just on a photo or two that captures a specific place/moment in time, and one for windows since they are so often a topic for my photography.

I feel bad about having been neglecting my tumblr. Because it was a ton of fun for a number of months. But at this point, it doesn't make sense to me to be keeping up two profiles that basically are focused on the same activity, so you'll be finding me on Pinterest instead. Hope to see you there.


Wikipedia Founder at the Commonwealth Club next week

Wikipedia's founder, Jimbo Wales, is going to be the guest at the next INFORUM Commonwealth Club event on July 18. I have lots of respect for his creation -- not only has it allowed many a lazy writer such as myself the ability to avoid a trip to the library, it's also spawned one of my favorite websites -- WoW Wiki.

Personally, I'd like to create my own wiki to categorize my recipes and foodie articles, culinary website links, etc. But since I lack the time and willingness to spend the cash on setting one up, maybe I'd just better find some existing wiki and start a build-out in that area.


Twidget

Typepad apparently just launched a twitter widget. I know a few of my friends have twitter accounts, but I still haven't drank the Kool-Aid®. It seems like an amped up DodgeBall, and that lost its novelty pretty fast for me. Would be interesting to know what folks are using it for, other than to fill up their phone mail inbox...


Human-assisted Web Search

I've long said my ideal job would be to help folks with Internet search. I have a special knack for weeding through search results with a deftly built query, honing in on the information folks are looking for.

Now the guy who founded weblogs.com has gone and founded Mahalo, apparently a company full of people like me helping create a better search experience. If only they weren't based in Santa Monica...