I would first like to discuss a tool I was introduced to last semester, pearltrees, that is used to collect and organize websites. I was drawn to this tool because of the kind of information mapping it allows for. I have been using pearltrees for a little over a semester now and I am slowly adding pearls based on my different interests and activities. In my opinion, the tool is super easy to use and manipulate. I also recently figured out that you can upload your own images for the pearls. AWEsome! The social aspect of the tool comes from the ability to view other people’s pearltrees and even use their pearls. When your pearls are used by someone else, you are alerted via email and you can then view their tree, use their pearls, and are potentially connected with someone who has similar interests. You can also develop a pearltree as a member of a team. Here is the link to my pearltree:
Pearltrees is kind of similar to Pinterest in that both are social tools that assist in the organization of information found online. You can share pearls via both Facebook and Twitter similar to how you can share pins with Facebook when using Pinterest. I have minimal experience with Pinterest and have just started to explore how libraries are using it. I appreciate the ability to create categories in order to organize pins. However, a category with hundreds of pins is a bit overwhelming.
Pinterest is definitely set up as more of a social tool and pearltrees more as an organizational tool. Pinterest is a valid social media tool for information organizations to use to connect with their patrons. Concerning pearltrees, I wonder if it could be useful amongst the staff of an information organization who can use the tool as a team to organize and access websites that are relevant to the organization.