Briefly rehashing what I said in my introductory post to Twine; this online service allows you to gather your data into one place (videos, bookmarks, photos, etc.). From around the web or from your own machine. And with more intelligence and metadata extraction/understanding which makes it easier to organize and find your information. Or discover information of interest to you as there’s a lively bunch of people (and AI) on there already recommending information.
So I’m pleased to announce that I have invitation tickets for interested readers & supporters of Think Artificial. Getting a nice productivity tool ahead of about 40,000 people waiting to get access.
How to Get an Invitation
Those that are likely to contribute to the active development and growth of both Twine (and a new extension of Think Artificial within Twine) will be more likely to receive invites. The following are the two ways to get invites.
- Comment – 20 hand-picked readers that comment on this post will receive an invitation. Comment should indicate what it is about the service that interests you, and/or why you’d like an invite. The email you enter in the comment field is the email I’ll send an invite to.
- Write an entry – 30 hand-picked writers will receive an invitation by writing an entry on the Future of the Web in the Next 2-5 years linking back here to Think Artificial. Send me an email with a link to your article and specify an address to send the invitation to if its not the one you sent from.
I always enjoy when people think — there’s never enough of that. So in the second point, I’m (ab)using my position in recruiting the masses to spread thought-worthy issues and ideas.
In the event that I get an overwhelming amount of comments, I’m going to limit the selection to the first 60 commenters. I simply don’t have time for more. And regarding the articles, they must be new — not from your archives! And selection will be based on quality – meaning entries that are well written and present personal perspectives.
The “beta” tag on Twine is not a Perpetual Beta where the tag is slapped on as a beforehand-apology for any user discomfort. But “beta” in it’s original meaning: It’s a product in the making, incomplete, getting active user feedback and making improvements.
Here are some qualities I recommend you have to enjoy Twine:
- Online activity experience – I’m looking for people that enjoy finding and sharing data. Regular use of Del.icio.us, StumbleUpon, Digg, Flickr, YouTube or Blogging is a plus.
- Patience – With Twine in a beta status, lack of a feature or the disfunction of a present one can be keyboard-through-the-monitor frustrating. Patience equals suggesting improvements.
- Vision and Ideas – It’s a plus to have shown a public interest in innovative web services, and/or having publically posted original articles on how we use the web. As mentioned above, I like (getting to know) people that like to think and contemplate the future.
I see potential for Twine to bloom in bright colors. And for the Web to boom with acumen. We just need determined people to get the gears in the right places.
If you’re not one of those that make the cut this time — stick around. You’ll may get another chance. I’ll continue to keep an eye out for cool people after this round ends on April 29th.
Finally, I mentioned something about a Think Artificial twine. It’s an experimental place inside Twine where like-minded people — we — can collaborate on harvesting and discussing aesthetic loaded, machine riddled and intelligent content.
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