Twine Invites for Readers of Think Artificial

Twine Invitation Tickets in an Old Theater Ticket style)

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.

  1. 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.
  2. OR

  3. 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.

Twine Invitation Ticket in Old Theater Ticket style


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, 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.

Final Commentary

Think Artificial Icon on TwineIf 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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9 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. Pretty and attractive tickets!

    I’ve read the French translation of your precedent post about “Why I Migrated Over to Twine (And Other Social Services Bit the Dust)” on the blog of a friend (link here
    I really trust this friend, and I specially “over-trust” him when it’s about microformats or other semantic-related subjects :)
    So, I think that if he spent time to translate your post (a very good one I have to say), it’s enough motivation for me for being impatient and trying to have an invitation for the beta.

    I could ad that I’m 100% with you concerning the interest and the “power” of the process of a real beta and the interest of living a beta VS all the “pseudo” betas that just have the name beta.
    For mapovino, the main project I work this time, we try to take the more juice of the beta, and we’ve just started planing some “beta-tastings”, that are kind of IRL meeting during the [real] beta where we share about the project, features, feedback etc. while we also taste some good wine (yes, this is a wine related project!). There will be more about this beta-tasting experiment on very soon.

    My last point is that we are going slowly with mapovino but/because we have on our priorities to be the most “semanticly intelligent” we can.
    We want microformats everywhere, we want to organize the “social network” side of the project in regard of what is discussed about DiSo, data portability and other stuffs like that, and I think that experimenting Twine could bring at least some sane ideas, and may be more with possibility for using some APIs between mapovino and twine (e.g. for bookmarks).

    And here is the short comment: please, I’d love [beta] tasting [T]wine!

  2. First off – wonderful re-design. I’ve been following your blog via RSS for a while now and had not noticed the change. I particularly enjoy the featured posts banner at the top… Ok, now on to my twine audition!

    I’m a doctoral candidate in Environmental Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center and a certificate candidate in Interactive Technology & Pedagogy. My research (both professional and academic) concerns young people’s interactions with new technology in educational environments ( My dissertation largely focuses on the semantic codification of young people’s everyday life – looking specifically at how young people produce, consume, circulate and evaluate digital information across race/gender/class. Young people’s concept of privacy and ‘openness’ in such an informational environment is also a major theme of my research.

    I’m also a blogger ( and an avid user of facebook,, Flickr,, twitter, youtube, etc… I’ve tried to construct my blog as an aggregator for my various research-related online activities. This is perhaps most visible in the “digital footprint” section of my blog, where I’ve tried to organize all of my RSS feeds ( I setup my blog to function as both an epistemological tool for the development of my dissertation and as a space for playing around with the various ways information can be consumed/produced/circulated/evaluated online. Which brings me to why I’d LOVE a twine account…

    What looks so interesting about twine is the way it is fully embracing the semantic web (or attempting to fully embrace). I’ve completely given up on MySpace, Friendster and Orkut – and facebook just barely interests me, its essentially the best of the worst. Having a chance to participate in the beta version of this social network would be a valuable peek into the ways cyber-sociality and knowledge production might operate in the near future. Also, being part of a community that is playing around with OWL, RDF and Semantic Graphs would give me some much needed experiences from which I could situate my somewhat abstract understanding of the semantic web.

    OK – that’s it for now. I’m writing this from a cafe and my battery is about to die…


  3. Hii Hrafn

    Mebbe now is my chance to get out google reader and comment :) ..

    the blog design is pretty cool .. good work on posts

    ok, before twine.. i am working in UCD dublin for my phd research in the field of image analysis n tagging and semantic / ontologies techniques .. if it gives some idea that i have been involved in semantic techniques and have tested few other websites which have been trying to collaborative or semantic or other similar ways like powerset labs search, recently also tired pageonce. thou its not that exciting as it has no actual ML/semantic web

    and per twine.. i have heard about it for sometime now and the most interesting part of their work as far as i have read in webware or other sites, is the use of semantic web techniques like RDF etc.. thou not sure how much of it actual of use in real life scenario and would love to see what sort of things they are testing. Another thing i read was about giving tags (i love tags :) .. i have to thou .. its my research topic) to stored items, if i am correct, on twine.. and what kind of usefulness they have in twine and if its gives useful recommnedations based on user tags and semantic graphs…

    ok gotta rum, FC barcelona playing MU..

    hope to get n try twine ..

    good work on blog again.. keep it up


  4. I am very interested in the what Twine proposes to do. Information has always been difficult to manage. Now that everyone on the Internet can author content there is that much more to take into consideration.

    New approaches to searching and making results more productive and rewarding is something a lot of developers are concerned with. I am interested in learning more about how innovations such as Twine, microformating, and other semantic web solutions will affect how I work with data.

    Part of my professional responsibilities include knowing how technology is being used for meaning making. Staying informed is a large part of what I need a tool like Twine for.

    I would love an invitation to participate in the Twine beta.

    Thank you for your site and for the opportunity.


  5. hey-always enjoy to read what you find the new and useful in this new century. My curiousity is definetly peaked about twine. I would greatly appreciate an invite. Thanks for the great site.

  6. Hi, Hrafn!

    I would like to test that technology mainly due the fact that my web-browser bookmarks have no AI, let alone that sometimes it is hard to find the exact content I am looking for, since I have more than 1500 links. I hope the Twine technology shall help me manage all those stuffs and share them with others too.

    Best Regards!


  7. So how much do I have to write to get an invite? :P

    I first read about Twine today in a swedish newspaper named “Ny teknik” (“New technology”). It caught my attention immediatly.

    One of the many reasons are the fact that I love beta testing and contributing in development and testing.
    I am currently testing the FF3 betas, Mozilla Labs’ Prism and Weave, OpenLina (, OpenOffice 3.0, among others.
    I have suggested ideas that have been implemented in several projects – and a few days ago I’ve got an email from the developers of one of the projects in which they told me that they are sending me a shirt with their logo as thanks!

    This is one part of why I like the web as well as the technology behind it. Anybody can contribute. Everybody can use it, everybody can help, everybody can give feedback and everybody can improve it.

    And about the technology and development:
    When the first search engines on the web was launched, they *anything* could end up in the results besides what you searched for. Ranking was just based on how many times the words was repeated.
    Now I can search for anything on Google and usually find it in less then five clicks, thanks to that the ranking and indexing are better.

    Thanks to the semantic web, including RDF, tagging, item linking, microformats, microservices and data portabiliy and these kind of services, I might not have to search for anything again – just bookmark everything I like and it will be linked to everything that’s related and showing me what you might like.
    And the only time when searching will be necessary would be when looking for things that you haven’t looked for using these web 3.0 services before.

    And the social parts makes it even better – I might not even have to send those links that I find to my friends, I just have to add all the tags and data to the items and my friend will se that I have them bookmarked.
    All I have to do is to tell them that I found something they might be interested in and in what category, then they can see what I found along the way and even add more data to it.

    I’d love this, and if I could get a beta invite I’d be happy.
    I can’t wait until I can get all my friends using it, and then this will be another one of my favorite always-open-when-I-get-access-to-the-Internet sites.

    I can’t wait until everybody understands what the semantic web is all about and when all sites are using microformats, and similiar – and I will do what I can to contribute.

  8. As an information addict, I have been yearning for a Twine invite since I read their write-up in Wired a few months back. Between aggregating every major news syndicate, stumbling upon the web, utilizing a handful of Firefox extensions, and listening to NPR–I feel like I’m only getting a fraction of a fraction of a percentage of what I need to be informed. Even with a concerted effort to pursue information, I think it impossible for even the most diligent to stay up to date. There is simply too much data to be translated into information, too much information to be apprehended, and too little time to comprehend what’s ultimately accessible.

    The semantic web could be the calculator of the future. It could be the wheel of the past. It could be the doughnut of this morning.


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