I love Twitter. I love spamming Twitter. Sometimes though, it all just moves too fast, and it is an absolute nightmare trying to search through my tweets trying to find links. I certainly ain’t going to make the effort to delicious each and every single one [or save them manually through some other tool], and thankfully for the lazy like me, trunk.ly exists.
Trunk.ly automagically collects the links you share online … and makes them searchable.
Once you set up connections to your social networks like Twitter and Facebook, trunk.ly will start indexing all the links you share [and have shared for quite a while] through these sites. It’s easy, requires no upkeep, and provides a clutter-free way to look through links you’ve shared.
Now, onto their search. I know it’s still a relatively new product [I only heard about it in the wake of the delicious demise], but, it sucks >.< As of now, it searches only by “relevance”, and while it works well on occasion, other times you’re left wondering what kind of search algorithm they’re using. I was actually quite shocked that the default search criteria was not simply date / recently shared.
Trunk.ly automatically converts Twitter hashtags into their own form of searchable tags. This is handy, and definitely helps before the aforementioned, YMMV search, but I’d like it to go a step further and automatically tag links based on their domain. Hell, I’d even spend a good five minutes doing it, because I’m pretty sure that a LOT of the links I share are from maybe, ten or so different sites.
Trunk.ly see “techcrunch” or “thenextweb” in the domain name, tag it as “tech”. It sees “youtube” or “vimeo”, tag it as “video”. I’ve customised twitter in a way that I rely HEAVILY on lists, and I have lists for my Deloitte Online tweeps, tech, music, tv and movie news. It’s easier to digest and look for information this way, and I’m pretty sure it would be handy to search and categorise links like this too.
I’d love to be able to just post a link to “Tech news stories I’ve shared this week”.
The whole “Follow” thing
I do not want to follow people on trunk.ly. Nor do I want people to sign up to trunk.ly so I can see their links. I know that trunk.ly requires users to connect their accounts to share their data / links, but it would be a million times better if there was some way that I can see the links of everyone I follow on Twitter.
At the moment, I only see trunk.ly as a tool for me [a very useful one at that!], and not a social network by any means.