We were recently invited to test Second Brain, a startup currently in ‘Test Pilot’ mode. Second Brain aims to provide users with their own personal ‘Internet Library.’ This means an online place to organize and manage personal content.
There are three basic things you can do on Second Brain: add services, upload files, and create collections. Appropriately, the service is divided into three sections as well. Adding a service basically means importing your content from Web 2.0 services into the library — SecondBrain currently supports Flickr, YouTube, Del.icio.us, Google Docs & Spreadsheets, Picasa Web Albums and BlueDot. They give you 1GB of free storage to upload any files that you’d like online in your personal ‘library’ and you can create collections of different content mindmaps on topics.
Unlike some of the other services which are doing this, something I like about Second Brain is that it provides a powerful taxonomy system and lets you organize content in an open way, the way you want it. Also, you can find people and share anything you collect or create. Apart from its regular features, Second Brain is strong in its social as well.
Most of the features I tested with Second Brain seemed to work seamlessly and I think it does a brilliant job of living up to its claim of a ‘Personal Internet Library.’ One thing I’m not too certain about is the kind of market it’s entering – an year or so ago, this would have been brilliant, but with so many services now out there, it’s tough to say whether it’ll catch on (though I have to say, they’ve done a great job of implementing and preserving users’ content on other services.)