Toobla – Collecting and Sharing Your Life Web

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tooblaNot only does this site have a fun name (quick, say it! “Toooooooobla!”), but it’s got a good idea behind it too.  Toobla.com is a collection and sharing portal for all things Internet.  Think of it as Delicious with pictures.

If something is on the Web, you can share it through Toobla.  The difference being that everything presented in your albums on the site is in pictoral form: whether it be screen captures, photos, stills from videos, or whatever.  Instead of just a bare link (ala Delicious), Toobla offers an interactive album of pictures that lead to sites, videos, etc.

Opening for public beta in September, the site is very easy to use.  Each entry is stored and organized into folders you create (called “toobs”, not to be confused with “moobs”).  To look at everything at once, without organization, an auto-generated folder (All) is automatically kept as well.

Each entry or folder can be marked as public or private, so you can easily keep things to yourself or share them with the world.  You can view folders and their contents sans the graphics if you’d like in a simple grid with name, type (tag), and source link.  Alternatively, the grid can be a straight list (links).  This is helpful for those with limited bandwidth or smallish Web phones.

One of the coolest features of Toobla, though, is the ability to automatically index things you create yourself.  So your YouTube, Digg, Delicious, blog, etc. can automatically be entered into a folder when you publish.  This saves you from having to index things manually from your own content.  In fact, you can do this with anything, not just your own sites.

For instance, setting up a folder called “LivFilms” and then added one of my favorite YouTube channels by the same name.  Now, every time LivFilms updates with a new comedy short, it’s automatically in the LivFilms folder on Toobla.  This can be done with virtually any stream: an RSS feed, Digg, and more.

Overall, Toobla is a unique and fun way to gather and stash links and stuff from your Web travels and a nice way to visually share it with your friends.  Best of all, it’s free!


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