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Microsoft Thumbtack – Online Research Tool

Microsoft’s Live Labs has recently released a brand new online bookmarking service called Thumbtack, which allows users to compile web links, media and text snippets and store it online for future reference. Thumbtack also offers collaboration – users can share their thumbtack collections with friends and they will be able to add their own clips to it.

Whatever you collect from the web can be easily sorted using tags called ‘Collections’, which can be published to the web via RSS, embedded in blogs, shared to friends for collaboration, or kept private for your own reference.

TechCrunch points out, that Thumbtack also gives users ability to customize their look and feel by offering a set of ‘gadgets’. Initially the they provide an Address gadget that can identify addresses in clips and find them on a map, a Properties gadget that lets users to assign a price value to any specified item, and lastly a Layout gadget which users can use to organize their thumbtack workspace.

From Microsoft Live Labs Blog:

Thumbtack is an easy way to save links, photos, and anything else you find on the Web in a single place. Compare prices, colors, styles or locations at a glance. Grab the stuff you want from lots of different sites, put it into a Thumbtack collection, then get to it from anywhere you can get online.
Thumbtack uses machine learning and natural language techniques to understand the information you give it—it automatically extracts addresses, for instance, and the Address Gadget will then automatically plot that address on a map. Other gadgets help you compare items in your collection, or arrange them the way that’s easiest for you to see them.

Watch the following video to learn more about Thumbtack –

<a href="http://video.msn.com/?mkt=en-US&#038;playlist=videoByUuids:uuids:6a905d98-0332-4c3f-8b25-75737cd9b675&#038;showPlaylist=true&#038;from=shared" target="_new" title="Thumbtack Introduction">Video: Thumbtack Introduction</a>

My Two Cents

As Adam Ostrow of Mashable points out, Microsoft Thumbtack may be useful for very specific tasks like doing research online, however for bookmarking purpose – I believe the traditional bookmarking & tag based social bookmarking sites works best.

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