Squirl is the meeting place for collectors on the web where they can catalog and share their collections with others. It is great service for collectors as it helps them to stay upto date and get feedback from others regarding their collections. What I like in particular about squirl is that you can come across all kinds of collections starting from someone’s photos with celebrities to the list of favourite software programs. As you can see in the case of the last one you can really collect anything you like whether it is list of movies you watched or cars you have driven.
How does squirl work?
To be able to create your own collections on squirl first you need to signup. You can either get a free account(limited to 200 items and 3 collections) or a premium one (upto 5,000 items and unlimited number of collections) for 10$/year. Once you have registered you can instantly start uploading your items. Each collection has its own privacy settings including an option of setting it private or public.
If you only want to spy around checking out various collections of others there is no need to register.
Quick overview of Squirl features
- join groups with similar interests or create your own groups, see all groups here
- browse through items of featured members and featured collections
- use squirl just to catalog your stuff and share it with friends even if you are not a collector (ex; movies I have)
- easily categorize your stuff by tagging your items (more on tagging in our del.icio.us review)
- comment on on the collections and items of others
- RSS options for tracking updates from different users using feedreader
- get notified whenever someone tags an item with a particular word(tag)
- message other users
Side note: I felt a bit nostalgic today after checking out Squirl as I remembered my early teenage days when I was collecting postal stamps and had an impressive collection. Stamps were hot items back then and passionate collectors would regularly meet at certain places to compare their collections and exchange some items. Later on I swapped my entire stamp collection for rare miniature model of russian car called ‘chaika’(check outpic here).