There is no limit to the way that you can collection information that you have found online, from bookmarking services like Delicious, to the more elaborate Evernote and it’s alternatives. Using a very visual and organized method to collect information and notes, especially when in a collaborate environment can prove to be a great way to share data and brainstorm at the same time.
There are several services that emulate a method that many people use to collect information away from their computers – the corkboard.
These three services give you varied ways to create your own virtual corkboard, and offer an alternative way to collecting varied types of data online.
Corkboard.me is the simplest of options available. There is no need to register, simply by visiting the site, a personalized URL is generated for you, which you can share with anyone. The simplicity comes at a price of only being able to collect written notes – on yellow post it notes – and images. In order to add an image to your virtual corkboard, it has to be available somewhere online. Past the direct link to the image into a post-it note and it will be transformed into an image.
You can drag your notes and images around the corkboard, and there is a navigation tool allows you to move around the board and use more space.
Sign up for a Spaaze account or use your OpenID to create a pretty elaborate corkboard.
While Spaaze is a free service, adding certain kinds of information to your corkboard require ‘credits’ and to start off, Spaaze gives 1000 credits for free.
Labels, Notes, Links and YouTube/Vimeo videos are added for free. Videos can be played from within Spaaze, and you can also visit links within your corkboard. Images and files will cost you 4 Spaaze credits per MB, and an HTML Snippet will cost you 5 Spaaze credits. Uploaded files can be a maximum of 50MB in size. With Spaaze you can also create more than one corkboard, but each additional board will set you back 50 Spaaze credits.
To remove an item, double-click it and hit the little X that appears in the top-left corner, or drag it to the trash can that appears when you drag an item around.
Like Corkboard.me, you can expand your corkboard, using a navigation map, and in addition, you can also search for text in links, notes and labels.
Other features including selecting a sub-domain of your own choice, Google Analytics support and your own custom favicon, the last of which will cost you 50 Spaaze credits.
For a more elaborate collaborative experience, Stixy is one of the most feature rich free options available. Signing up for Stixy is as simple as providing an email address and password.
With Stixy you can create unlimited boards for free, add notes, images, documents and to-do items. While it lacks certain features available in Spaaze such as adding links and videos – technically they can be shared in notes, although they aren’t clickable.
There are two ways you can share your Stixy boards with other users. The first is to invite other Stixy members to view your board via email.
If you don’t want to force users to sign up to view or edit your board, you can enable guest access, which can also be password protected, if you’d rather not allow just anyone to access the board. Simply send them the guest link (and password if necessary) and they can view or edit the board depending on your settings.
Would you use a virtual corkboard to stay organized? What is your favorite free online corkboard service? Let us know in the comments.
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