Twine was created by RadarNetworks. It’s been in private beta since October 2007. This article gives us a bit more information about the app, but it’s still vague in what it can do. There are a lot of grand goals that they want to accomplish with Twine. Time will tell if Twine will deliver.
Nova Spivack described Twine as a “knowledge networking” application. It has aspects of social networking, wikis, blogging, knowledge management systems – but its defining feature is that it’s built with Semantic Web technologies. Spivack says that Twine aims to bring a usable and scalable interface to the long-promised dream of the Semantic Web.
The aim of Twine is to enable people to share knowledge and information. At first glance it is very much like Wikipedia, but there is a whole lot more smarts to the system. Spivack described it to me as “knowledge networking”- i.e. it aims to connect people with each other “for a purpose”. It’s not based around socializing, but to share and organize information you’re interested in. Using Twine, you can add content via wiki functionality (there are many post types), you can email content into the system, and “collect” something (as an object, e.g. a book object). The screenshots below show of this in action — note that the product itself isn’t available just yet, as it’s in private testing.
Spivack is calling Twine a “Semantic Graph”, which he says will map relationships to both people and topics. So Twine’s Semantic Graph actually integrates the Social Graph. Spivack said that his company has patents pending on this.
What I found to be helpful was the contextual manner in which Twine will assess your text, so that Paris Hilton the Person won’t get filed away under your Places (because I’m sure you talk about Paris Hilton all day). This level of automatic intelligence takes a lot of the heavy lifting away from you, catching patterns you may miss for any reason, such as the fact that certain events occur over a long period of time, giving you ample opportunity to forget that two events may be related.
As this also functions as a way to network with others for the purpose of sharing information, there are privacy settings that you can take advantage of, and several ways in which you can build your trusted network, giving you a direct manner with which you can access information you need, from the right people. Twine has informed us of its plans to offer an array of APIs so that its service can be integrated with pretty much every other tool out there, like task list managers, iCals, maps and many more.
There hasn’t been anything new discussed about Twine in the blogosphere or the web since mid October 2007. If anyone has any news about Twine, please feel free to comment or inform us.