After a year of work Bublie has finally entered closed beta testing! But since this is my pet project I’m not going to review it, just explain wth it is, because I imagine from the pictures it doesn’t make a lot of sense.
WTH is it?
Bublie is essentially a pinboard. But unlike Pinterest it has some special features which make it a little more fun and a lot more efficient to use.
Drag content from other tabs into Bublie
Text, links and images can be dragged into Bublie ready to be categorized. Bublie will attempt to extract a ‘featured’ image from links, otherwise a screenshot of the page will be taken and used as a thumbnail.
Pins (bubbles) can be managed in bulk, making long tasks really quick. For example, you can drag in a dozen URL’s, select them all ( like you would select files on your computer) and just drag them into a pinboard (bubble board).
Every time you add some content to a bubble board it’ll grow slightly. This gives the user the unique ability to judge how much content is in there or compare with other bubble boards.
Why would I use Bublie?
I personally use it for research. Dragging URLs and images into Bublie is so much quicker than creating a spreadsheet or bookmarks. and it has the added benefit of beautifully displaying your findings in a mosaic format, much like Pinterest. Bublie keeps everything private by default, but bubble boards can be made public, letting you to share your findings with friends or colleagues.
A friend of mine is using it to record good things that’ve happened in their lives. The growing bubble will show them how awesome their lives actually are.
But Bublie has dozens of uses – there’s no right or wrong way. A couple were posted on Bublie’s Google+ page.
When will it be launched?
Bublie is 90% complete, so very soon. But anyone is more than welcome to become a beta tester. Every so often beta invites are posted on the Google+ page, so check there first. Otherwise each user gets 10 invites to share with their friends so you can always bug them for one.
In the meantime anyone can view public bubbles (example cat bubble).