Monday, January 20, 2014

Listicle

Have you ever wanted to use something like Pinterest, but felt out of place? Kind of like that "single-dad-hanging-out-with-soccer-moms" out of place? If you think the idea of keeping and sharing lists of stuff that interests you is a good idea, but you're looking for a more professional site, Listicle might interest you. In many ways, Listicle seems better thought out than something like Pinterest, in that it has more customization options and is less targeted to one particular demographic.

Starting with your profile, I like that you can connect with a large variety of social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Youtube, and Vimeo). But the nice thing is, you don't have to connect to any of them if you don't want to. Thank you for that, because I hate it when sites require you to login with Facebook or Google. I like to keep my world separate sometimes...

Creating lists in Listicle is pretty satisfying. I can pick different types of lists (plain, numbered, or a countdown). Then I can pick four types of presentations for it (list, slideshow, flipbook, and grid). Also, all lists have 5 major categories to choose from when you create them (photos, videos, links, text, and audio. There is also a list of around 25 categories to place your list under. All in all, I like the customization options, because not all lists are created equal (if you don't agree, perhaps you're not OCD enough!). There are enough options to offer a large variety of lists. You can even upload your own cover photo for your lists, and control permissions for who can see them, which is a nice bonus.

I started out by creating a list of interesting future technologies that science is working on. While exploring the site, I also came across some interesting lists that others had created:

I like that someone is catering to those of us that like to make, use, and share lists, without feeling out of place by being surrounded by crafting, making kids lunches, and fashion. Us geeks need an obsessive list-making outlet too, and I'm glad someone is providing!

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