We are excited to start opening our beta to our first few hundred users soon. If you’re looking to be one of the first few users of our site then sign up on our homepage. We’ll be selecting users at random to give them access to The Shared Web.
We want to use our first blog post to let you know more about what we’ve been working on over the past few months. We started off at Techstars Seattle with a simple idea, taking your online presence to the next level so that when you launch your browser you show up as being online to your friends. From there you can share where you are online in real-time. Since then we’ve evolved this concept to the experience that we really wanted to enable on the web and that’s being able to get all the content that is interesting to you in the fastest way possible and being able to engage around that content - talk about it, react to it, with the people you care about.
We give you the best content on the web curated by your friends and experts in the topics that you are interested in.
The Shared Web is a better personalized filter for discovering content you are interested in. Google is great for finding stuff online but increasingly it’s getting bogged down by SEO manipulations. It’s also not great at showing you content that is personalized to you. Try searching for fashion on Google for example and you’ll get fashion.net, Vogue and Seventeen instead of the top blogs, pictures and articles from the people who’s taste you trust. From the people who are the tastemakers of tomorrow. Getting content via Reddit, Digg, Hacker News, or Buzzfeed is great for finding the latest memes but that’s like getting your content from the Billboard top 100, it might be good but it’s not necessarily tailored to your taste. Although Hacker News comes very close to capturing our interests.
The Shared Web is a place where you choose which topics you’re interested in and get more relevant content for you by following friends and experts who’s taste you trust in those respective topics. You can use it to showcase yourself and your expertise in various areas. Suppose that you are a huge foodie and know which blogs to read and which restraunts to visit, you simply curate these sites by posting them to TSW and share this information with your friends to be recognized as the master food curator in your social circle and beyond.
Sign up to our beta list and we’ll be sending you an invite to try it out. Let us know what you think in the comments.
The Shared Web Team