New tool ‘revolutionizes’ Web research

At least, that’s what the announcement says about Truethinker, a Web service unveiled yesterday for organizing bookmarks and research. TrueThinker emphasizes four features:

  • The ability to store your bookmarks on the Web and access them from any computer.
  • The ability to add bookmarks quickly using a browser toolbar plug-in.
  • The ability to cache Web sites “forever.”
  • The ability to share your links with others and access their shared links.

This all sounds good, but it also all sounds familiar. Del.icio.us, for one, allows you to store your bookmarks online and share them with others. Both furl.net and Spurl.net provide Web bookmarking and sharing along with caching and searching of bookmarked pages.

So how is TrueThinker different? For one, it is the only one of the bunch that is not free. It offers a 30-day trial, but then charges $2.99 a month or $24.99 a year.

For another, it describes itself as incorporating artificial intelligence. The announcement says: “Add in a touch of artificial intelligence, a trainable component of TrueThinker that works in the background to organize information for users, and this new tool is unlike anything internet users have had in the past.” One aspect of the AI, the announcement says, is that it “knows” which folders to put sites in as you bookmark them and “is intuitive in how the sites are organized.”

Watch the demo, and it emphasizes repeatedly the need to try it in order to understand it. I have not tried it yet, so I will report back when I do.