Symbaloo is a customizable start page tool that lets users add all their most important links in a format that is easy to use. The user’s webmix appears as sleek buttons with icons or logos. The user can drag and drop items to organize them in a way that is convenient and practical. The items, or tiles, can be searched so users can find those that are most relevant to the items they are adding. Users can view their home webmix or browse webmix collections. News highlights and major news are also accessible through tabs on the Symbaloo homepage. The user can access an online resource simply by clicking one of the tiles on the webmix they are currently viewing.
Symbaloo was founded in March of 2007. The application was intended to provide a unique visual bookmarking service that doubled as a link sharing tool. The application has received many positive reviews since it was first introduced. Many appreciate the visual format, which is much easier to digest than text links for many internet users. Others also noted that no matter which browser they viewed their Symbaloo webmix in, it always looked the same. Consistency is another attractive benefit, especially for users who sometimes switch computers or browsers.
Bookmarking is one of the oldest activities on the web. To call bookmarks original would be pushing it. What Symbaloo does is takes that concept and makes it a visual experience. Visual bookmarks are also not terribly unique, but the sleek tile system utilized by Symbaloo makes the application an attractive alternative that leaves a memorable impression. Users can easily customize the look of their visual bookmarks and quickly access or share links.
The appearance of Symbaloo is one of the application’s strongest points. The user is presented with an organized grid of boxes and tiles set against a dark background. The dark setting keeps the focus on the vibrantly colored tiles that the user places on their webmix. Some tiles are emblazoned with recognizable logos. Even those that have no logo include a simple icon for quick identification. The interface has a modern appeal that ensures a pleasant experience for the user.
A new user can register for Symbaloo can click the white “Create Free Account” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The form on the next page asks for a name, email address and password. After checking the terms and conditions agreement box below, the user can submit the form. The following page advises the user that a verification message has been sent to their email address. This must be accessed to complete registration. The user can begin building a webmix before accessing the verification message.
Symbaloo is available to all users for nothing. There are no subscription fees or other charges required when creating an account. The user is not required to make any purchases or perform any actions to continuing accessing their account. No premium paid version is available. Free is definitely a good price that will keep Symbaloo appealing to all users. Most would not be willing to pay a fee just to turn their bookmark links into tiles.
Symbaloo is a valuable tool for anyone who prefers a visual format over a text format. The application is very easy to use and includes a sleek interface and stylish icons that make it easy to identify the link associated with each tile the user adds. The site gives the user access to webmix collections so users can access links based on interest. The interface is clean and user friendly and offers a unique way to save and share links.