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Online Visual Bookmark Organizer

Published 03/07/2012 and rated Ratingstars4 bcec8906151689b304fd08db76a6d3624db4d142bcf021082f6b81f6711934ef 4 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

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.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

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.

What are the differences to other apps?

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.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

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.

How does the registration process work?

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.

What does it cost to use the application?

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.

Who would you recommend the application to?

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.

  • Tiles provide a uniform, user friendly way to sort bookmarks
  • Available in a variety of languages
  • Webmix collections can be browsed by theme
  • Drag and drop system makes it easy to organize tiles
  • Search tools appear at the center of the user's webmix
  • Built in tile search helps users find new items to add to webmixes

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FREE - Permanently free version

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