Everyone could use a SecondBrain


Whether you’re diving into social media this summer or still looking for the productivity benefit of all these online social apps, there’s a service I’ve been using the last few weeks that is worthy of you attention: SecondBrain.

What SecondBrain does very, very well is combine the content you create in 20 major social networking apps into searchable, well-organized collections. Everything from Twitter and del.icio.us, WordPress (.com and self-hosted), YouTube and Vimeo and more are grist for this Web 2.0 mill.

While is very handy to see all of your content in one place under one tag cloud, the fun starts when searching for information in other people’s collections and content that span all those social networking apps. By way of example, digging into Ruby on Rails and traditional search engines like Google turn up too much old, moldy information.

With SecondBrain, I’m able to find not just what I could have found searching del.icio.use, digg, and YouTube individually, but the best gleamings from 17 other social venues. And I can add the juiciest bits to my Rails Collection with one click in SecondBrain or my own finds via the handy SecondBrain bookmarklet.

Further, SecondBrain is also a social network; so as you find people more adroit than you at finding good content – be it photos on Flickr or pdfs on Scribd you can start tracking what they are adding to their online digital lifestreams in realtime.

While SecondBrain is in beta, it’s one of the slickest, most well thought out online apps I’ve seen: the signup workflow puts to shame every other signup I’ve ever gone through. But there are some sharp edges: searching for content while your exploring people fails on occasion and you can’t as of now export your collections (Download Squad says this is in the works).

In the few weeks I’ve been using SecondBrain they’ve add 5 new social networks you can pull your content from: this is Web 2.0 app worthy of consideration by any web worker.



The way that messaging programs keep popping up every month, this seems like a great way to stay well organized. Thanks for the information and the link!

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@Nick – Mixx is on our list… and currently we store the session in a cookie rather than in a messy URL, but we’ll give you an option to run without. Thanks for bringing it up, we really shouldn’t force stuff like that.


@Evan – Of course we’ll add support for Last.fm in the next coming months. As Phil comments above, we’re primarily about content organization and secondary about lifestreaming. Or put another way, we want to offer lifestreaming as a feature that sits on top of content library with powerful organization tools. But you’re right, we should prioritize Last.fm, I’m an avid user myself.

@Web Worker Daily – Thanks for the article, we’re really glad you liked it!


Looks like a great site (powerful service, it’ll be interesting to see if this works out and people jump aboard), but no last.fm? Count me out, sorry.

Phil Butler

Great article! Secondbrain has perhaps the best platform for a Web 3.0 aggregator and library out there. I have been working with them for a time and I must say, Lars and his team are doing a fantastic job.

There is some issue between what we might call “transmission tools” and tools that collect but can trasnmmit also. Secondbrain is often confused with Twitter like tools such as FF. Nothing could be further from the truth however. Secondbrain is not primarily designed to be a life streaming tool, but rather a platform from which to do many tasks.

Thanks for the great article!


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