Firstly you can search the web, and see results from different search engines, so it is a meta-engine.
Now when browsing results you can add it to your active Jetpack.
A jetpack is a package you can make, it is a list of links under a topic name (make up a Jetpack name…you can make as many as you like)
…every Jetpack has its own permalink.
You can create a Jetpack by clicking on “Start a New package”, just add a title and submit some links, or if you can’t think of some links, use the search engine to find some, and click “add to active package” that is next to each item…just remember you’re adding items to your active Jetpack.
Only thing is I can view all my Jetpacks on my user page, but I can’t change my current active Jetpack, it won’t move.
Features of a Jetpack besides links:
- Link to other peoples Jetpacks from within your Jetpack.
- Share (send someone a Jetpack from your contacts list)
Coming soon is IM, SMS or RSS notification of jetpaks sent to you and similar notification if someone adds to your jetpaks
You can also edit/add (called Contribute) to each others jetpacks if you set to share.
So really these are a topic with links (content) plus links to other topics (Jetpacks), and you can add notes, rate, tag, even edit/add to each others packs…and you can find links to add by using the search engine and add an item from the results in one click, instead of opening another browser to use a search engine, then cutting and pasting the URL across.
Now this is where it comes together, when you do a search on Jeteye, it lists results from the web, but will also list results of your keyword within Jetpacks (human chosen pages of the web).
You can now see pages recommended by others according to that keyword, as opposed to just relying on the the open web with PageRank relevancy…well I guess these recommended pages are ranked, but you are reducing the noise of the open web results by searching in the social web.
But what about searching by tag, or exploring and discovering tags…this way you are not only searching pages within the social web, but you are browsing by tag, where all pages will be alike, akin to topic browsing a directory.
It seems to be promoted as sharing your search results…but is this really happening. It just seems you are sharing items/packs (list of links) that are listed under a heading, and organised in tags.
It is different to del.icio.us because you can contribute to others users stuff, and you can’t search full-text in del.icio.us, also del.icio.us doesn’t have a web engine integrated to search the open web.
The other difference is that you have permalinks, where you can make a topic with items and tag the topic.
You can almost do this in del.icio.us if your tag bundle had a permalink, as the tag bundle heading is like the Jetpack Title, and you could have a list of items (but in del.icio.us this list of items are within tags), whereas in a Jetpack you have a running list of items and you can describe the whole list with tag/s.
Then this becomes an item in your del.icio.us account, just like a Jetpack is an item in your Jeteye account…only the Jetpack is a permalink, whereas del.icio.us items don’t have permalinks, (although Furl items do).
Wow, this is coming back to a blog-based folksonomy, only every post would be a topic list of links.
So the main difference is that in del.icio.us an item is one link, whereas in Jeteye an item (called a Jetpack) is a list of links…so does this make it similar to H2O Playlist (I still haven’t checked this out).
I wonder if I should go over to Ning and try and make a service where you can share lists of links (stored in a permalink) as opposed to just sharing single links…as mentioned before this would be a blog-based folksonomy as you wouldn’t be restricted to a list of links you could just type in any old text in your post, unless the post area was a form.
This has been a hard one, I’m still not to sure what the unique idea is?