Basically it is a one-stop topic shop like Squidoo, but more enhanced than just a one page guide…Zimbio is made up of modules, and it’s a group thing…actually it’s a people thing.
Each portal in Zimbio (a topic space) can be browsed via the categories, the different modules of a portal are accessible by tabs, and lots of stuff can be rated.
The modules are:
- a group blog (has a feed)
- member photos
- links & feeds (link roll, feed roll, keyword search roll)…basically as many lists as you want of your favourite websites, keyword searches, and feeds.
- trackers (image, blog, news)…basically a river of news for search terms…not sure if you can just splice/filter feeds
- notepad (open space to create any type of text page, eg. to-do lists, guides, reports, table of contents, etc…)
- details (information about the portal)
-activity log (a list stream of contributions to any module)…lacks a feed
Last of all a startpage so you can see each module of a portal as widgets (I noticed an IM chat widget as an addition)…check out the startpage of the aviation portal.
Each member also has a webpage containing a profile, photo’s, and an activity log (see which modules in which portals a member is contributing)…here’s an example of a member page.
At first I thought these portals were closed groups, but it seems that once you register you are member of everything…just rove around and interact…although some are gurus.
See the FAQ.
I’m totally impressed with the features, clean interface, style, community participation…it’s like Squidoo on steroids!
These topic portals are bound to take over search engines for certain type of searches…I tend to use social bookmarks to find stuff on a topic or even follow a public river of news, but this is really comprehensive.
For more see the Zimbio start page.
[ADDED: can you believe it, there’s no tagging]