Wink just released its Beta 2, and its main focus is a search engine for the human indexed web.
Wink is also a social bookmarks service, and a social list (collections) service, it also allows you to tag yourself.
When you create a collection you can add bookmarks from your “My bookmarks” or enter outside URL’s, if you do enter an outside URL into a collection, this won’t also be added to your bookmarks, it will just live in the collection.
I’d like to browse the whole of Wink to add a URL to my collection, actually you can do this when browsing any URL in Wink, but you can’t do it when you are in the Collections section.
You can describe the collection with tags, but if someone clicks on a tag from the tag set in your collection, all it does is do a general search in Wink.
This is the same with profiles, if someone clicks on a tag from your profile (tags you choose to describe yourself, essentially people tags), again it just does a general search.
Bookmarks are different, if you click from your “My Bookmarks” tag set you will see only your bookmarks with this tag
…but if you browse your stream of bookmarks, and click on a tag next to the bookmark title, it will show everyone’s bookmarks with that tag. Actually it just does a search for the tag name, and brings up results that may not even have that tag, but the term may appear in the title.
So as you can see the focus is not tags, but search, tags in this system are a general search query.
Wink also is a meta-search service for the human indexed web, as it includes several other social bookmark services.
Winks power is in “searching” the social web, and even further refine the results in a social way by ratings…it also shows results from Google for the same search (for comparison).
Ideally when I click on a tag in a Collection, I’d like to see other Collections with this tag.
When I click on a bookmark tag, I’d like to see other bookmarks with this tag only, I don’t want to see bookmarks with the tag term in the title or description or URL…I want tag browsing to be different than searching.
When I click on a people tag, I’d like to see other people with this tag.
See some related points at my post, All about social lists.
Here is a brief list on services that cover more than one area:
Human-indexed web (full-text meta-search)
…even rate hits in search results (this is social from start to end)
Personal Re-syndicated Content
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