Second Brain – Aggregate Your Content Libraries the Easy Way

When I am browsing the web I find it hard to keep all the good things I find organized. I’ve got del.icio.us, Youtube, Twitter, Digg, StumbleUpon and Flickr accounts. Whenever I want to go back to a site I found, I would have to get to search for it on the particular site that I marked it on. When I heard about a site called Second Brain I had to check it out. What it does is aggregate all of your Stumbles, Diggs, Youtube favorites etc. so you don’t have to comb through your accounts to find content you saved. In this article I will give you an overview of my user experience with Second Brain.

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First Impressions

Signing up for Second Brain was easy, you create your Username and in no time you can start adding your services from the Dashboard. The Dashboard slides down and you can add a bookmark with a url or import your content from other sites. On the explore page you are presented with recent updates from Second Brain users and have the option of seeing recent collections as well. A collection is useful because you can separate your content into groups that you can easily go back to. For instance, if I wanted one for only design inspiration, I could create a collection and only add the articles or videos that I want to keep in it. You can either share your collections or have the option of keeping it private.

There is also a People page where you can see recent people who have signed up, the most followed, most viewed etc. When you follow people you can go to your homepage and their recent updates feed into yours for you. Another cool feature is the tag cloud. Second Brain collects all the tags from your services and creates a tag cloud for you that keeps all of them together. It’s nice when I want to see everything tagged Design that I’ve ever marked in another service.

Final Thoughts

One thing that I wish it had was a way to look at the users personal website. If I’m going to follow someone on Twitter I scan over what they’re saying then I look at their site to see who they are, usually gives you a very good impression. If they had that I think it’d be a good idea to have your own sites RSS feed added in your Second Brain.

I’m glad I signed up for Second Brain and I will continue to use it, I’m sure in the future it will get nothing but better. Anything that makes my life easier is okay with me.

Second Brain Contest - Win a MacBook AirAnother reason to sign up is their sweet contest to win a Macbook Air and other prizes. If you sign up a new account and have great content, you could be picked to win. There are a ton more features that I didn’t mention that you just have to check out yourself, ya I said it.

54 thoughts on “Second Brain – Aggregate Your Content Libraries the Easy Way

  1. Hi there and thank you for posting a review and introducing SecondBrain to your community of readers! I really appreciate you sharing your feedback and suggestions with us.

    I agree with you that we should add RSS feeds and have more options for viewing personal web sites.

    I will try to bump those up in our product roadmap. Right now we’re very busy with the final stages of our Beta 2 release, which should be out in two weeks or so.

    Thanks,
    Lars
    Founder/CEO
    SecondBrain.com

  2. Good post man. I’ll definitely check SecondBrain out tonight when I get home. It sounds like a useful tool. One of your previous posts was about useful mac apps and I downloaded a few of those, so I think I can trust you.

  3. Oh , i love to hear that i’m not the only one who has a problem remembering all on the internet. I’ve been looking at secondbrain.com – and it’s really smart, now I’m well organized :) – Thnx for sharing this idea.

  4. This certainly seems like a useful post, as the service seems to solve a problem many people have with favourite sites and multiple services. In fact, I have thought a couple of times of dropping some accounts and adding everything into the one source (I just couldn’t make up my mind which one!) But SecondBrain may be the answer I was looking for.

    Keep up the good work and let’s hope you produce more, equally useful reviews.

  5. This certainly seems like a useful post, as the service seems to solve a problem many people have with favourite sites and multiple services. In fact, I have thought a couple of times of dropping some accounts and adding everything into the one source..But SecondBrain may be the answer I was looking for.

  6. Hi,
    This certainly seems like a useful post, as the service seems to solve a problem many people have with favourite sites and multiple services. In fact, I have thought a couple of times of dropping some accounts and adding everything into the one source..But SecondBrain may be the answer I was looking for.

  7. Ilove to hear that I’m not the only one who has a problem remembering all on the internet. I’ve been looking at secondbrain.com – and it’s really smart, now I’m well organized :) – Thnx for sharing this idea.

  8. SecondBrain sounds interesting. I think that there is a great need for software that can gather, store and organise content from the web. I’ll take a look at it and see if it fits my needs,
    Thanks

  9. It’s so nice that you created the second brain. It helps me store important files or article on the internet. I’m glad that I found your blog. Thanks for posting, It is very helpful

  10. Second Brain was founded by Lars G. Teigen who also co-founded Making Waves, one of Norway and Poland’s leading design and technology services. The project completed its prototype and alpha stages back in November 2006 and the private beta was released in early February of this year. Second Brain’s vision is to be the central service for collecting and sharing knowledge in 2008.

  11. Second Brain was founded by Lars G. Teigen who also co-founded Making Waves, one of Norway and Poland’s leading design and technology services. The project completed its prototype and alpha stages back in November 2006 and the private beta was released in early February of this year. Second Brain’s vision is to be the central service for collecting and sharing knowledge in 2008

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