Someone please tell me why we need Brainify.com. Brainify is yet another social bookmarking site and joins the likes of del.icio.us and ma.gnolia. What is the distinguishing feature of Brainify? It is restricted to people who have a .edu e-mail address. Say what! Yep, it is a restricted social network. In the off-line world such things are called clubs and popular opinion is that clubs are composed of like-minded individuals. I’m pretty sure that restricting something to like-minded individuals is bad and stifles growth and exploration. So why in the world would someone want to develop such a site when we have open communities like del.icio.us and ma.gnolia? You can read more in the Chronicle article.
Brainify.com *scratches head*
5 responses to “Brainify.com *scratches head*”
As a student, I think Brainify makes sense. When I go there I wanna see what’s relevant to me. Delicious won’t give me higher level content, nor will ma.gnolia.
University professors and student like minded? Your university must be different than mine.
I already have places where I can “join the world”. I like the idea of a place for people with common interests (education). What do you find so strange about common-interest communities? They exist and are very successful all over the world. Brainify seems like a good idea to me.
I see your point, but I don’t agree.
I think delicious is not that useful as a student. Purpose-built sites (such as brainfy) can offer more to their intended audience. You lose something by trying to be something to everyone.
I dont see brainifiy as a club. I see it as a community. I belong to other communities that I benefit from. Just because only certain people can join, does not make it bad.
Only certain people can attend universities. Does that make all universities bad? I think not.
Sometimes we can make real progress without necessarily satisfying every ideal – as nice as that might be.
I hope it succeeds.