i’ve been doing some beta testing of ma.gnolia lately.
you know. I really wanted to like it, but somehow I don’t.
its very much like del.icio.us, in that its a ‘social bookmarking’ site.
ma.gnolia is much, much more beautiful (although, there are a few places where the interaction design is a little… surprising), but then, I think it was Mark Pesce who said that del.icio.us was the most useful tool with the ugliest interface on the internet. (and I’m sure he’s not the only one who’s said that either).
ma.gnolia also pushes the social thing a little harder, with groups and people taking a more significant role in the site structure and functionality. in that respect, its a little more like Flickr than Del.icio.us – your access to interesting content (on that site) is structured around your relationship with other users and groups of likeminded people.
given that its only in beta phase, so not heavily populated, and that I didn’t know anyone else who was beta testing… this didn’t really work for me. In fact, it just made me feel kind of sad and lonely (sob). And made me wonder why I would want to ditch del.icio.us for Ma.gnolia. Frankly, there’s no incentive for me to do so at the moment. Except the prettiness… and that’s not really enough.
I kept expecting to see a way that I could keep del.icio.us and ma.gnolia accounts in synch with each other. And I was hoping for more interesting functionality. I guess the groups aspect does solve one of the problems that I have with de.licio.us at the moment, which is that it kind of falls down as a collaborative tool because you can’t see who is adding what links to the account (you have to share a log in)… and its interesting to see who is adding the links, it adds context and meaning to their inclusion. So that’s a good thing. I’m not sure if you can have private groups on ma.gnolia… but if you could then perhaps I’d use it rather than de.licio.us when compiling links collaborative for projects. It might impress the clients a little more too, due to its prettiness.
Overall though, there’s not enough that’s different and better about Ma.gnolia to make me want to jump ship from del.icio.us. Perhaps that will change once there’s a critical mass on board… it will be interesting to see where all the cool kids choose to play.
meanwhile, i’m going to refuse to write anything more about sites that have such annoying punctuation all the way through their names. it annoys the crap out of me.