Facebook. Twitter. Tumblr. So many content outlets, so little time — which is why a new startup is offering a tool where you can collect your content and thoughts, and publish to your various accounts.
Called Shareist and currently in a public beta release, the tool allows a user to collect content in an inbox, such as images, excerpts or your own thoughts, and to post content into separate notebooks with text, images or video. The user can also log into another service, such as a WordPress-based blog, and publish the posting from Shareist.
Evernote, Meet Hootsuite
The company offers several typical use cases.
For someone wanting to create an e-Book, the inbox provides a scrapbook where a user can collect thoughts and content that can then be exported as an e-Book. There’s also the affiliate marketer, who needs a place to collect links to stores with affiliate programs before utilizing those links.
Shareist offers bloggers a location to store your thoughts, as well as inspiring articles from around the web, and tracks topics of interest on social media.
Co-founder Scott Jangro has described the new tool as “Evernote meets Hootsuite.” Evernote provides software designed for notetaking and archiving, and Hootsuite offers the ability to manage a number of social media networks from one location.
Or, as the Shareist website proclaims, it is a “place to dump your ideas when you have them, safely out of your head so you can come back to them when you’re ready to write,” publish or otherwise share them.
The Nexus of You
Shareist is only the latest tool to help you manage in an age where you sit at the nexus of incoming and outgoing streams of information.
For instance, another startup, Kitedesk, recently released a beta application which is designed to integrate “cloud-flipping” between repositories of online information, by organizing messages, contacts, calendar events and documents from Facebook, Google Apps, Twitter and Dropper, into customized news feeds.
In Kitedesk’s typical use case, a freelancer has both personal and business email accounts at Gmail, uses Google Drive for submitting expense reports, has Dropbox for transferring story photos, and has both personal and business accounts at Facebook and Twitter. Kitedesk extracts the information from each account and re-assembles them into project, person or time-related streams.
Now Kitedesk and Shareist aren't the same type of product, but both point to the overwhelming amount of social networks and information we each maintain and how one tool can help pull some of that together to make life a little easier — all we all need life to be a little easier don't we?