June 4, 2011

Listgeeks – and the purpose is…

Posted by Dr. Laura Guertin

Listgeeks is a social network for creating, comparing, and sharing lists of “things.”  I first read about Listgeeks in a tweet by @museum140:

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Personally, I like the idea of going through an exercise to create “top 5” or “top 10” lists.  It makes me reflect upon where I am, where I’ve been, and what is important to me.  Although it is a good exercise for me, do I need to share this with the world?

I’m trying to think if there is an academic application of students sharing lists and exchanging ideas.  What exactly would the purpose be of creating the list?  Is there really an academic benefit, or even a social benefit?  When a user creates a list, a URL can be associated with each item in the list, allowing for a little more information and further exploration.

I guess I need to spend some more time with this tool to “get it.”  In the meantime, feel free to explore my lists for “Best Natural National Parks I Have Visited” and “Favorite Female Scientists.”

Here’s an introductory video to Listgeeks.