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SecondBrain Wants to Give Your First Brain a Rest

SecondBrain lifestreaming

SecondBrain is a social aggregator that sure does look pretty. It wants to be the place you store all your content: images, bookmarks, Twitter messages and more. It currently supports twenty different sites.

SecondBrain’s service is foremost about organizing your own content. Other lifestreaming services, such as FriendFeed, focus more on sharing it with your friends. SecondBrain Collections allow you to curate your content into groupings. Those collections each have an RSS feed, so they can be syndicated elsewhere.

By bringing all your content in one place, SecondBrain has the opportunity to become a platform in addition to a site. While it promises “feeds for everything,” that is not yet true. For example, one of the niftiest features of SecondBrain is the master tag cloud. Individual tags don’t have their own RSS feed, so there’s no way for me to build off of their aggregation.

Another issue bound to upset many is that SecondBrain requires your login information for many of the external sites it aggregates. Even services with public-facing data (i.e., Twitter, del.icio.us) can only be added to your SecondBrain account if you trust it with your credentials.

SecondBrain could be an aggregator worth building off of, but it has a few kinks. The best news of all is that they’re listening: SecondBrain has a GetSatisfaction page.

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