What is Findings.com?

Here’s a new social reading/note-sharing that seems to be part Delicious, part GoodReads: Findings.com

For online readers, Findings.com serves as a means “for collecting, sharing and discussing clips you find on your Amazon Kindle and from any website on the internet. Just import your Amazon Kindle Highlights with Findings and you can start sharing and discussing them with others instantly.”

In my opinion, one of the things which makes Amazon Kindle the best option for reading is the ability (and relative freedom compared to other ebook reading options) to share reading notes and highlights. Something like Findings.com makes perfect sense to build a platform — or even a reading network of sorts — that facilitates sharing and discovering based on reading notes. (Amazon has the basic idea: “What is the Kindle Social Network?”, but there’s obvious room for improvement).

ReadWriteWeb (“Findings.com Turns Marginalia into Discovery Engines”) shares some of the background of Findings.com, including Steven Johnson’s ideas about “tools for thinking” that helped shape the newly launched Findings website —

“The idea came about four years ago, when writer Steven Johnson wondered what it would be like to capture what someone was reading. Finding and capturing quotes is only one part of this service, though — its magic lies in the discovery aspects of the metadata.”

You can check out the Findings.com video here:

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