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New Microsoft Data-collecting webapp: Thumbtack

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Posted by dan7000
Jan 2, 2009 at 06:39 PM


Thought y’all might be interested.  http://thumbtack.livelabs.com/


Posted by Ken
Jan 3, 2009 at 09:45 PM


From their FAQ:

“Thumbtack stands apart in its ability to introspect on incoming data in order to automatically classify it and extract structure from it using machine learning.”

Yes, but can it be explained in plain language?



Posted by Daly de Gagne
Jan 4, 2009 at 06:31 PM


I bet the folks most interested in this web-based software from MS are the developers of Evernote 3. When I looked at Thumbtack’s sample collection I thought immediately of EN.

dan7000 wrote:
>Thought y’all might be interested.  http://thumbtack.livelabs.com/
> > 


Posted by jamesofford
Jan 4, 2009 at 06:56 PM


Looks really cool. I took a look at the little show that they have, and I think that if it does all of the stuff that it says it will, and without s major breakdown in throughput, it could be very nice to use. I am assuming that this is the brainchild of Ray Ozzie, because it is nothing like anything that came out when Bill G. was at the helm.

I use Devonthink on the desktop to do some of the same things, and despite the current popularity of ” Cloud Computing” I like to have stuff locally so that when the network connection dies, or is just not available, I can still have access to stuff that I saved.

Still, Thumbtack is worth a look.



Posted by Tom S.
Jan 4, 2009 at 10:26 PM


I’m not too sure I don’t like Google Notebook better than this.  True, there are no thumbnails but the Firefox plugin for GNB make it awfully convenient.

The gadgets for Thumbtack look interesting but I’m not too sure I’d ever use them.

Maybe its a precursor to an online OneNote.  I guess its worth keeping an eye on.

Tom S.


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