Mapping the web – pearltrees

As I’m a visual kind of person, I like visual methods of mapping abstract information.  Which is pearltrees – part blog, part social media, part flow chart.

It is made up of “nodes” (the pearls). Each node is fully customisable – descritpions, notes,  custom icons, which are then anchored on a root node (the base of the tree).It sounds more complicated than it actually is, here is me prepping articles about the Rothschilds’ influence on UK politics for example:

My pearltree showing my bookmarks for The Rothschilds influence on UK politics

Mousing over a node will open up a mini view of the page linked to

What's that "Bloody Milton" thingie....? (click to visit/navigate)

Anyone can browse a pearltree, go on have a play – – however an account is needed to actually make one.

It’s fully web 2.0, with feeds for twitter, facebook et al, and you can also check for similar content in other users pearl trees, meaning you will often find things that interest you that you may not have normally come across. You can freely copy pearls from other trees, likewise they from yours and you can set up group curated perl trees.

Used in conjunction with browser add-ons (see below) it’s painless, and most importantly your trees are fully exportable. In other words it’s easy to back up and even more essential easy to take your shit and leave if you fall out.

The Nitty Gritty

The following browsers have add ons available for total integration:

google chrome, firefox.

While for IE. Safari or Opera – there’s a  bookmarklet.

Still puzzled?

Pearltree video presentation here:


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