Recently I’ve been Beta testing Tangler. A web2.0 start up from Sydney, Tangler has been in production for the last 18 months.
It’s an instant messaging and communication browser based app that is honed around a concept they call ‘Instant Grouping’.
It’s like static forums – except it’s live. It’s instant messaging but on a group basis.
Instant grouping means that any number of people can take part in conversations around topics of interest they find on the web or in other applications. The application allows users to subscribe to a group – which can then be linked to any number of blogs, websites, music files (in iTunes or other apps), a point on a map or anything else. The conversations are persistent so you don’t need to be there when other people are and the desktop application will notify you when something new happens in a group.
So far – I’m enjoying what I see. It still feels ‘forum-esq’ and I’m yet to ‘really’ experience the live nature of this – but then again I also need to spend a little more time on this than what I have to date. Some of the groups already established are providing some nice information and communities are forming quickly. It seems many of the people that were invited to test this have really embraced it.
There’s a few glitches here and there – but then again, that’s the reason for Beta. I’ve noticed on several occasions that some people fail to realise this and get quite upset when things don’t work as expected.
Tangler is set to launch from Beta in a couple of months. Keep ’em peeled. Or ask me for an invite if you want to check it out.