Today there is a very positive article about Twine in ReadWriteWeb. Twine is a semantic bookmarking program that automatically categorizes your bookmarked articles. The ReadWriteWeb piece discusses the fact that Twine may soon surpass Delicious, Yahoo's bookmarking system, in terms of page views.
Now I would like to see Twine succeed. But one of the problems endemic to the semantic web space is the total failure to consider user interface. The last time ReadWriteWeb wrote about Twine, they were brutal regarding the quality of the user interface, but this time they are somewhat more kind.
But I have to say I just don't get it. Perhaps I am just too dumb or too unmotivated. But Twine is a bookmark manager, right? So I just have to ask one question. How do you bookmark something?
I am sure it is there somewhere on the homepage, but I certainly can't see where. Now to be clear this is a bit of a rhetorical question. If I really was focused I am sure I could figure out the steps to add a bookmark. But the point is I *don't want* to be that focused. I, like many people, need to be coaxed into an application. It needs to be easy, and there needs to be some obvious payoff. And I would submit that if there is not some big easy-to-see button on the front of a bookmark manager that says "bookmark" or something like it, then there is a problem.
Or perhaps Twine is just over my head.