Thoof is a new bookmarking tool of sorts, creating a community to read and submit news stories, as well as continually develop the content that appears on the site. The site has just launched its public beta after 12 days of private testing.
As with most bookmarking tools such as Digg and Newsvine, you can submit links, a summary and tag words for each news item you add to the site. This can be done anonymously or as a registered member. Items you click on will be saved in your account for later access, and your personal preferences for new items will be determined based on the items you read. This is similar to StumbleUpon and Clipmarks.
While you can’t rate or rank items on Thoof, you can improve on what another user has included for a particular item: modify the title, link, summary or tag words to make each item better. If more than one user suggests modifications for an item, users can vote on which change should be kept.
The modification system is an interesting way of giving more control to the users, but the voting aspect of this system seems like it could get rather problematic once the user base grows. Thoof isn’t much in the way of social networking–you can see the username for each item submitted, but there’s no way to view their profile or become friends. If there were ranking involved for news items, this could be a good way to avoid particular users from leveraging their influence to get paid to digg. Once more content is added to the site, Thoof may want to consider adding categories for better organization of news items.
Thoof, Social Bookmarking, New Startup