BOLT, a new platform for collecting and sharing web pages, is exiting beta today. Somewhere between Pinterest, Evernote and Delicious, it is part of a growing number of social sharing sites that help users organize the abundance of online information. Users can “bolt” an entire webpage (sort of like “pinning”), select a thumbnail, and write a description underneath. Webpages that are “bolted” are saved on BOLT’s servers forever in the form of a “super screen capture”—even if the page gets taken down by the publisher, you’ll still have access to it in the form of a bolt with functioning links. Bolts can be organized into categories, which unlike Pinterest, can be public or private.
Besides a tool for organization, BOLT is a way to discover content. Scroll through your feed, follow other users, or explore categories like “digital design,” “technology,” “style,” and “food & drink.” As 10,000 Words has covered before, there are several ways journalists can use Pinterest, which also apply to BOLT. But because of the ability to make collections private, BOLT can be used to collect story ideas or organize research. Journalists can also use it to follow how a particular story is unfolding in the news, or compare how different outlets cover a certain story or issue. Read more