Trailmeme is a way of creating a bookmarked path through online resources. Unlike traditional bookmarking, you can link sites together using trails, therefore creating a route along related online materials. Traditionally you could keep related bookmarks together in your web browser by adding them all to the same folder, but this doesn’t show you how the items are related. Trailmeme is also an online application, which means you can easily share your trail of links with other users.
At first look I can think of a few decent uses for this tool.
(1) A record of how you got from site A to B & the places inbetween – handy for personal use, research or as a thought process trail.
(2) Providing tutorials linking related resources.
(3) Creating subject resources or guides – suggested prefered resources, but with the ability for those following your trailmeme to branch off elsewhere.
Depending upon your reason for creating a specific trail you will want to include different types of links. For example, if you’re creating a tutorial trail you don’t necessarily want your students to see the in-depth thought process trail that led you to choose some links instead of others.
You can set up a trailmeme with a specific theme (eg Java programming), give it a title, tag it and organise the links in it.
I’ve decided to set up a Java programming trail, partly as a thought process trail and partly as a subject guide and over the course of a few blog posts I’ll be going through the process to illustrate what you can do with it.
(to be continued…)