LookSmart, Ltd. (NASDAQ:LOOK), an online advertising and technology solutions company, announced today the release of a redesigned version of Furl, a leading social bookmarking tool (www.Furl.net), improving the user interface and platform.
Furl enables members to bookmark, annotate, and share web pages, creating a personalized index for each Furl user. Furl’s combination of personal and community indices helps users organize relevant, interesting content, which has become increasingly important as the volume of online content has grown exponentially.
“With 1.6 million registered users and 26.7 million pages already bookmarked on Furl, we believe these improvements will strengthen our position as a leader in the increasingly competitive bookmarking space,” said Ted West, LookSmart’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “The improved platform was built to scale as Furl continues to increase its presence across the web. The new user-interface offers a more refined, intuitive look and feel. Combined, we expect these improvements to drive further increases in registered users and additional growth in saved items.”
Through its unique feature set Furl has quietly attracted a loyal following of users who will continue to benefit from key functionality offered by the new platform:
- Cached-Copy Archiving - Users can save a complete cached copy of the page, preventing their bookmarks from suffering from ‘link-rot’.
- Smarter Search - Users have the option to search both their personal archive and community archives for relevant results.
- Import / Export - Researchers have the flexibility of multiple bibliographic exporting formats (MLA, APA, etc.) making research collection easier.
- Recommendations - Furl’s algorithm recommends compelling content and other Furlers with similar interests.
The platform was rebuilt from the ground up using Ruby on Rails, a popular open-source web framework that allows the Furl team to rapidly develop new features.
About LookSmart, Ltd.
LookSmart is an online advertising and technology company that provides performance solutions for online advertisers and publishers. LookSmart offers advertisers targeted, pay-per-click (PPC) search advertising, contextual search advertising, and display banner advertising via its Advertiser Networks; and an Ad Center platform for customizable private-label advertiser solutions for online publishers. LookSmart is based in San Francisco, California. For more information, visit www.looksmart.com or call 415-348-7500.
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