Tuesday, March 28th, 2006

Touchstone: Web Attention on the Desktop

Category: Usability, Web20

<>p>After our recent story on NetJaxer, Chris Saad from Touchstone alerted us that he’s working on a similar concept.

(T)he idea of having a client-side heads-up-display to web-based apps is one that is a passion of mine.

I just wanted to let you know we have a similar solution (and a very firm strategy) that I’d love to get your feedback on!

You can find out more about it at www.touchstonegadget.com

From the manifesto

In a Web 2.0 world (where an increasing number of applications are moving to the web) Touchstone moves beyond ‘RSS as news’ and offers an opportunity for web-based applications to reach the user via an all-purpose client-side dashboard – even when the browser is closed.

With Touchstone, you can control and filter the flow of alerts from your company CRM application, the latest news from your favourite blogs and the progress of your downloads in one interface – an interface that could eventually follow you from device to device.

As with NetJaxer, it’s early days for Touchstone, which is currently in a limited-distribution alpha phase.

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I was involved in the first round of alpha testing and I can tell you these guys have their act together – it’s a very exciting idea and pulled off well!
:o)

Comment by Cassandra Shanks — March 28, 2006

I agree wholeheartedly, Cassandra. I was also one of the “lucky few” and was simply amazed at the possibilities. Im very much looking forward to the other alert widgets apparently built into the next alpha.
Go touchstone!

Comment by Billy Day — March 28, 2006

Look’s promising. Shame I’m not invited (hint). :(

Comment by Joe Anderson — March 28, 2006

Looked very interesting. I think touchstone needs to get some self-discipline to stay under the radar until they have a true “beta” product ready. Why? Their definition of their jargon – “rinsed” sounds to me like they are giving users the ability to create “googlets” or their own search engine rules. Which seems cool. But if google and others get a hold of that too soon, it gives them time to respond with their own product offering.

Comment by Dave Hemminger — March 28, 2006

I do remember a product (seemingly very similar to this) in the netscape 4 days (as in 99/00) that just ended up being annoying. If I can remember the name I’ll post it later (apologies), so good luck with this one.

Comment by Tarwin — March 28, 2006

I do remember a product (seemingly very similar to this) in the netscape 4 days (as in 99/00) that just ended up being annoying. If I can remember the name I’ll post it later (apologies), so good luck with this one…

Comment by Tarwin — March 28, 2006

Hi all. I’ve a tech news junkie with severe info overload. Sounds like Touchstone is just what I need.

I would love to try it out — anyone have an invitation to spare?

Thanks in advance.

jd

Comment by J.D. Wegner — September 15, 2006

Does anyone around here still have an invite? Would very much like to try Touchstone out.

Comment by DRV — January 25, 2007

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