TinkrBox provides an uncommon service that allows users to essentially create a “box” of online resources, collected and compiled as the user sees fit. The site takes hyperlinks and converts them into real content. Users can then access this content through their designated boxes to access multiple resources focused on a single topic at once. Rather than paging through many different locations and using a number of browsers to review information and media, TinkrBox brings it all together in a manageable application.Show more screenshots »
In December of 2009, TinkrBox beta was released to the virtual world. Prior to its release, the creators were looking for ways to help users compile a mix of unique media and online resources into a single location. The concept was to incorporate all these different items into a single, viewable setting so the user could review everything at once. Today, TinkerBox has expanded upon this concept with additional features including email notifications and address book modifications.
Rather than focus on one or two types of media, TinkrBox has created an environment that allows users to collect and view many. Hyperlinks are simplified and access can be obtained from any location with a computer and the internet. Social networking aspects have also been incorporated, allowing users to share their compilations, or “boxes” with other users. TinkrBox essentially gives users a new way to package groups of information, resources and media and deliver them to others or store them for their own use.
The softly colored website design sets the stage for a pleasant viewing experience while navigating TinkrBox. The homepage provides new users with quick access to account creation as well as fast links to connect to Facebook and Twitter accounts. After logging in, new users may be a little intimidated by the information presented. Upon closer inspection, most of these are easily discernable, but will require some reading to work through. Profile details can also be updated from the main user account page.
Account creation on TinkrBox is very simple and takes a few seconds. Click on the “no account? Register” tab on the user login box. From there, users are prompted to enter three vital pieces of information: name, a valid email address and a password. After clicking the terms of service agreement box, users must verify their email address prior to accessing TinkrBox features. The activation message arrives within seconds.
Currently, users can access all TinkrBox features at no cost. The site is currently still in its beta stage, so whether this will be the case later is uncertain. At this point, no comment has been made to indicate the site will eventually charge users for access. Visitors can watch the company blog by clicking the link on the homepage to monitor changes as they are announced.
TinkrBox offers a new way to compile links and media resources for educational and entertainment purposes. These two purposes appeal to a wide range of users, from the information-curious to users looking for a new way to celebrate their interests. TinkrBox can also be shared so information can be passed from user to user, making it new way to inform a community of people about a topic. If it can be found on the internet, it can be included in a user “box.”