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If you’re fanatic about writing and keep lists, GetVega, a service which has just come out of private beta, could very well become one of your every-day must-have tools.
Based in France, GetVega comes to us courtesy of co-founders Yvan Wibaux and Mathieu Lemaire. While there is certainly no lack of great list-creating services online like ListGeeks or List.ly, which we reviewed here, GetVega sets itself apart from the competition by focusing almost entirely on visuals.
After creating your free account, you can start creating lists which are either public or private, and add items to the list directly from the site. You can populate your lists by adding links, and GetVega can then generate the information for your entry – including text and images. You can, of course, edit that information, and choose which images to include or exclude. If you’d rather add items to your list manually, you can upload images from your computer, or add images using direct links. Information accompanying your link can include a name, price, rating, address and category.
GetVega also comes with a handy bookmarklet and extension, making it easy to add items to your lists on the fly while you’re browsing, without having to open the GetVega site at all.
The final result is a beautiful grid for each item on your list.
Videos added to your GetVega lists can be played directly from the site.
Like Ourspot, which we reviewed yesterday, a site which brings group features to a Pinterest-like service, GetVega also brings group features to its list-creating service. You can add contributors to each of your lists, using their GetVega usernames, or invite them to share items on the list using their email address.
That is not the only social use for the site. Check out out the public lists where you can find and follow users or even individual lists.
With the fields available for each list item, GetVega can be used as a product comparison and review tool. You can create lists of products, write reviews and rate them. You can also use it simply as a social (or private) bookmarking site.
If you want to get a bit more creative with your GetVega lists, you can create a bucket list, you can keep track of books you’ve meaning to read, movies you want to watch, and more. You can use the site to plan for a trip, or a project you’re working on. There’s no limit to the kinds of lists you can create using GetVega.
It’s hard to find anything wrong with GetVega. After all, can you really go wrong combining lists with beautifully displayed photos? The site is, all at once, a great organizational tool and a beautiful visual tool. With enough of a social aspect to it, it can evolve into an interesting social network, while also affording users the option to use it as completely private tool. It really seems like GetVega’s founders thought of everything.
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