Thoora users can create attractive web spaces on any topic they like. The application helps users construct a single resource to house all the content they deem worthy of the topic they are focusing on. The user can curate each page so content can be expanded upon as the user discovers more videos, images, news, feeds and Tweets. The content is presented with a snippet and headline that the user can click on to access the original source. Thoora pages can be followed and shared. Items are assigned a popularity rank as well as a link that allows the user to view similar items. Although users can create Thoora pages on any topic they like, the site seems to favor tech related topics.
Thoora was founded in March of 2008. Thoora was in private beta for the first 2 years. The application has received generally positive feedback however some users are anxiously awaiting the addition of an iPhone and iPad version. The current version only supports an Android mobile application (along with the website, of course). The application’s ability to sustain interest may depend heavily on the speed that it expands its capabilities to include the Apple platform. Thoora was shut down on December 15th, 2011.
Along with creating new topics, users can follow topics to access important updates, news and content quickly without scouring multiple resources. This isn’t a totally new concept, however Thoora makes it exciting by adding a technical element that helps the user refine the results they are provided. Thoora’s algorithm sorts good content and learns as the user interacts with it. The user can hand pick items or let Thoora add its own suggestions, which improve as it learns more about the user’s interests.
Thoora gives users a colorful setting to begin their search for good content on their favorite topics. The application favors hints of bright colors that create a pleasant contrast against the dark header that remains firmly attached at the top of each page. Content is sorted using categories while each individual item is listed below the selected button. This gives Thoora a very organized appearance that allows the user to move easily from one type of content to the next.
A new user can join the Thoora community by clicking the white “Sign Up” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. A pop up box appears and asks the user to provide an email address, username and password. The user must also check a small box in the lower, left hand corner to confirm their acceptance of the Thoora terms of service. A pop up message will advise the user that they must check their email inbox for a verification message. This must be accessed to log in to the user’s Thoora account.
Thoora is available to all users for free. The user only has to create an account to gain access to all of the application’s current features. Thoora is still in beta, so it is possible that there may be changes in the future (although this is not yet indicated on the website). Free access is a good way to encourage users to make Thoora a regular part of their internet checking process as well as to convince users to start new topics not yet added to the Thoora community.
Thoora is ideal for anyone who follows several topics online at any given time. Users can cut down on reading news stories, watching videos and other daily exploring by adding their favorite topics to their Thoora account and letting the application do the sorting. Users can also share what they know by creating a new topic. Those who do not check the internet for news and other updates frequently can get by without the help of Thoora.