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tldr: Making Online Discussions Manageable

tldr is an application for navigating through large-scale online discussions. The application visualizes structures and patterns within ongoing...

Jim Moscater
Jim Moscater on January 12, 2010.

Although there are many places to engage in group discussion on the Internet – news outlets, blogs, social media, etc – there is little available to users in regard to effectively navigating through all of the information available in an exchange that may involve hundreds or thousands of people.

tldr is an application that assists users in managing the information contained in a large-scale online exchange. It provides a visualization of patterns and structures in ongoing conversations so the user can access the content that is most relevant to them. Other features include thread summarization, non-linear navigation, and multi-dimensional filtering- so users may access the content they want when they want it.

Although the application has not been released yet, it’s available for use in discussions on Reddit.

This slideshow of visualizations shows how tldr works in an online conversation.

[via O'Reilly Radar]

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