Noovo is a life-streaming, blogging, bookmarking, and lots of other stuff application that just came out of private beta. It labels itself a âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬social discovery engineâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ and recommends are definitely a big part of the package.
Noovo is based in Slovenia in Palo Alto with R&D in Slovenia and one of its major investors is Esther Dyson, so there must be something here. The service isn’t easy to understand right up front, since it seems like a huge mash of a lot of other services, but once you get the idea, it becomes like Tumblr, but with a lot more features.
This app’s biggest strength is its recommendations engine. Without that, it would be just like most other content aggregators. With it, it becomes a great tool that shows intuitive automated recommends.
Noovo’s designers have a lot of ways to explain how this automated recommendation system works. âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬State of the art deep graph miningâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ and âˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨â‰ˆÃ¬advanced algorithmsâˆšÂ¢â€šÃ‡Â¨Â¬Ã¹ are generally proffered as explanations. Whatever it is, it works.
One of the strongest reasons it works so well is it’s integration with dbpedia (Wikipedia’s structured data version). Using this, it can give item-based recommends based on user and social network behaviors.
Overall, Noovo is a great site with some awesome strengths that those who can’t live without content sharing. It won’t replace your social networking, but it can augment it. Definitely a good find here.