TrailMeme allows users to tell stories through online resources. The site provides users with tools that allow them to map, or “blaze trails.” By blazing trails, the user can associate each resource in the order the believe it should appear. This allows users to create clear, easy to understand trails that others can follow to learn about a story or specific topic. For example, users can tell the history of their favorite hobby by linking resources in the order they feel makes the most sense. This helps other users follow the TrailMeme path to gather information and learn about the hobby without wading through everything posted online about it.
TrailMeme is a part of Xerox, which is a new online publishing technology. The Xerox Corporation was formed in 1999 and currently acts as a virtual research laboratory. Xerox is focused on innovation and finding new, better ways to do things on the internet. With the help of users, Xerox corporation has come up with some very interesting ways to share information and publish online.
TrailMeme allows users to show a relation between various online resources. The site stands out in the way it allows users to tell a story through the things they find online. The internet is a huge place with many resources, some of which are better than others. With TrailMeme, users can accurately tell a story or share information with what they feel are the best resources. Creative individuals can find other stories to tell through TrialMeme.
The TrailMeme website has a very professional grey color scheme highlighted with hints of pleasant blue and vibrant green. Stylish graphics and easy navigation compliment the site’s functionality. A short video helps explain the purpose of TrailMeme to new users. The site does not contain obnoxious advertisements or a lot of clutter, which makes for a very positive user experience. All navigation tools are easy to find and the site’s features are simple enough for even a new internet users to master.
A new user can sign up for TrailMeme by clicking the blue “Sign In / Sign Up” button at the top right hand corner of the homepage. Users are taken to the registration form, which can be found highlighted in soft gold beside the login area. New users are asked to supply a username, email address, and password. After checking the terms of service agreement (and unchecking the email updates opt in, if the user prefers to not receive those) they can complete registration by clicking the blue “Sign Up” button.
Anyone can use TrailMeme at no cost. The site offers a unique function, but does not provide features that would warrant a premium membership. That doesn’t mean they won’t add to the site in the future. For now, anyone can register and use TrailMeme at no cost. This is also helpful for the site because more users will be enticed to stop by and blaze their own trails, adding to the existing collection of “stories” on TrailMeme.
Users who spend a great deal of time exploring the internet can really enjoy TrailMeme. The ability to blaze a trail relies on the user locating relevant online resources. This is best done by someone who already has a significant collection on the topic they plan to map through TrialMeme. That doesn’t mean a causal internet user can’t enjoy TrailMeme, however they may have to spend some time searching and reviewing online resources to find ones that fit.