The web is changing all right, and one way you can tell is by looking at the new tools coming down the pipe. Instead of heavy clunky web design programs and services, we’re seeing a definite rise in the number of quick and easy tools to create online content. At one end you’ve got the elegant and iconic Pinterest, and at the other you have tools like Tumblr. But that still leaves a gap to fill.
Tackk aims to fill the need for a cross between a micro-blogging platform and a simple image gallery type service, by offering a super easy (and we mean easy) way to post and share your content with friends, family, and anyone else who’s interested in what you have to say.
What’s really clever about the whole thing is how the developers have managed to limit the choice you have, while covering all the essentials, and at the same time making it so simple even your grannie could set a site up. Dropping a Facebook comment block or a Google map into your page is literally a one click job.
There’s no frills like positioning your element, click the button, add in the address and the map appears on the page in a central position on the page, in the order you chose. That’s it. It may sound restrictive, but in practice it means you can get all your essential information and interaction onto a web page in less time than it takes to brew a cup of finest Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee. Which is pretty awesome.
To add text or edit it, just click on the element on the page and go right ahead. There’s no complex editor or menu structure, you’re doing everything right there in the browser. Getting the idea? There’s also no need to register, you can start creating your page right away, you only need to sign up for the free registration if you want to retain your site for a longer period than a week.
There’s a small selection of themes to choose from, which demonstrate that the purpose of the service is not to provide a full blown website generator, but more of a noticeboard function. Think of things like selling a car, or promoting your small craft business or local plumbing service. After all when it comes down to it, how many small businesses really need anything more than a simple page explaining their offer and giving contact details?
All in all it’s a great little web app, and one we hope succeeds. It’s similar to the original vFlyer service, until it became big and unwieldy, and we think there’s plenty of room for these small micro-site services to survive and thrive once they get enough momentum. Time will tell, but for now, check it out and use it for promoting your next yard sale.