John

Scribd: “The YouTube for documents”

In News, Online on March 8, 2007 at 7:42 am

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Thanks to Michael Arrington, who maintains the excellent web start-up watchblog techcrunch, I learned about this little ingenious flash-app at scribd that allows you to upload and share documents as you would share videos on YouTube.

Scribd, a site for sharing documents, is coming out of private beta this morning with a fresh Angel investment of $300K on top of their original Y Combinator nest egg of $12,000. Scribd is most easily described as a text version of YouTube. It is a social network that lets you tag, share, and comment on uploaded documents (.doc, .pdf, .txt, .ppt, .xls, .ps, .lit).

Scribd is not just a carbon copy of YouTube. They borrowed a lot of the basic design principles, but also took advantage of the written format by including flexible file formats for download and upload along with some interesting analytics tracking. Documents can be displayed and embedded as html or the under-utilized, and faster-than-a-pdf, Flash paper format.

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