Launched: August 29, 2005? (based on earliest date in forum)
Creator: Tom Mascord
Location: UK (based on listal.com whois information)
Listal is a very early beta product that allows you to catalog, tag and share your physical media. At this point it is free.
While functionality is currently limited (heck, it’s only a few days old), the site clearly anticipates upcoming features and it looks like it can become quite useful. Since there are limited solutions for organizing physical media using your computer, I like where this is going.
Once you’ve registered, you can tell it the books, music, movies and games (physical media) you own. There is also a nice ajax interface to tag items and rate them. Your listal stuff is public – ours is at techcrunch.listal.com. For now, there is no way to make any part of the list private.
- Add products via search, amazon ASIN number or ISBN (for books)
- Group items with custom themed lists
- Tag items
- Rate Items
- Add Wanted Items
- Write and read reviews of items
I also want to mention a wonderful and similar product called Delicious Monster (Mac-only and not browser-based, you have to download software). In addition to an award winning design, DM also allows users to simply point a digital video camera at any bar code and capture the media information without typing a single thing in.
Delicious Monster launched in November 2004 and racked up sales of $250k in its first month (the product is $40). It is also (or was) headquarted in a Seattle coffee house.
If Listal can become as good as Delicious Monster, they’ll have something.