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Listiki offers a smart way of gathering public opinion through crowdsourced lists

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Listiki (a portmanteau of the words “list” and “wiki”) lets you crowdsource lists of, well, anything. This could be something as trivial as a list of the ‘top ten horror movies’ or something more self-serving like, I don’t know, ‘5 must-read tech bloggers’. Lists can be as short or as long as you like and each item may also include a URL.

But here’s the clever bit: any list can, effectively, be cloned so that you can re-order items to your own taste (via drag ‘n’ drop) or even add, delete and/or replace them. Any changes made are interpreted in real time and ripple through to a ‘master’ list, aggregating the opinions of all contributors but without destroying your own version of the list. You can also, of course, view the original lists of other contributors to that subject. It’s pretty neat.

Overall, Listiki is pitching itself as a list-building platform which allows you to gather and share opinions. Whereas polls are “linear, single-selection tools” and forums, Twitter, Facebook, and blog comments are more conversational but less structured, “organizing things into lists comes extremely naturally to people”, say its makers.

And while list creation tools, fairly simple in nature, is already quite a crowded space, Listiki says its solution differs from competitors like Listology, which allows users to create individual lists that aren’t editable by others, or editor created list sites such as Listverse. However, Listphile, a user-generated list site that supports multiple authors, and Path.io (co-founded by Sean Fanning of Napster fame), which is still in private beta, would appear to be more direct competitors.

With that in mind, on Listiki’s road map are plans to add better support for media, user profiles, private/invite-only lists, embedding of lists, geolocation and better discovery, and an API so that third-parties can build on top of the site’s data.

Listiki, co-founded by Alex Schleifer, Constantinos Demetriadis and Davina Economou, is based in Cyprus. The startup is seed funded by Athens, Greece-based OpenFund.

  • gregorylent

    can you, say, rate governments? … or use it for voting/consensus-creating? …

    we need more precise ways for discovering collective consciousness … and measuring it

  • http://www.jeanmariegall.com/2010/07/27/listiki-vous-permet-de-trouver-crer-et-partager-des-listes-de-choses-que-vous-aimez/ Listiki vous permet de trouver, créer et partager des listes de choses que vous aimez | Jean-Marie Gall.com

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  • V

    BTW, “listiki” means “little sheets” or “little leaves” in Russian.

    • M

      …so wot… who cares?

      • joko

        everyone but your momma

  • http://www.theopenfund.com Georgios Kasselakis

    Actually there’s nothing preventing you from adding anything you like. Any sort of list, and sort of item in them.

    For example I keep adding “moar bacon!” and the collective intelligence of the users filters out my additions.

  • http://ubelly.com/2010/07/listiki-releases-crowdsourcing-widget-3-weeks-left-to-switch-to-oauth-and-lemmings-on-windows-phone-7/ Listiki Releases Crowdsourcing Widget, 3 Weeks Left to Switch to OAuth and Lemmings on Windows Phone 7 : Underbelly

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  • http://www.toptendency.com Karl Lautman

    You omitted TopTendency from your list of list sites.

  • http://excelseer.com excelseer

    Sounds interesting. Am going to give it a go. ;-)

  • Julie Wong

    How is it different from Ta Da Lists from 37 Signals?

  • Jonathan

    These names have got to stop… List iki

  • Luke

    I… I’m just lost for words at why this site doesn’t have a ‘sort by popularity/votes’ option in the directory section. It’s usually the default! Hardly anything seems to have more than 5 or so votes, so my first thought is, oh, I wonder what the most number of votes on a list is…

    Too bad, because it’s a fantastic idea, and otherwise really well implemented. Nice design, drag and drop. Drag and drop people!!!

    So yeah, add the ‘most votes’ sorting option already!

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  • http://www.inventionland.com InventionMan

    This is nice, but is there a service that allows you to create a list that can be easily shared via a widget?

    • Steve O'Hear

      As I say in the post, embedding lists is on the road map.

  • Harry March

    Nice idea, still seems very beta. I had trouble adding new items (sometimes the overlay would overflow the screen) and after adding items everything I had removed from my own ranked list would be re-added. I reordered my ranked list a couple times but every time I revisited it the order would be shuffled. I was going to share this with some friends but I don’t think it’s ready yet.

    • Shaun

      Works for me.

      • Harry March

        I’m sure it does. You and I are looking at different lists, possibly in different browsers and operating systems. Maybe I’m using different features than you are. There are a lot of variables, and one or more of them is causing it to break in several different ways on my system and give me a bad experience. And if I’m having a bad experience, I don’t want to subject my friends to the same experience.

  • Andrew

    Isn’t this a rip off of http://10bestthings.com? an inferior one at that?

  • Andrew
    • http://www.theopenfund.com Georgios Kasselakis

      Listiki is about allowing users to create and reorder any sort of list collaboratively. The site you mention appears to be editorial-oriented right?

      Lists of 10-best-insert-sth are just one of the things you can do.

      For example we use it for meeting agenda items with a password protected list. Other could dump favorite books, music etc.

  • Shaun

    There is always going to be somebody out there that has the same idea/concept regardless of when they push it forward. It’s about doing it and doing it right. Listiki is still in beta with a lot more to come. I’m looking forward to the new features!

  • http://www.FrankRank.com FrankRank Rankings

    FrankRank.com allows users to rank and re-rank popular lists across all categories by dragging and dropping, creating their own popular lists, and sharing with others via social media platforms. Rankings stay up to date based on an algorythm of when each user ranked a popular question. Check it out!

  • http://www.frankrank.com Jay Knocks

    I’ve been using a site called FrankRank.com that has been doing crowd-sourced and socialized lists for over a year now. You can track your rankings vs anyone else vs a popular vote. It’s all hooked into FB so signing up and sharing is pretty easy. Items within lists are reusable and lists can be reordered via drag-n-drop.

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  • http://SocialMediaListBuilding.Org Dennis Hampton

    Very nice article Steve. I work with small business owners teaching them how to leverage the Internet and increase their sales with social media list building. I am always searching for more great information on social media list building because their is always another new angle that is just around the corner and you don’t want to miss it. Again thanks for the great content.
    Dennis Hampton

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