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TipBin Launches Tip Sharing Community

TipBin is a recently launched web site that developer Christian Cantrell touts as “Yahoo! Answers, but without the questions.” The idea behind TipBin is that people will share, recommend, and discuss tips on any topic without prompts. That could include things like how to find better airline deals to how to refill printer ink cartridges to how to cook a better bundt cake.

The site is organized by tags and members can bookmark their favorite tips. Tips can be sorted by most recent, most recommended, most bookmarked, or most discussed, and they can be searched.

“Bacon is a delicious breakfast meat that is sure to please any guest (errr almost any.) However, it is important to remember the following: * While cooking the bacon, you should cover as much of your skin as possible. More simply put, never cook bacon naked.” — Tip from An_advrider

TipBin immediately brought to mind Daytipper, which is a similar, though more polished, tips community. There are some subtle differences between the two sites. Daytipper, for example, uses categories to organize tips, while TipBin uses tabs. TipBin relies on its users to keep the community clean via flagging of inappropriate posts, Daytipper, meanwhile, has an editorial team that approves tips (of 23,000 submitted so far, just over 5,000 have been accepted, and only 2,600 published).

Also, Daytipper uses a Yahoo! Answers-type up/down voting approach to determine the most useful tips. TipBin, on the other hand, utilizes a more straight-forward recommendation system. Of course, the biggest difference might be that Daytipper pays $3 for published tips.

Cantrell tells me that so far he has only shared TipBin with a few close friends and family members (the site has just over 30 members and a couple of hundred tips added to the system. If Daytipper is any indication of the size of this market, there may be 20,000 unpublished tips out there that could find a home at TipBin.

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