Open now to only a handful of users, Stellar could become a hit if Kottke can figure out how to make it complement existing services
Playing around on Twitter, I came across @yo_stellar, the handle for Jason Kottke's latest project. Intrigued, I followed a link back to his blog where Kottke, a former web designer who has been blogging at Kottke.org since 1998, explained the basics behind Stellar, a new web app/site designed to help you "discover and keep track of your favorite things online." A combination of the best that other social media platforms offer, the app is a way of aggregating your favorite things online and sharing them with others. While Kottke is still working on some bugs and invitations are limited (there are only a few dozen people using it right now) he did post links to the pages of some current users. I contacted him to find out more, but because the project is small and still a bit fluid, he referred me back to the original post.
I anxiously await my invite -- I'm not one of the lucky few with access -- but in the meantime I took a look at some of the sample, or "fave" pages, Kottke posted to get a sense of the project. From what I could tell, they look very similar to a Twitter feed and essentially serve a similar function. It's a place to collect text, pictures or videos that you enjoyed in one place and share them with others. Unlike Twitter, where tweets can only link to images, Stellar shows everything on the page, similar to a Tumblr dashboard. Also like Tumblr, under each fave-ed post there is the source of the original and links to other users who liked it.