MiddleSpot is a unique website that gives users another, unlimited way to compile things they find online. The user is presented with a surface that can be filled with anything they like. The entire concept is borderless, so items can be placed anyway the user prefers. The drag and drop interface makes it very easy for anyone to adapt to MiddleSpot. After designing a layout, which is called a “mashup,” the user can share it with friends or even ask others to collaborate with them on a MiddleSpot mashup. The search box on the Middlespot.com site allows the user to conduct searches in one of five categories – web, news, images, amazon or twitter. Search results are returned in thumbnail form, and doing a mouseover of a search item pops up a larger view of the item, with the option of adding it to the user's current mashtab. Recent searches are shown in the left-hand column of the Middlespot home page. Users have a Dashboard, which shows their recent mashtab activity, a summary of the types of searches they have performed, a summary of the content they have shared, and recent Twitter activity for Twitter searches they have conducted.Show more screenshots »
Although it has many uses, MiddleSpot was designed to be a new, innovative productivity tool. The creators wanted to design something that would stand out and give the user limitless possibilities to organize items the way they want to. The result was the MiddleSpot that users can access today, which has removed the borders that often confine other productivity and organizational tools.
There are many organizational tools out there, and many seem to function much the same way. MiddleSpot stands out in its approach to the task. Users can use the simple drag and drop interface to quickly design a mashup. There are no borders to get in the user’s way, which leaves it wide open for customization. MiddleSpot also makes it easy for users to collaborate on a mashup or share theirs so that an entire group can get the information or share input on the project or task.
MiddleSpot has a fun, stylish web design that really works for this type of productivity tool. The site features a friendly gold, green, and grey color scheme. Being unique doesn’t stop with the tool; the site also includes a few original design elements that are lacking in many other websites. For example, the MiddleSpot logo runs along one side of the page rather than across the top. The navigational links are represented by attractive blue, red and green icons. The entire homepage can be moved with the mouse, giving the user a taste of what they can expect from this unique tool.
A visitor can create an account by clicking on the blue name badge shaped icon at the top of the homepage. The icon is along the right side of the “my mashups” header. The sign in box will appear, with a small link to create an account at the bottom. After clicking the wide blue “Choose Plan” button, the user is asked for an email address and password. The site also states that the user does not have to create an account to begin their first mashup, however accounts allow the user to save and share them. Once the information has been entered, the user can click the gold button at the bottom to finish.
Users can begin creating mashups without an account. Those that create an account can enjoy the added bonus of saving and sharing their mashups. In both situations, all the current features and functions are available at no cost to the user. Anyone can create a mashup and use MiddleSpot for free.
Anyone searching for a flexible way to organize information can appreciate MiddleSpot. Mashups are ideal for organizing details or resources in a way that is logical and relevant. These can then be passed on to others for review, which can make sharing information much easier. The recipient will not have to guess at the relation of each piece of information. The user can design their mashup in a way that shows them visually.