Web/iOS/Android: Springpad is one of our favourite services to help you get organised, keep track of articles, products and places that interest you, and share them with your friends, but today's update brings a completely fresh look to the Springpad site that makes it even more useful and fun to use.
All of the basic features are still there: you can still create notebooks for anything you're interested in and add items to them to keep your ideas organised. If you're looking for new music, you can create a music notebook and add albums from your favourite artists to it as you stumble on them as a reminder you want to look them up and listen to them later. When you add one, links to buy the album are automatically added so you don't have to hunt them down later.
If you have friends with particularly good taste in music, you can invite them to the notebook to share their suggestions too, and you can invite as many friends as you like — they can only see the notebooks that you want them to see. Similarly, you can browse your friends public Springpad profiles and follow any notebooks they've made available to the public.
The new layout makes it particularly easy to add and organise your Springpad notebooks. Notebooks are now organised by tiles, and you can tag, sort and filter them. If all of this sounds a little Pinterest-y to you, it should. When I was testing the new site and features, I definitely thought the designers took a few visual cues from Pinterest, but Springpad has been around a lot longer and positioned itself as less of a social network and more of a utility to help you organise your life with the help of your friends. The social features are useful, but at its core Springpad is more than just a place to share the stuff you find on the web. Do you use Springpad? Let us know what you think about the new design and features in the comments below.