Wordsmithing Made Easy: Here’s Something for your Toolkit

For the wordsmiths among us, who hasn’t stumbled across a word they’ve seen before but never knew what it meant? Or just can’t remember the meaning of the word because it’s been so long since using it? I’ve experienced it countless times, and have always resorted to Wikipedia, Dictionary.com or Merriam-Webster.com. Maybe you’re an aspiring writer who’s continually looking for the perfect word to complete your masterpiece. Well, you’re in luck. A new product from Agile Tortoise, aims to be your linguistic sidekick.

Greg Pierce originally founded Agile Tortoise in Dallas in 2006 as a consulting firm. And in his navigation around the web, he noted something missing from the typical word reference destinations — a clean user experience that was actually engaging and encouraged more interaction. So Pierce created a mobile app called Terminology. It’s available on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad. To accomodate web users and those not on the iOS platform, Pierce created term.ly. The goal was to make something with a Web 2.0 look-and-feel that people would want to return to time and again. Term.ly will auto-detect on mobile devices, so users on other mobile platforms like Android will be able to use the service just fine. Both Terminology and term.ly support sharing terms and phrases through your favorite social networks, like Twitter and Facebook.

In the future, there are plans to integrate term.ly into users’ websites and blogs to make sharing easier. Agile Tortoise is not seeking funding at the moment, as it prefers to go the route of organic growth, while the company focuses on niche apps and products. Some of Agile Tortoise’s latest creations are BoxFinder, which allows you to browse letterboxes (treasure hunts involving cracking codes and following clues to find a prize), and Tweeku, a tool that offers thesaurus lookups and lets authors store draft tweets for sending out the perfect tweet at a later time.

Here’s a sneak peek at Terminology in action.

Brad Anderson
beanderson@juno.com