New website Squirl.info offers a place to show off your own collection and meet other crazy people just like you.
In the fall of 2005, John McGrath was given a collection of 3000 45rpm records. When he couldn’t find a place to catalog them online, he contacted his lifelong friend, Steve de Brun, with the idea of creating an online media library. Steve envisioned a much broader scope for a collecting website and, after brainstorming with his wife, came up with the name. Squirl launched in August 2006.
Squirl serves most collectors including those with a passion for sports memorabilia and cards. The site has already been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal. CNet called it "part Yahoo, part eBay, part MySpace and part Flickr."
It’s essentially a site through which collectors can show pictures and offer descriptions of what they have and communicate with others who may share the same interests.
Squirl is a part of a new generation of social networking websites that allows users to generate the content, and therefore much of the look and feel, of a site. In Squirl’s case, that content is collections that have long been displayed on walls, on shelves, or in basements. Collectors naturally love to share their collections, and Squirl provides a venue for doing so.
With over 30 templates for different categories of collectibles, batch uploading of images, and the ability to import books, movies, music, and video games from Amazon, creating image- and information-rich collections on Squirl takes only a few minutes. Members can easily add descriptions of their collections and individual assets and can customize the behavior of their collections with various sort and display options.
"Many people end up putting their collections in storage once they get to a certain size," Squirl co-founder Steve de Brun explains. "These things then rarely see the light of day until the collector wants to sell or exchange them. Squirl breathes new life into peoples’ collections, and allows them to make connections with other passionate collectors."