A new site for those moments when you want to say something profound or witty but you feel that someone else said it already –and better. Or you may simply be looking for some eInspiration.
At first glance, iWise is “Twitter for dead people,” says founder and CEO Edo Segal. You can find nuggets of wisdom from famous people about anything—love, change, happiness, truth. Then you can follow those people in your own “Wisdom Tree,” which is a feed of quotes from the people you follow. In my Wisdom Tree, for instance, I’m following Benjamin Franklin,George Orwell, Ernest Hemingway, the Dalai Lama, and Jim Morrison.
There is some integration with Twitter itself in that you can sign in using your Twitter account and Tweet out any particularly good quotes you want to share. When you search for a quote about a particular topic, iWise shows you results both from the quotes it indexes off the Web and Twitter. The results are presented in a flowing real-time stream, to give them a feeling of immediacy. You can also receive quotes in your Twitter feed once a day, but only as a private direct message. And there is even a free iPhone app (iTunes link), designed to give you a little bit of wisdom every day.
I created My Wisdom Tree and started following Mark Twain, Jose Marti and Bob Dylan. So far Mark Twain is hogging the conversation at the Tree.
Here’s an old favorite from Bobby D:
“I had to say something to strike him very weird so I yelled out “I like Fidel Castro and his beard.””
Fun. Maybe even addictive.