About TinyGem

My name is Vlad (my site, twitter, what I read) and I am a tech entrepreneur enjoying building things. I created TinyGem as a repository for links I want to study later (instead of emailing them to myself) and to automate the content discovery by using my saved links as a seed for the recommendations.

TinyGem is minimal and frugal but very capable bookmarking and content discovery service. To my knowledge, recommendation system used by TinyGem is unrivaled on the market for this type of content and target audience.

For example check out this content recommendation:

The two articles do not share keywords in the title, but because TinyGem uses semantic similarity (of not just the title but also the article summary) it was able to surface an article related to user's previously saved article.

TinyGem is a free service, with future premium features planned for power users (for example larger language models for better recommendations).

Current operating cost of running the service is about $250/month (bulk of it being the GPU server needed for the language model). At about $10/day I already extract enough value from TinyGem's content recommendations alone so TinyGem is here to stay. With 100 users at $25/year it could even be self-sustainable. I also plan to make the recommendation API a standalone service in the future.

We are what we read

“I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Recommended reading:

Avoid news (TED, hn discussion and another one)

Stop reading news (hn discussion)

Further reading on:
archives.cjr.org, raptitude.com, nytimes.com, medium.com, aaronsw.com, web.stanford.edu, freakonomics.com

"One must select wisely a source of news; otherwise it would be better to be uninformed than misinformed." - Ezra Taft Benson

“To read a newspaper is to refrain from reading something worthwhile. [....] The first discipline of education must therefore be to refuse resolutely to feed the mind with canned chatter.” ― Aleister Crowley

Contact

Feel free to email me with feedback or questions at vprelovac@gmail.com

Terms of service

Please keep TinyGem a nice and friendly place. You may not use the site to publish profane or adult content. You may not use the site to harass other users. Do not run automated queries against the site or abuse the resources. I reserve the right to throttle or close the accounts involved in any of those activities.

Privacy

TinyGem uses your email address solely for the purpose of authentication. No other personal information is stored by the system other than what you share. Your public feed will be visible by everyone, your private feed just by you.

TinyGem uses google's service for favicons which may use your IP address. If you are concerned about that, you can disable that feature in your profile. Other than that TinyGem does not serve any third party content on the site, nor does it share your private information with any third party.

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