July 9, 2014

Gibbon – Playlists for Peer-to-Peer Learning

Millions of active websites are publishing billions of pages worth of content each day, but with such a piecemeal approach to content organization, people are often forced to spend more time than necessary gathering the materials they need to truly learn about the topics they’re researching. Gibbon has created a solution to this problem, encouraging its users to curate content to create simple paths of resources that others can learn from.

Let’s say you’re interested in launching a startup. You might begin by looking up articles about how to create a business plan, how to recruit employees, and how to gain traction for your business. Rather than aimlessly googling for the answers to these queries, you could visit Gibbon and check out the “playlists” that other users have curated. Users can add articles, links, videos, and books to their playlists, and they can share those playlists publicly with other users—like yourself—online.

The playlist topics you’re likely to find on Gibbon run the gamut including design, photography, privacy and business-related issues. Users who would like to expand the peer-to-peer learning platform’s knowledge base are encouraged to create playlists of their own. Organizations can also sign up to create private playlists, also known as “flows,” for a fee.

Practical Uses:

  • Curate a list of articles about iOS development
  • Browse the learning flows created by other users
  • Combine books, videos, and news articles into unified playlists
  • Share what you’ve learned about the online advertising industry

Insider Tips:

  • The more students join a playlist, the higher up in the search results that playlist climbs
  • Companies and teams can create “private flows”
  • Add your own comments to explain why a piece of content was added to a flow
  • Integrate Gibbon with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn account

What we liked:

  • Readers can suggest content to the author of a playlist
  • Playlists are organized by category
  • Private learning flows are a good way for users to learn together with their teams
  • Users can collect content from anywhere on the web

What we didn’t like:

  • Nothing


Company Info:

  • Launched: December 2013
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Leiden, the Netherlands
  • Founded by: Wouter de Bres. Petar Radoševi? and Joeri Djojosoeparto
  • Web site:


  • Public flows are free
  • Private flows range from €15 to €75 per month

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