This Is Like helps you find and connect people, places, and things
that are like each other. Type in “Nietzsche” and it will show you
other philosophers and writers that were inspired by his work. Type in
“Bar 25” and it will show you other similar clubs in Berlin and how
they are related.
In other words, This Is Like is a collaborative recommendation system
based on relational analogies and associative thinking. It can also be
used as a powerful research and presentation tool, offering a more
intuitive way to represent information.
Everyone can add items to This Is Like and create their own
“guides” – clusters of interconnected items, the starting points
for further exploration and research. Other people are able to add
more connections to your knowledge, thus helping you discover new
stuff.This Is Like is not about ontologies and hierarchical tree-like
We invite you to realize your knowledge through active relationships
rather than concrete items. The information is represented as a
rhizome with the simple affirmative statement “this is like” as the
guiding principle at its core. Read more about the site on our blog or
see the html version.
To find something “like” something else you already know:
1. Type in the name of the item in the search field above
2. Click on the results to learn more about the items and how they are
3. If you want to see photos of the item, click the icon next to aA
4. If you want to see how the items are related, click on the blue
dot / square in between
5. You can also use the settings button to filter out the categories
and cities that are displayed
6. Click “Watch” and you will receive an e-mail when something new
is connected to the item
To add your item:
1. Create an account or log in, if you haven’t done it already.
2. Click the + button at the bottom to add a new item
3. Enter the name and the category, leave blanks for city and contacts
if that’s not necessary
4. Click Save and wait until the item appears on the left.
To make a connection (it’s all about them, anyway :)
1. Choose the item you want to connect
2. Drag and drop it to the semi-circle at the bottom right
3. Find the other item you want to connect
4. Drag and drop it on top of the first item.
5. Describe how they are related (e.g. “similar”, “totally
opposite”, “both suck”) and click Save
6. The new connection will appear