Wists is short for “web lists.” The application allows users to create a shopping wish list that is not limited by retailer. The site provides users with a browser button that they can install and use as they browse. When the user discovers something they would like to add to their list, they can do so with the button. Doing so allows the user to also save a photo bookmark of the item. The user never has to upload anything to create a Wists list. List items are displayed with a small image and the name below it. A save link is also available to add items to a Wists list. Below the item name, the name of the user who added it is displayed. User can click on the item image or name to access its page. The item pages include the item name, image, related tags, a link to the site selling it as well as share and embed code.Show more screenshots »
Wists.com was created by Text Drive and launched in 2005. The website was intended to give users a way to build a simple but functional shopping list that spans numerous retailers. Rather than be restricted to one seller, the user can shop all over the web and collect items on their Wists profile. Today, many users create and share shopping lists through Wists.
The web list is not a new concept however Wists helps make it even easier and more convenient for shoppers. The website allows users to build their own customized item lists. The user is not restricted to specific retailers. Instead, they can add items anytime they come across them from any website using the Wists browser button.
The Wists website leans more towards the plain side. New users will notice that the site consists primarily of a white background and a few bright yellow elements, including the logo. The site is lined with banner advertisements across the top (which seem to overpower the logo for space) as well as additional banners along the right hand side. The items are presented with images, which are about the most colorful thing seen on the site. That being said, Wists works as it claims, even if it contains no real eye candy.
A new user can create a Wists account by clicking the small blue “Sign up” link tucked into the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (above the banner advertisement). The registration form appears near the top, center of the following page. The user is asked to provide a first and last name, email address and password. A note at the bottom advises the use that their email address is not displayed publically or shared with any third party companies. Once the form is complete, the user can click the white “Sign Up” button at the bottom to complete registration.
Wists is a free service for all users. This is definitely a good thing because the application does not do anything that would be worthy of a subscription fee or other expense. All users are given the same access and can install the browser button.
Wists is ideal for anyone who does a significant amount of web browsing and online shopping. The application allows the user to put together a list based on their personal tastes and preferences. The application is easy to use and free, making it more appealing for casual users.