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Better Bookmarking: Snipd

Snipd grabs text

Y Combinator summer startup Snipd is working on a bookmarking-like service that saves pieces of a website, such as text and photos. The service is in closed alpha, but Webmonkey got a chance to check it out.

To simply save a page with the Snipd bookmarklet is fast. Just click and everything happens behind the scenes. Tagging or describing the page you’re saving takes a bit more time, but also happens directly on the page without having to visit Snipd’s site.

The real power of Snipd is the ability to “snip” pieces of content from a page. You can grab text, images, even video. The Snipd content can be shared by email, or directly on your stream, in a Tumblr-esque view.

A Snipd grab of a photo

A flash video is Snipd

When multiple items are saved from a single page, they are shown together. Looking back at my stream, one might guess that it takes more than just a few clicks to curate the content.

Multiple snips on one page, shown on my Snips page

The link+commentary style of Delicious feels a little stale compared to lively Snipd. There is more to a web page than its URL, and Snipd lets you zero in on the pieces that are important, then share them.

With only seed funding from Y Combinator, a summer, and a team of five (two of which are back at school), Snipd has made significant progress. The team spent this week in the Techcrunch 50 DemoPit and was leading the vote after the first day.

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Better Bookmarking

It’s been almost two years since our social bookmarking showdown where we reviewed six services that helped you track the stuff you want to save from the web. In that time, we’ve seen many sites tackling what may look like an old problem. Why? Because nobody has done it really well yet.

Over the next week, I’ll be looking at some new services that are taking a stab at making bookmarking better. I’ll revisit some old favorites doing new things, as well as new players Snipd, Twine, and Clipmarks.

What else should we look at? What other sites are re-thinking the way we save and share web pages?

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Clip And Save Entire Web Pages With Iterasi

Iterasi is a Firefox add-on that rethinks bookmarking. Rather than saving a URL, or even a thumbnail of a page, Interasi saves a copy of the entire page. Then you can share how the page looked when you viewed it. There are several options for sharing your saved pages. You can e-mail, send people to a direct Iterasi page, or even embed the page within a page on your own site.

Iterasi in action

By default, everything you save in Iterasi (called “notarizing”) is public. These are then automatically shared on a public page (here’s Webmonkey’s), with new pages available via RSS. You can choose to have individual items marked private to remove them from public view, but then they won’t be viewable by anyone not logged into your account.

Saving the exact page is often useful for developers. We want to see the code that makes up a page. When Iterasi saves a page, it includes the output of the scripts on the page. So, if you have already run some JavaScript, the changes will be apparent in the Iterasi version. This makes Iterasi a good tool for sharing snapshots of application state among developers.

The embed feature is also useful for bloggers. Often we want to share the details of a site so readers can explore. Standard screenshots go a long way, and we’ll continue to use those where appropriate. Now we can add Iterasi as another tool. Notarized pages, embedded within a blog post, can let users explore more than with just a screenshot.

Of course, there are downsides. The notarizing process takes place in real time, lasting from 15 seconds to as much as a minute, depending on how complex the page is. While it processes, you’re locked out of the page you’re notarizing, as well as any other tabs you have opened.

It would also be nice to be able to get my data out of Iterasi. I’d like to use the thumbnails and other data to incorporate them into my own site or other applications. While Iterasi may look like yet another bookmarking service, it’s more. If it had an API, it could become a platform for creating even more advanced tools.

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Delicious Gets New Look, Loses Dots

Delicious logoSocial-bookmarking pioneer Delicious released its long-awaited redesign today. While our favorite features, and several new ones, are present, one thing is obviously missing: its dots!

The delicious.com domain name has long redirected to del.icio.us, but the reverse is now true. The low-down on the name change, from the Delicious blog:

We’ve seen a zillion different confusions and misspellings of “del.icio.us” over the years (for example, “de.licio.us”, “del.icio.us.com” and “del.licio.us”), so moving to delicious.com will make it easier for people to find the site and share it with their friends.

The new site has softer blues, more shading and a more intuitive user interface. For example, the popular page used to have its input in the header, with a directory path metaphor.

Old Delicious Popular input

That worked for the techies amongst us, but Delicious needed to work for everybody. The new interface, while just a tweak, is much more usable (though I’m still disappointed I can’t search popular for multiple tags).

New Delicious Popular input

Of course, the new look goes further than what I’ve mentioned. Delicious has a video that describes the changes, and a full accounting on their what’s new page.

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