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Better Bookmarking: Clipmarks

ClipmarksClipmarks is a simple bookmarking Firefox extension that is tied to a much larger collection of user’s shared bits of saved pages. Like Snipd, which I looked at yesterday, Clipmarks lets you save not just URLs, but pieces of the page.

Clipping content with Clipmarks

Filling out Clipmarks box

The process of clipping information feels a little slower than other services. To add a comment or tags, you need to wait for a pop-up window to load. I expect a Firefox extension to use a non-web interface. All the functionality of Clipmarks seems possible via a bookmarklet, which could then be used in other browsers.

The real fun of Clipmarks comes from consuming others’ clips. You can follow users, similar to Twitter. Then those you follow are called “guides” and you can see a stream of the latest content shared by them.

Clipmarks Guides -- see what your friends are sharing

Browsing clips, with its chrome-y interface, also feels a little slow. Luckily, Clipmarks has a wealth of RSS feeds. Following individual people or all your guides through an external reader is easy.

Connecting to other services is another area where Clipmarks really shines. Give it your Delicious or Magnolia credentials and your clips will also be posted to that service. For someone with many links stored on Delicious, it’s nice to know I don’t have to give up my old standby just to enjoy what’s new in bookmarking.

Similarly, you can clip pages directly into a blog post, email to friends, and share your clips in a Flash widget. Despite complaints I’ve had with speed, Clipmarks does get the social part of social bookmarking.

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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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