Although Diigo is more complete than regular social bookmarking sites and I truly like the toolbar, introducing it to my friends doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily be blown away by it. I know some of them don’t even use Delicious, or have any way to back up their bookmarks so they still keep them in long folders on their browsers. In other words, a full client like Diigo is just too much for them. For simpler annotating, I’ve found SharedCopy to be light and simple, particularly because all of its features are presented in no more than a bookmarklet.
I was really glad to discover SharedCopy a few years back, when I was looking for a way to integrate my comments on an article that I had to share with a project team mate. I was finding it difficult to share my comments on a Wikipedia article with her via email, especially when an article was extremely lengthy and thus, made it harder to keep track of all the main points. SharedCopy helped me point out what I wanted to tell her in really simple ways. All you have to do is get the bookmarklet from this page, click on it (or set a keyword for instant launching) to start using and annotating away with the SharedCopy toolbar.
You can highlight, type text, draw circles, boxes and lines. There are more buttons you can add if you get an account but no registration is required. An account will mainly provide you with a library of annotated websites for future reference. Without an account, you still get easy access to your comments on that annotated page, which are available for you to copy in plain text and as embeddable code for your website when you’re done annotating.
All annotations are private unless you share the links to the annotated websites. You can change this in the final page with the sharing links to change privacy settings for a single page, or visit your Account preferences to set all annotations to private or public by default. If you do choose to share your annotation page, which includes a thumbnail of the page you annotated, you can send the link to social sites, email, your blog, etc.
Two neat features are the additional buttons (think of them as extensions) for the bookmarklet.
You can add more functionality to the basic toolbar. I’ve added here the PDF button, which turns a website along with my annotations into a PDF file, and the Arrow button.
Another cool feature is that you can get an RSS feed of the comments on a website you’ve annotated, which is useful if you shared the page with someone and want to see his/her thoughts on the same.
SharedCopy also has a read-it-later bookmarklet that lets you add random interesting articles in full to an RSS feed (and then close the tabs for you!) so you can read those items even when you are offline on your favorite RSS reader. It can definitely be a better and more efficient practice than say, adding even more bookmarks to an already-very-populated list of unread links/browser bookmarks, which I’m totally guilty of, or even emailing yourself things to read when your inbox shouldn’t be a repository of bookmarks, but of messages.
While SharedCopy has some very useful ways to integrate how you process (find a bookmarkable site) and refine (annotate) information on the web, it’d be nice to see integration with browsers so every time you visit a bookmarked page, you’ll see the annotations right away.
For similar annotating bookmarklets, check out BounceApp (check out the quick Directory review) and MarkUp.io, which is another slick app that’s been featured on the Directory. While none of these let you color-code your comments, you can try the DrawHere bookmarklet that lets you add layers (check out the free PDF manual on Photoshop to learn more), select brush size and colors.
What do you use to share comments in your bookmarks?
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