Top Web Annotation Tools: Annotate+Bookmark+Collaborate

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In case you never came across any ‘Web Annotation’ service before, than basically what it is, is a bookmarking tool (usually in the form of browser addon or bookmarklet) that allows users to annotate (add sticky notes, highlights, etc.) any desired webpage and store it online.

There are many cool things you can do with them, i.e. (1) quickly add sticky-like memos to your bookmarks, (2) bookmark long articles with relevant text being highlighted, (3) store, organize and tag annotated pages online and most importantly (4) share your annotations with friends or project/assignment group members.

(1) Diigo

Features: (Demo)

  • Add notes and in-page highlights
  • Store, Tag (categorize) and Share webpages (via email, RSS, blog, group, etc.) along with your notes and highlights
  • Create groups (i.e. private group for team members)
  • Subscribe to specific webpages’ notes (i.e. to all notes tagged as ‘funny’)
  • Right-click menu option to search for highlighted terms (on websites, on major search-engines, social bookmarking systems, blogs, etc.)
  • Supported browsers: IE, Firefox and Flock
  • Suitable for collaboration

(2) Stickis

Features:

  • Add notes
  • Save, Share and Tag (categorize) your notes
  • View, save and comment on webpage’s notes by other users from any webpage
  • Subscribe to notes by others (by tag, by webpage, by user)
  • Create groups
  • Supported browsers: IE and Firefox
  • suitable for collaboration

(3) SharedCopy

Features: (Demo)

  • Add notes, in-page highlights, draw lines, circles and squares
  • Store annotated webpages and Share them with others via URL
  • Follow-up on changes made to specific pages via RSS
  • Integration with Twitter and BaseCamp
  • Supported browsers: All
  • suitable for collaboration

(4) Fleck

Features:

  • Add notes
  • Publish annotated pages on your blog
  • Share annotated webages with friends (via URL)
  • notes can be edited and saved by anyone knowing it’s location
  • Supported browsers: IE, Firefox + Bookmarklets

(5) [NO LONGER WORKS] MyStickies

Features:

  • Add notes
  • Store, Tag and Search annotations
  • Supported browsers: Firefox

(6) JKN (discontinued)

Features:

  • Add notes to one or multiple pages
  • Add numbered points between words
  • Comment on and print annotated webpages
  • Share annotated webpages via URL, email or blog
  • Supported browsers: IE and Firefox

(7) TrailFire

Features:

  • Add notes (aka trail marks) and save annotated webpages
  • Categorize annotated webpages (assign them to Trails)
  • Invite others to view and collaborate (wiki-style) on your trails
  • Subscribe to desired Trails
  • Supported browsers: IE and Firefox

(8) DrawHere

Features:

  • Add notes, highlights and drawings
  • Save, Tag and Search your annotations
  • Share annotated webpages (via email or embed in your blog)
  • Supported browsers: All

(9) ShiftSpace (no longer available)

Features:

  • Add notes, highlights, add/change images and text
  • Save and Share annotated/edited pages via RSS
  • Supported browsers: Firefox (requires Greasemonkey)
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Comments (12)
  • Tom Kehoe

    We love the idea of a universal, cross-website content platform, a way to ‘mash up’ sites. But we disliked the implementations in these kinds of web annotation services. We didn’t like that there’s a big sidebar taking up screen real estate nor the idea of sticky-notes living on layers on top of – and often obscuring – the original page. We think these characteristics have kind of helped give annotation a bit of a bad name and limited more casual adoption and traction.

    We decided to make a tool that strips away the things we didn’t like about existing services. To do this, we’ve worked on technology that allows the user to enhance pages in-line. The user’s content lives as a native part of the page, not ‘out-of-line’ in a side bar or non-native content layer. We think that gives a different level of control and power to the user, gives a different value to their content, and rids us of the heavyweight UI elements of previous services in one swoop! We let people share their enhancements with others…so you can follow people of interest, and their enhancements get merged into your view of the web. We are still in pre-start up mode but you can view the concept for yourself at http://www.yaytrail.com
    thanks for your time.

  • connectionfailure

    Fleck is gone. It resolves to some weird site.

  • rajan

    which was the first tool to have web annotations?

  • Digoc

    I have found one nice tool GoogleItFaster.com. Is so clean and user-friendly, that I’m surprised why more web searching services are not using that solution. Do you have any idea?

  • bgood

    You might be interested in this list of new and improved social (semantic) tagging interfaces.
    http://i9606.blogspot.com/2008/05/semantic-tagging-projects.html

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