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There is certainly no shortage of online bookmarking sites but if you’re still on the hunt for that perfect way to bookmark your favourite posts and sites, Annotary is the perfect marriage of a social and visual bookmarking service, and it couldn’t be easier to use.
Annotary is part productivity tool and part social networking site, by allowing you to bookmark pages, highlight specific parts of pages, add notes to your highlights, and share your bookmarks with other Annotary members.
With all the features that Annotary brings together in one place, it becomes an interesting way for you to share links with your friends, a great way to share specific passages in articles on other social networks, and also makes a pretty cool research and study tool thanks to its note-taking feature. Annotary also makes it easy to stay organized by keeping your bookmarks in collections.
Bookmarking Pages with Annotary
After you sign up for your free account, you’ll be prompted to install a browser extension which makes it easy to bookmark sites and pages as you browse. The Annotary extension is available for Firefox and Chrome, and is necessary if you’re going to want to bookmark pages and highlight passages.
Once you’ve got it installed, you can simply hit the button to bring the Annotary menu into view. The menu consists of 5 buttons – a link button which allows you to bookmark pages, where you can choose the bookmark title, add an optional note, and choose which collection the link will appear in.
After you’ve saved the page, you can take advantage of the second button – the highlighter. Toggling the highlighter on allows you to select specific passages on a page to save along with your bookmark. When highlighting pages, you can also choose to add a note of your own to the passage.
The next button in the menu makes it easy to share your saved pages via email and a variety of social networks including Facebook, Twitter and Google+. What’s really cool about Annotary is not only does it make it easy to share bookmarked pages, your friends can see the passages you’ve highlighted, even if they don’t use Annotary themselves.
The fourth button shows you if someone else has bookmarked the same page on Annotary – making it easy to find other Annotary users with similar interests as you.
The final button takes you to your Annotary homepage, where you can view and edit your collections. You can also browse other users’ bookmarks on the Annotary website.
Your profile page features your collections in a grid, as well as showing how many bookmarks you have in each collection, displays how many followers and friends you have, and also allows you to browse all of your bookmarks on one page.
Finding Other Users to Follow
Once you’ve started to bookmark your favourite sites and posts on Annotary, you can also start to look up what other people are bookmarking on the site. When you find and follow other users, their bookmarks will show up on your homepage.
To check out the latest bookmarks saved on Annotary, check out the Explore page. As you’re checking out other users bookmarks, you can ‘collect’ them and add them to your own collections.
You can also search for specific topics or keywords that are of interest to you. Search results are divided into collections, bookmarks and users.
Annotary is a slick, easy-to-use app, which takes social bookmarking to a new level. Not only is it a social network unto itself, we love the idea of being able to share highlighted passages on Facebook, Twitter, or anywhere else we want to.
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