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Archive for December, 2005

Bozpages : River-of-News Styled RSS Feeds

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"…BozPages are the quickest way to create River-of-News style views of RSS content from multiple feeds."

Alex Bosworth launched a visually attractive method to display one-page overviews of an unlimited number of merged RSS feeds. BozPages are the quickest way to create nicely looking, River-of-News style views of merged RSS content. There is no need to create a user account first—you can get started straight away by providing the URL to a single feed or to an OPML file right on the BozPage homepage.

River-of-News style display of Library and Search Engine feeds

These are the main features of BozPage:

Live, headlines-only view of the same feeds

Alex Bosworth previously caught a lot of buzz when he launched LiveMarks, a constantly refreshed zeitgeist website. LiveMarks shows the most popular bookmarks of this moment, with a live stream of what’s currently being added.

BozPages Live News Radar

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December 12th, 2005 at 6:12 pm

Posted in RSS Aggregators

Clipmarks or the Brilliance of Bookmarking

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"… in my book the really genuine and brilliant twist to the Clipmarks design is that you can collect multiple clippings from multiple URLs into a single clipmark."

The Clipmarks team pushed out an impressive set of new features last night. Before I touch upon those, let me explain why I think the Clipmarks offering is a fundamental step forward from the other bookmarking services that bloggers usually feel compelled to mention in one breath: firstly a clipmark is centered around an idea, a message, one or more quotations, in short any piece of interesting information that you might find on the web. Of course the source URL of any clipping (rich text or image) is automatically stored in a clipmark, but in my book the really genuine and brilliant twist to the Clipmarks design is that you can collect multiple clippings from multiple URLs into a single clipmark.

Browse Clipmarks live (thx: Bitty Browser)

Each clipmark has a URL of its own, which is usually referred to as a permalink. Because a permalink points to one particular clipmark, you can conveniently refer to it from an email message or an instant messaging conversation. The Clipmarks Team also solved the seemingly trivial nuisance of compound bookmarking tags: Clipmarks tags may consist of multiple words, so there is no need to spell awkward concoctions such as "presidential_elections" when you mean "presidential elections". Read the recent discussion following the article Tag formats: Can’t we all just get along? on Signal vs Noise if you are interested in this topic.  Another blessing is that once you have designated your clipmark as private or public, you can add them to a categorized folder. To create clipmarks a browser toolbar needs to be installed (Firefox and Internet Explorer supported). Every clipmark is conveniently stored on the Clipmarks server.

The Clipmarks user interface has improved considerably since CEO Eric Goldstein announced its launch last September, especially with last night’s update. The color scheme is quite pleasing now and the modules in the left-hand navigator, intuitively titled My Clipmarks, Public Clipmarks and Stuff I Follow, are easy to operate. There are controls to extend a box so that it shows more than the default of 10 items and another one to collapse a box altogether. Tabbed panes inside each module quickly let you grasp which topics and clippers are hot today.

Any Clipmarks user can now define a clipper profile with coordinates such as location, email address, homepage URL, time zone, IM nickname and even a photo. By clicking on any clipper’s name Clipmarks users not only get instant access to that person’s public clipmarks in general, but also to any clipmarks conversation in which that clipper has engaged.

Conversation is very strongly implemented in Clipmarks—another excellent decision if you ask me. Look at the Chatter column on the right hand side. It has three tabbed panes: My Clips, Public Clips and Chatter I’m In. You can see how much time elapsed since a clipmark was commented on, by whom the comment was submitted and how many comments that clipmark has at this very moment.

The highlight of the Clipmarks conversation feature is the unobtrusive automatic page refresh the very instant a new comment arrives. The following clipmark about the shooting aboard an American Airlines plane is an excellent example of a realtime comments exchange taking place: Air Marshal open fire on American Airlines flight. This is true conversation.

"you can create custom feeds based on a tag that you specify, even if that particular tag has never been used in the past."

As to be expected of any self-respecting Web 2.0 service these days, Clipmarks has a strong and extremely versatile RSS backbone. However, instead of labeling the availability of RSS feeds as a feature for nerds, the Clipmarks developers decided to let you track fellow clippers and their tags right from the Clipmarks web interface, without even mentioning the word RSS! If you like you can create custom feeds based on a tag that you specify, even if that particular tag has never been used in the past.


Subscribing to a tag that has not been assigned to a clipmark.

Every page in Clipmarks has an RSS feed: just choose your preferred subscription method from the left-hand sidebar. The most common online newsreaders like Bloglines, Newsgator, My Yahoo!, My MSN and Google Homepage/Reader are supported in addition to generic RSS. While you’re focusing on the left column anyway, take a look at the cool new ClipRoll feature: it syndicates the headlines of your clipmarks through a piece of Javascript so that you can publish them to your blog or to your website.

Quick Facts

Clipmarks Download Page

Clipmarks FAQ

Company Blog

Related Articles

What’s all the chatter about Clipmarks by John Tropea on LibraryClips, Dec. 7th 2005

New stuff in Clipmarks by Eric Goldstein on The Clipmarks Blog, Dec. 7th 2005

Tag formats: Can’t we all just get along? by Matt Linderman on Signal vs Noise (37Signals Blog), Dec. 5th 2005

Clipmarks Live News Radar    

Live News Radar (thx: FeedDigest)

Written by Marjolein Hoekstra

December 8th, 2005 at 12:33 pm

Posted in Bookmarking