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Inside the Internet.

Newsmashing

The new technique that will change blogging forever.

By Paul Boutin

Posted Tuesday, March 15, 2005, at 5:49 AM PT

Editors and relatives often ask me if there's an application that lets you scrawl notes on a Web page. Instead of e-mailing a link to a news story, you could circle what you think is important before passing it on; rather than bookmarking a page, you could slap on a sticky note. The funny thing is, that kind of Web page annotation software has been around since before Netscape. Yet hardly anyone uses it, and none of the top browser makers has embraced it.

In 2001, Microsoft bought Web page markup technology from a company called E-Quill but hasn't incorporated any of its features into Internet Explorer. The iMarkup toolbar, which debuted torave reviews in 2000, hasn't gotten much buzz since. You can still get iMarkup—a 30-day trial is free and it costs $39.95 if you want to keep it after that. One screenshot says it all: You can highlight parts of a page, post sticky notes, draw freehand, and insert arrows, links, file attachments, and sound bites. Taking notes on the Slate home page won't change what other surfers see. But when you revisit the page, iMarkup will remember what you wrote and slap your notes atop the live site. In one simple step, you can e-mail your annotations (or a screenshot of your annotations) to a friend. Using a free iMarkup plug-in, they can then view your notes overlaid atop the live site.

http://www.slate.com/id/2114791/

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we used to do this w/alexa, back in 1999-2000. then i realised how stupid it was when i could just copy/paste pertinent text w/a link and send it to people (and forget about the ego of having strangers read my shit--those strangers who also had alexa).

oh wait, this is a M$ product? i am SO there :lol:

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