Sunday, November 20, 2005

dogear: in-page bookmarking

One of my very early posts was about creating bookmarks within a web document. Most, if not all, of the current bookmarking web applications allow you to bookmark a page, but not a sentence.

As I was bookmarking articles to my account, I became frustrated by the fact that I would probably never get to them, as I was being forced to read them in a linear way. Read one article, then move to the next. I don't work like that, so I decided to something about it.

Ta da! dogear.

After dogear parses through a web page, the reader can click on almost any sentence to bookmark it. The sentence is highlighted and its location is sent to the dogear database.

Now you can take breaks while you read, read out of sequence, survive browser or computer crashes, and bring your readings with you wherever you go.

dogear is in its alpha stages at the moment, but I'm trying to get everything to work properly (some sites just won't go through the dogear engine; others don't display properly), and to add some "social" features: Who else is reading this? What else are people reading who are reading this? I want to review this. Et cetera.

dogear is looking for some alpha users to test the concept and provide feedback.

Contact me at


Talkabout said...

This looks useful.

Which came first, your dogear or IBM's dogear?

Sean O'Hagan said...

Yeah, it's unfortunate about the name clash. I heard about IBM's dogear after doing a name search after I started work on mine. However, I imagine they've been working on theirs longer, and more consistently. I use it a lot, and I'm thinking of how to evolve it into something more useful. Your comments are welcome.