Aug 18, 2010

[Stephen's Blog] Clipmarks - What are you finding on the web?

My post today is about Clipmarks. Clipping the best parts of the web is absolutely free. This ingenious site allows you to take only the parts of a web page that you want, and save it to your Clipmarks account. You can also embed your clips on other web pages, to share with other people outside of Clipmarks. Using simple copy and paste, you can add your clips to your blog, a guest book, comments, or anywhere else that you choose to embed your clips. You can also embed photos and videos, which makes it a very interesting way of sharing your media with your friends. You can embed an entire series of your favorite clips, using Clipmarks widget feature.

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LEADING infectious disease experts have called on the Federal Government to abandon its mass swine-flu vaccination plan because of fears the vaccine is a contamination risk that could spread blood-borne diseases.

Health Minister Nicola Roxon yesterday announced that the Government would start deploying its first batch of swine-flu vaccine in coming weeks, with an aim to vaccinate as many people as possible to prevent further spread of the virus.

But in a letter sent to Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer Jim Bishop, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases expresses deep concern about CSL's use of multi-dose vials for the vaccine and urged the Government to abandon its plan until it had single-dose vials.

The letter, written by the Society's president, Associate Professor Tom Gottlieb, says multi-dose vials - bottles containing many doses of the vaccine - had been shown on many occasions to transmit infectious diseases, ''resulting in considerable morbidity and mortality''.

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If you don't want to embed a clip onto a web page, or you're just not able to, because that page doesn't allow HTML, you can just share a link to the clip instead. Sharing just the link will allow people to view the clip on it's own page, without having to visit the Clipmarks website. Here is a link to the embedded clip above. You will see that it's the same clip, only on it's own page, rather than embedding it, or having to view it on the main Clipmarks page, among to other clips.

One of the best features I've discovered about Clipmarks is the public time-line shows in Real-Time (no refreshing needed). As new clips are added to the time-line, they show instantly. This is something that Twitter doesn't even offer, at this time. Although I wish they would. Another great feature is that fact that you can click on any clip on the public time-line, and it will appear on the right side of the time-line so you can read the entire clip without leaving the page. The public time-line can be filtered by POPS, or Tags, and can be sorted by Comments or Dates. You can add folders to your account to store your favorite clips by Tags. These folders are called ClipCasts. These are all great ways to organize and find clips to simplify your Clipmarks experience.

Another great feature is the POP feature. If you like a clip that someone has added, you can click the POP button next to that clip, and it sends the clip to the top of the public time-line. The POP is also counted and credited to you. The clipper will see the names of everyone who popped the clip. But it doesn't take a pop to follow someone on Clipmarks. You can follow anyone you want, and as many as you want. And just like Twitter, if they follow you back, then you are friends.

Comments are another great feature that Clipmarks offers to the members. Not only can the clipper add a note about the clip, placed underneath the clip, but other members can also leave comments for the clipper, directly under the optional note. This is a great way to stay in good communication with your friends or fans on Clipmarks. Another way of sharing clips with your friends around the web is Clipmark's convenient sharing feature. When viewing a clip widget on the right side of the public time-line, there is a Share button, right next to the POP button. This Share button allows members or the open public, to share the clip using public bookmarks, blogging it, emailing it, Twitter it, Friendfeed it, Print it, and so much more.

And now, I've saved the best for last. The Clickmarks Toolbar. Well, you can't clip the best parts of the web without it. The Toolbar allows you to highlight and mark certain parts of a web page, to add to your clip. You can add up to 1000 text characters to share publicly, or even more text characters, to keep privately. You can also add photos and videos that don't seem to be added to the 1000 count limit for public sharing. Once you download the free Toolbar, you will have an icon added to your browser.

Clicking on the Icon will show the Toolbar, and will start Clip Mode. In Clip Mode, you can hover your mouse cursor over text, photos, and videos, and an orange square will be placed around that area. Clicking on that area will mark it as clipped. This can be undone at anytime before you finalize your clip. Once your clip is finalized, you can name your clip, add a note to your clip, add it to your Clipblog, Amplify it, by sending it to Twitter, Facebook, or delicious, all before publishing it to your Clipmarks account.

I rate Clipmarks a 10 on a scale of 1 to 10 on my Social Web Totem Pole.
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Posted By Stephen Robinson to Stephen's Blog at 8/22/2009 03:34:00 AM

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