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December 16, 2004

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A Cup of Connotea: A New Flavor of Social Bookmarking (and now a 4 in 1 bookmark tool)

Every day's glance at the not so old RSS reader brings new gems. Today the far seeing Stephen Downes shared a link to Connotea, very much a nice knock off of for bookmarking sites as well as papers.

Connotea is a place to keep links to the articles you read and the websites you use, and a place to find them again. It is also a place where you can discover new articles and websites through sharing your links with other users. By saving your links and references to Connotea they are instantly on the web, which means that they are available to you from any computer and that you can point your friends and colleagues to them. In Connotea, every user's bookmarks are visible both to visitors and to every other user, and different users' libraries are linked together through the use of common tags or common bookmarks.

Connotea was created by Nature Publishing Group's New Technology team. The ideas behind it come from, a general collaborative bookmarking service. Connotea takes this concept and adds some features to tailor it to the needs of scientists. CiteULike is a similar online academic bookmark management service based on, developed independently to Connotea. We're in close contact with CiteULike to ensure that our two systems work well together.

The features are very similar to, but there are also fields to add comments, and to indicate the works you posted are your own. You get the social bookmark features as well as a document referencing tool. I have only subbed 2 cups of connotea to my set or all the items for the tag RSS (I do see that it is not removing duplicate entries, 3 for the same URL of "The Role of RSS in Science Publishing" ... hmmmm.).

This is just out of the gate technology (I think I am the 19th user), but it may be viral.

And since they have a browser bookmark tool for adding new sites, I have appended it to my previously posted 3-in-one Bookmarklet tool so now it is a 4-1. With one bookmark click, I can have pop-ups (good ones) to the tools for adding the sites to:

So now the 4-1 tool includes:

javascript:d=document;t=getSelection(); void(''+escape(d.title)+'&u='+escape(d.location.href) +'&c='+escape(t),'furlit','scrollbars=no,width=475,height=575, left=75,top=20,status=no,resizable=yes'));furlit.focus();

bag drop
javascript:d=document;t=getSelection(); void(''+ escape(d.title)+'&url='+escape(d.location.href)+ '&descrip='+escape(t),'_blank','scrollbars=yes,width=620, height=480,status=yes,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes'));
javascript:q=location.href;p=document.title; void(open(''+escape(q)+ '&title='+escape(p),'delicious',%20'toolbar=no,width=700,height=250'));


And rolling them into one long tool, combining common variables color coding to match to the originals...

javascript:t=getSelection();d=document;u=d.location.href;''+escape(d.title)+'&u='+escape(u)+'&c='+ escape(t),'furlit','scrollbars=no,width=475, height=575,left=75,top=20, status=no,resizable=yes');''+escape(d.title)+ '&url='+escape(u)+'&descrip='+escape(t),'_blank', 'scrollbars=yes,width=620,height=480,status=yes,resizable=yes,scrollbars=yes'); void(open(''+escape(u) +'&title='+escape(d.title),'delicious',%20'toolbar=no,width=700,height=250'));void(open(''+encodeURIComponent(u)+'&title='+encodeURIComponent(d.title),'addtoConnotea','

Get the 4-in-one Bookmark Tool!

So start furling,, bagging, and connotea-ing today!

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Presumably you've seen Cite-U-Like, also explicitly modeled on delicious (says the developer) and designed for noting scientific papers and articles-- it even imports from some of the bigger systems directly... link is: and I'm not affiliated with them, it just seemed like a logical connection...

Commented by: Chris L on December 16, 2004 01:34 PM


Well, I guess I should've read the publisher blurb, but my eyes always glaze over when I see Marketroid speeches!

Commented by: Chris L on December 16, 2004 01:35 PM


Alan, I just got around to trying this today because I finally got concerned that I was relying on Furl and might end up the 'winner' so to speak. I altered the javascript to deal with just those two, but then got a surprise when I tried it because it launched two distinct input forms. I guess I had misunderstood what you were trying to do - I thought you had managed to somehow consolidate the submission forms from multiple sites into one form. Now that I think of it it doesn't sound very feasible, but do you actually fill in the 4 separate forms everytime you bookmark a site?

Commented by: Scott Leslie on January 11, 2005 07:09 PM


Yes, Scott, it launches a window for each service (I get 4 at a time). If you can highlight a chunk of text in the page you are bookmarking, it will use it for the description fields for each one, so it is mostly a matter of clicking a submit button 4 times. Yes a bit tedious, but better than doing it 4 separate times.

I am not 4 posting everything, for now I mostly use Furl.

With some more time, I might be able to code something to that can post to all 4 from one form, but they may be rigged to be issued from their own tool sets.

Commented by: Alan Levine on January 11, 2005 08:15 PM

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