Tag Archives: diigo

Journalists need their own archives. Here’s how to start one

Last week I wrote about the problem with trusting Twitter to keep a public record of all tweets. But it’s not just social networks; we can’t trust any website to keep information on our behalf.

3 recent articles highlight the problem particularly well.

Google loses interest and links rot Continue reading

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“Pinboard is down!”: 3 ways to make sure your bookmarks are still accessible when the site isn’t

ifttt recipe pinboard to google drive

On Saturday the social bookmarking service Pinboard experienced some lengthy downtime.

For those who rely on the service – like me – as professional archive, this was a problem. But it was a good example of why archives should always be backed up.

Here, then, are 3 ways you can – and probably should – back up your bookmark archives, whether you’re using Pinboard or another service. Continue reading

Leaving Delicious – which replacement service will you use? (Comment call)

Leaving Delicious - other services already being bookmarked on my network

UPDATE: I’ve created a spreadsheet where you can add information about the various services and requirements. Please add what you can.

Delicious, it appears, is going to be closed down. I am hugely sad about this – Delicious is possibly the most useful tool I use as a journalist, academic and writer. Not just because of the way it makes it possible for me to share, store and retrieve information very easily – but because of the network of other users doing just the same whose overlapping fields of information I can share.

I follow over 100 people in my Delicious network, and my biggest requirement of any service that I might switch to is that as many of those people move there too.

So I’d like to ask: if Delicious does shut down, where will you move to? Publish2? Pinboard.in? Diigo? Google Reader (sorry, not functional enough for me)?  Or something else? (Here are some ideas) Please post your comments.

Interactive presentation tool Flowgram to close (some suggested alternatives)

It seems the recession has bitten Flowgram before it even got into its stride. The service, which allowed you to record notes and audio narration on top of webpages and other material, had obvious applications for journalism (slideshows, tutorials, blogging, training etc.), but it seems we’ll have to look elsewhere.

An email from the service says:

“Today is a sad day for us. We have decided to terminate the Flowgram service as of the end of the month (June 30th, 2009).  The service received excellent reviews and had an enthusiastic core user base. However, we were not able to demonstrate (especially in these economic times) that Flowgrams would ever be prevalent enough for us to adequately monetize the business, either though ads or subscriptions. This is obviously very disappointing, but building the Flowgram platform was a lot of fun, and it was wonderful to see how many of you used our tool to express yourselves in a deep and meaningful way.

“Although you won’t be able to play your Flowgrams after the end of the month,  you can export them to video by clicking “share” from the website or “more sharing options” from the Flowgram player and scrolling down to the export to video section.  It is very important, if you wish to keep your content, that you export to video and download the video by the end of the month.  Please let us know at support@flowgram.com if you have any difficulties doing this.”

Alternative services

There isn’t any service I can think of that allows you to narrate live webpages in the same way. Diigo does allow you to bookmark and annotate webpages (and export to Delicious), and there are screencasting tools like GoView, Jing and Screentoaster. Then there are webconferencing tools, some of which allow you to record what you’re doing on screen.

But if you can think of any specific tools, or have had good or bad experiences with some (most of the above I haven’t tried), let me know.