iCyte is a web annotation utility that lets you highlight and save text to any webpage. The service can be used to research topics of interest, collaborate on projects with friends and coworkers, and share information with others. There’s currently a number of web annotation utilities that offer the ability to markup websites but iCyte believes it provides the best solution. Other notable webpage markup utilities include Diigo, DotSpots, Annotate, and WebNotes.
If you’re ever bookmarked a webpage using your browser or favorite social bookmarking site only to later discover that the URL for that bookmark no longer works, then you’ve already identified the main problem associated with link-only based archival systems. iCyte attempts to prevent such content loss by not just saving the link but the entire web page to its own servers as well as any comments you attach to the original content.
To use iCyte all you need to do is sign up for an account and install their browser toolbar button. When you come across an interesting article that you want to save, highlight the the text of interest to you using your mouse and click on the “create cyte” button at the top of your browser. At that point a window will appear allowing you to assign your “cyte” to a new or existing project, add tags, assign privacy settings, and include any notes.
Cytes saved to your account can easily by viewed by clicking on the “View Cytes” button in your browser or by logging into iCytes. When you click on the “View Cytes” button at the top of your browser, it will open a sidebar that lists all your cytes for easy retrieval and searching. All your cytes can be shared with fellow iCyte users, embedded into any webpage, or shared via popular social networking/bookmarking sites like Facebook, Twitter, Delicious, etc. Individuals can gain access to iCyte Projects through user invites or a project’s RSS feed.
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