Point is a small and simple app for link sharing and commentary

Point (getpoint.co) is a wonderfully designed curation tool, intended to support the most common use cases of link sharing. Instead of emailing a link to others, and creating an email thread away from the page, Point is a Chrome extension that allows sharing of comment right on the page of interest.

After setting up the app — which has a clever onboarding set-up, by the way — I used the ‘@’ to wake up Point to the fact I wanted to point to this page (which is why it’s called Point, I guess). I then selected some text I wanted to highlight, and shared it with my wife, as shown below.

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The tool displays a quote icon as the means of capturing the text, as I did in this point.

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You can similarly select photos, videos, or other elements on a page, like this:

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Clicking on the image or the quote will scroll the page to the appropriate point so that the clicked element is displayed.

The controls for existing shared points and settings are accessed by the ‘@’ icon in the Chrome toolbar. Here’s some of my existing points, which are scrollable:

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The icons at the bottom can be used to access other information, like those you are sharing points with (‘Friends”), what is popular on the site, and tags that you have applied. Note that clicking on a tag will filter for those points.

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I’ve only used Point for a few days, but it certainly fits a gap in my tool suite: a well-designed tool for sharing pointers to web pages and for communicating about them.

I think it would be a good fit for teams, and that is perhaps the one missing feature: it would be sensible for something so oriented around sharing to support named groups. Something for the road map, I guess.