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.

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Short takes: Mightybell opens, Convo releases Chrome extension

I am a packrat, storing and sharing pages and links for all sorts of reasons with all sorts of groups.
For example, the Future of Work community that I founded recently has a website as a general purpose desription of what we are doing, but the actual community interaction is taking place on the social community platform Mightybell, specifically at mightybell.com/communities/futureofwork.
Today the company announced that it was opening the doors to all who want to create their own social community. I have written up my experience with Mightybell (see Mightybell rolls out Communities), and today’s release is not a major rejiggering of functionality (although Gina Bianchini, the CEO, told me in a phone call yesterday that some of my wish list — like RSVPs for events — are in the next feature push).
One of the most critical needs — and one of the reasons to consider Mightybell — is a well-designed bookmarklet. Curating content for a community or working group is essential. Here’s what Mightybell’s looks like:
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I wish the Mightybell canvas didn’t cover the top of the story, because I often forget the author’s name, and would like to retain it. But Mightybell allows me to select what image from the page to pull into the post.
I can contrast that approach with that of Convo, the work management tool, which recently announced a sophisticated Chrome extension. Now Convo is not a perfect competitor with Mightybell in that it’s not designed for open communities, but closed, by invitation only workgroups. But I have used Mightybell in the past for that purpose when the primary modes of the community were curation and discussion.
Here’s the same page being saved in Convo:
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See that the Convo canvas is to the right, and allows me to see the lede of the story. Note also that Convo supports a full tag system, while Mightybell only supports categorization (which they call ‘collections’).
As I said, no one would necessarily choose a social curation solution on the basis of how good the bookmarklet or Chrome extension is. However, I rejected the use of a competitor to Convo, a work management tool — Workmate — because it lacks any bookmarklet or extension, as far as I can tell, and email requests regarding that feature got no response.