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Gloss bookmarklet puts a highlighter to the World Wide Web

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Gloss bookmarklet (stock)
Gloss bookmarklet (stock)

Bookmarking things you find while browsing is nothing new, but sometimes it can be jarring to come back to them later. Maybe you saved a story, but then you go back to it after a few days or weeks and forget what exactly was so gripping. A new bookmarking service called Gloss attacks that problem with simplicity.

Delayed gratification

It works like this: you save a bookmarklet to your browser bar, and it simplifies the bookmarking process down to selecting a single sentence from any page you're on. Gloss highlights as you go, and when you've clicked the sentence you like, it's saved for later. Those bookmarks are stored like headlines for quick perusal on the Gloss website, and clicking on any one particular link displays it like a small blog entry, with the snippet you saved sandwiched between whatever was around it for context. And if you've bookmarked multiple segments of a story, they're lumped together in one entry.

If you want more functionality than this, you're probably better off with something like Evernote, Diigo or Scrible. But where Gloss shows its usefulness is in forcing you to make some of the tough choices when you're saving a story for later, something you're subtly rewarded for hours, weeks, and potentially months later.