WebnoteHappier

Posted
12:22 AM 4 June 2006

The newest addition to my regularly used applications is the cheerily named WebnoteHappy. This fresh indie Mac app is a bookmark manager with excellent del.icio.us integration. I’m excited to talk about it partly because it integrates some key features I hoped for in a del.icio.us client after discovering Cocoalicious.

These features are far too sensible and obvious for me to attempt to take any credit for them, regardless if you are a Mac user with too many bookmarks I highly recommend you check this application out.

My last rant on the subject of a dream del.icio.us client concluded with a musing on how I would like to see a tag browsing interface used as an aid for assigning tags, rather than just browsing. After using happily bookmarking with WebnoteHappy for a couple of weeks I had an idea of how that could possibly be done.

In a nutshell I’d like to see the tag browser and webnote listing to update as I edit the tags for a given bookmark. The purpose being to provide valuable information that is likely to influence my selection of tags:

  1. Which other bookmarks (if any) share the same tags as the bookmark I’m editing?
  2. What other tags have I already assigned to potentially related bookmarks?

Some will disregard these concerns as problems with categories not tags. Personally I’d like to know how unique my tagging of a particular website is. Tags becomes less useful as a tool for filtering my links if I have hundreds of sites tagged with the same tags. Similarly, if I fail to tag two sites of related subject matter with common tags, my tags will be not be useful for grouping my links. The current official browser based pop-up window for posting to del.icio.us does this to a degree by suggesting the most popular tags for a given link that is already in the database. What I’m suggesting doesn’t leverage the power of the ‘group mind’, but it ought to provide another valuable context - my existing collection of links and tags.

I’ve attempted to demonstrate this idea with a series screenshots of WebnoteHappy. I made a few clicks between each frame to roughly replicate what I envisage happening automatically.

Check out WebnoteHappier.

If there are any del.icio.us posting interfaces out there that already do this I’d love to hear about them!

Further thoughts

Comments

  1. Commented
    12:22 AM 10 June 2006

    I’m pleased that you like WebnoteHappy!

    Great feature request - that is probably the finest one I’ve ever seen. :) I like how you illustrated it step by step as well as described clearly why you need the feature.

    I’ll be checking out your dream del.icio.us client post to see how I can better shape the future of WebnoteHappy.

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