You’ll Be In Love With Clipboard Shortly

Gary Flake, a long time Technical Fellow at Microsoft, sent me an invite to his new Clipboard service today. The company has been on my radar for a while now, but they’ve kept things pretty quiet. Today was the first time I was able to see what they’ve been working on.

It’s an internet clipping and bookmarking service, sort of Delicious meets Pinterest. There have been scores of these types of startups before, but none of them were quite efficient or beautiful enough. At first and second glance, Clipboard looks like a winner.

With a click of your mouse you can highlight any part of a web page (it helps you by grabbing obvious content areas, and save it to your clipboard. The usual stuff, tagging and annotation, is available if you want. You can then make the clips private or public, share them, etc. And you can view them in a variety of ways, including a boring list or a Pinterest-style layout.

It has some real bugs still – it doesn’t grab posts from TechCrunch well, for example. And when I grabbed a screen from the MoMa website it showed a 404 error on Clipboard (meaning it’s pulling it real time from the original source, I guess, not taking a static picture of what you saw at a certain time).

But…It’s GOOD. Really good. A definite keeper. I’ve already used up most of my invites, but if you can find someone who’s using the service already, hit them up for one.

See GeekWire for their take.

Update: From comments:

Clipboard engineer here.

Clips are not just screenshots – they preserve the original markup and style. In real time, we translate the selected portion of the HTML and CSS of the source page into a self-contained unit that is both compressed and can safely coexist with other clips. For example, notice that all the links are preserved in this clip:
http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-B8x4FlQsi9NHM0YYHNxQZ806b3pRw61He

We even preserve embed and objects.
Youtube video: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-Ipfjh4bp-vpwg2XZSaQssLBqu2A8tKdDe
Live map: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-KylLO_bqPkN0m5S3BjhOSpVleZmN-925e
Stock chart: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR4afhOoCYqJ-LDy

Because we capture all the relevant markup and styles, a clip will persist even if the original page goes away.

149 thoughts on “You’ll Be In Love With Clipboard Shortly

  1. As the first to comment here, any chance you could send me an invite?!? ;-)

    @matthewdbenson

  2. Looks nice, but how is it any better than Evernote?

    • The retrieval of your notes looks a lot more compelling than Evernote. That’s one problem I’ve always had with Evernote… I store a ton of stuff in there but I only ever go through my notes if I’m explicitly searching for something I know I stuffed in there. In general, they don’t have a good user experience for going back to look through your notes. I really hope Clipboard solves that.

      To go to an extreme, @nbashaw once described Evernote as “the place ideas go to die.” I loved that description.

      If anyone has an invite I’d greatly appreciate it. guayosr[at]gmail[dot]com

  3. Not sure if you have used https://gimmebar.com. But wondering what might be the deference between the two. Like which might be better or have better features?

    • thinglet says:

      I’m using GimmeBar right now, and I’m loving it. It seems Clipboard will be a viable alternative, whichever one integrates drag-to-share (no hotkey/bookmarklet) first has my vote. GimmeBar has already responded to a feature request for this saying they are working on implementing it.

  4. Damon Pace says:

    You say it’s a “Delicious meets Pinterest”. It looks a lot like Pinterest to me from the screen shot. How is it different?

    • shawn81 says:

      My thoughts exactly.

      Also you said “And when I grabbed a screen from the MoMa website it showed a 404 error on Clipboard (meaning it’s pulling it real time from the original source, I guess, not taking a static picture of what you saw at a certain time).”

      That sounds to be like a usability nightmare. I sure hope they start hosting those images soon…

  5. Invite to contact at jonmitchell dot me, please. :)

  6. I’ll take an invite! Thanks Mike!

  7. It does look like something to watch. Would love an invite to try it out.

  8. I’d like an invite ->> s2sidhu (at) gmail.com. Thanks.

  9. Invite would be great… mfrank at nsv.com . Thanks!

  10. kcurtin11 says:

    Would love an invite. Thanks.

  11. Thanks for sharing an invite, if you still have them: cmerritt@svb.com

  12. trevoragilbert at gmail dot com for an invite please! Thanks!

  13. Dimitris says:

    more invites please?

  14. Justin C. says:

    Hey Arrington. I’d love an invite if you have any more!

  15. kcurtin11 says:

    Invite would be great.. email: kevincurtin88 at gmail dot com

  16. Looking forward to that invite.

    @5yed

    Thanks.

  17. christoph@dernbach.com Thank you and best regards from Berlin, Germany

  18. Brian Hanley says:

    This is exactly what I need. Send me an invite bhanley7@yahoo.com

  19. Arfan Chaudhry says:

    I’d love to get an email! Love the UI and Looks on it =)

  20. Mike, I’ll take an invite if you still have any going. I love to get my fingers into some fresh tech pie. Eh… so to speak…

  21. Caleb says:

    Love to have an invite easterwood(@)ymail.com

  22. Any chance I could swing an invite? Been looking for something like this forever…

  23. kandekilla@gmail.com if you still have some invites. (don’t care if people have my address)

  24. I’ll take a clipboard invite if you have one. Dan.Chuparkoff@tmp.com

  25. Send me an invite please, if you have any left!

    – Philip Kaplan

  26. Oh yeah my email is pud at pud…

  27. If you’ve got some invites left, I would love to try it!

  28. Seth says:

    Invite please.

  29. George Tinari says:

    Invite would be superb. Thanks, Mike!

  30. Michael Price says:

    360podcast@gmail.com (Mike Price) Have a great weekend!

  31. I would like one please @jdblank

  32. Mike, would love an invite to Clipboard – gsharma@rightbuy.com

  33. Alberto says:

    Just saw your tweet, I am in the queue

  34. Nick says:

    I’d love to try it out. Thanks Mike! nmonroe@bucks.com

  35. Ralph Merkel says:

    The paper thing–so last century.

  36. If you have any invites left I would love to check it out. Thanks! nate@phonefive.me

  37. I would like one as well please @GlobalDomestic

  38. Jamie Brittain says:

    It looks sweet! My email is

    jamiebrittain123@gmail.com

    Thanks man!

  39. Robert Bloom says:

    If you have an extra invite I would like one.

    robertpatrickbloom@gmail.com

    Thank you,
    Robert

  40. steve jones says:

    Would love to try out Clipboard, thanks!

  41. Narom says:

    You don’t need to ask for invites, i signed up to eventually get an invite, got one within the hour!

  42. Alessio says:

    Any invites left? Info at 8lipverts.com

  43. Jared says:

    Well, if there are any left, I’d love to have one!

    je@jarederondu.com
    @jarederondu

  44. Alan Ryan says:

    After reading this post i would like an invite, thats if you have some left please.

  45. Clipboard engineer here.

    Clips are not just screenshots – they preserve the original markup and style. In real time, we translate the selected portion of the HTML and CSS of the source page into a self-contained unit that is both compressed and can safely coexist with other clips. For example, notice that all the links are preserved in this clip:

    http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-B8x4FlQsi9NHM0YYHNxQZ806b3pRw61He

    We even preserve embed and objects.
    Youtube video: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-Ipfjh4bp-vpwg2XZSaQssLBqu2A8tKdDe
    Live map: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR-KylLO_bqPkN0m5S3BjhOSpVleZmN-925e
    Stock chart: http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR4afhOoCYqJ-LDy

    Because we capture all the relevant markup and styles, a clip will persist even if the original page goes away.

  46. Sending to Robert Bloom, Alessio and Jared.

  47. Just sign up. My invite arrived in 36 minutes.

  48. Annette says:

    Hi Mike

    I’d love an invite if there are any remaining – Thanks.

    Annetteslunjski@gmail.com

  49. Juston says:

    Would love an invitation, too!

  50. Jiovan says:

    Can I get an invite?

    Jiovan@scan.me

  51. Wow.. I would love to have an invite… my email address is khodiyar.sonal@gmail.com

  52. It would be awesome if you could send an invite my way too :) vibhor.chhabra at live dot com. Thanks much for sharing this!

  53. Would love an invite to check out david.gilby (at) gmail.com

  54. Hey Mike,

    Would love to try it out. srhngpr at gmail

    thanks!!

  55. Hi Mike,

    I’d love a Clipboard invite if you have any left.

    Regards,

    Chuck

  56. Wow, you are self distributing some cherry.. can i get one as well please
    mandy2005@gmail.com

  57. I love it already, but until there’s a Chrome extension, I don’t see myself keeping that ugly Bookmarks bar just for Clipboard!

  58. Hey Mike,

    This is Greg from Clipboard. I posted a clarifying comment about how the clipping process work, but it seems to be stuck “awaiting moderation”. Can you help me out?

    Thanks

  59. Onur says:

    There is something I’ve been working on called copyto.co which does pretty much the same thing and has been around for a while now. What should I do to get this kind of an attention? :)

  60. Jackson Dahl says:

    I’m sure all of the invited are gone, but if someone has any, would you mind shooting me one? Thanks!

  61. would love an invite! :O) thanks

  62. Gopal Kamat says:

    Would love an invite! Thx!!

  63. I’d appreciate the opportunity to play with something new! tmonerd(at)gmail(dot)com

  64. Please Invite me aksn1p3r@gmail
    TYVM!

  65. I would like an invite alisyedx (at) gmail dot com

    Thanks

  66. Tom says:

    Puh-leeze!

    tom at tomnagle dot com

    Thanks!

  67. Margaret Taylor says:

    May I please have an invite PLT21513@gmail.com

    Thanks

  68. raindeer says:

    May I have an invite raindeer@gmail.com

    Thanks

  69. Anja says:

    I think I might be a bit late… But if anyone still has an invite left over, I’d appreciate it.

    post4anja (at) gmail.com

  70. Hi I am from LivingVirtual

    I too would like to check it out. Please send us an invite at livingvirtual@live.in

  71. David Hary says:

    I’d appreciate am invite

    Davidhary at gmail dot com

    Thanks

  72. Rus Wetherill says:

    I’d would sure appreciate an invite wrwetherill@gmail.com

  73. tzury bar yochay says:

    invite plz.

  74. No need to beg for a beta invite when you can just go sign up yourself. According to a blog post on Clipboard’s blog website you can go to this article http://www.technologyreview.com/web/38862/ and click on the link to Clipboard and get an invite. I just did it and it worked. Brought me straight to a registration form. This will work for this week only. You’re all welcome. ;)

  75. jman says:

    Please send me an invite. Jdroid1976 at mail.com

  76. Vibin says:

    Ah.. too many note takers these days.
    I have used Evernote, Springpad, Simplenote, Gimmebar and lot more!
    Simplenote seems to be a better solution for me, especially its simplicity rocks.

  77. I would like an invitation, too, please! Thanks in advance! vastila [at] gmail[ dot] com

  78. Dorian says:

    Actually in the same space like Memonic (http://memonic.com) which does this for a while already very nicely.

  79. gooch says:

    Interested in an invite. Happy to invite others once invited!

  80. Dan Price says:

    This looks amazing! Any invite love remaining?

  81. I’ve got some invites to clipboard. Ask me on twitter @juliengomez.

  82. Christopher Griffin says:

    Kudos, Gary! Been looking forward to seeing this. Having watched the killer tech that came out of Live Labs, there is no doubt some great stuff is under the hood here as much as it is on the surface. Cheers, CG

  83. Alex Chervet says:

    http://www.clipboard.com/clip/LR4afhOoCYqJ-LDy

    produces an error in my browser (IE8). If developers want to know my config: uncrunched@chervet.com

    P.S. would love an invite.

  84. orajbodur says:

    This might be just thing I’m looking for. Any invite love left? ojbodur@gmail.com

  85. King says:

    I would love an invite!!!!
    Anyone have any left? Kingyu_chan@hotmail.com

  86. Paranoid says:

    …and you found no privacy issues whatsoever, Mike?

    Just in case someone’s still reading (yeah, I am hoping-against-hope you’ll still read this) watch out for these ‘nice lines’ in their terms of service:

    “3. User Content License Grant
    By posting any User Content on the Service, you expressly grant, and you represent and warrant that you have all rights necessary to grant, to Clipboard a royalty-free, sublicensable, transferable, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, list information regarding, edit, translate, distribute, syndicate, publicly perform, publicly display, and make derivative works of all such User Content and your name, voice, and/or likeness as contained in your User Content, in whole or in part, and in any form, media or technology, whether now known or hereafter developed, for use in connection with the Service and Clipboard’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels. You also hereby grant each User of the Service a non-exclusive license to access your User Content through the Service, and to use, reproduce, distribute, display and perform such User Content as permitted through the functionality of the Service and under this Agreement.”

    When you read their definition of the User Content in the previous section you realize that what Clipboard is actually saying is: “ALL YOUR CLIPS & DATA ARE BELONG TO US!” – albeit, in more sophisticated legalese, of course. Very Facebook-like, that one.

    Now, let’s check their Privacy Policy, shall we?

    “Clear Gifs Information: When you use the Service, we may employ clear gifs (also known as web beacons) which are used to track the online usage patterns of our users anonymously. In addition, we may also use clear gifs in HTML-based emails sent to our users to track which emails are opened by recipients. The information is used to enable more accurate reporting, improve the effectiveness of our marketing, and make Clipboard better for our users.

    Third Party Services: Clipboard uses third party analytics services, including Google Analytics and Mixpanel to help understand use of the Service. These services collect the information sent by your browser as part of a web page request, including cookies and your IP address. Their use of such information is governed by their Privacy Policy.”

    Beacons? Third-party advertising? More Privacy Policies? More beacons?

    Uh, wat? o_O

    Just saying, if you can call out Facebook for doing the same, you should be doing the same with these guys, too.

  87. I use the share on tumblr app and have a private tumblr page I use to be able to do this and it looks even better. Give me some venture capital money now!

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  89. Hi,

    I was so in love with Clipboard, I wrote an Android app for it!

    Hoogli Clip lets you send clips to Clipboard.com from the sharing menus of all your favourite Android apps like web browsers and news readers.

    It is free on Google Play and there is more info and an example clip here:

    http://www.hoogli.com/clip/

    I hope it is helpful for any Android users out there who are hanging on for the official App’s release.

    Best regards,
    Andrew Cox

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