Markkit, Web 2.0 Text Highlighter

| Apr 21, 2008 | comment 8 Comments

Markkit is a very simple and straight-forward online service, yet a really useful and interesting one; It is, simply put, a web 2.0 text highlighter; it provides you with a bookmarklet that you can use whenever you need to highlight text in a web page: you simply click on the markkit bookmarklet, select the text you want to highlight, and voila it’s done. You don’t even need to create an account or anything.

An option is also provided for site owners to easily integrate a markkit button on their web pages to give their visitors the possibility to highlight text right away.

Users can then access a mark log to see all the latest highlighted texts by everyone, organized by day, or they can search through the archives of marked texts. The possibility to see highlighted texts by everyone actually gives it a bit of a social highlighting touch.
It’s still not possible to view only your highlights, as the functionality to create a user account that you can save your highlights to is still not available.

Markkit, which was launched by Tunisian Slim Amamou, is still in its early stages of development, and only works with Firefox for the time being.

I think it’s really interesting that we’re seeing these new really simple and unitary web tools popping up from the Arab world, addressing one problem and solving it in a really neat and effective way. It’s a sign Arab startups are maturing and realizing that they don’t have to be everything for the user, and that if they do one thing well enough then that is a success.

# Markkit

  • http://NoMemorySpace.wordpress.com slim

    Thank you Marwen for mentioning markkit. I really appreciate.

    You’re probably right, it’s missing the “my highlights” feature. Till this morning, I always left it for later. But since you asked for it, I’m giving it to you.

    I’ll probably deliver it in a week or two. so stay tuned and follow the markkit blog.

    Any other feature request in the audience? anybody? :-)

  • http://markkit.net Slim Amamou

    Thank you Marwen for mentioning markkit. I really appreciate.

    You’re probably right, it’s missing the “my highlights” feature. Till this morning, I always left it for later. But since you asked for it, I’m giving it to you.

    I’ll probably deliver it in a week or two. so stay tuned and follow the markkit blog.

    Any other feature request in the audience? anybody? :-)

  • http://m0ntassar.blogspot.com m0ntassar

    I was just thinking it would be useful to be able to use different colors to mark text, to associate each color with a tag to easily manage “my highlights”
    Why dont you build a little greasemonkey script to simply show the markkit button on every visited page instead of adding a bookmarklet .. it would be a good way to distribute markkit and dont worry about beeing of greasemonkey because greasemonkey scripts could be compiled into ffox xpi extension

  • http://m0ntassar.blogspot.com m0ntassar

    I was just thinking it would be useful to be able to use different colors to mark text, to associate each color with a tag to easily manage “my highlights”
    Why dont you build a little greasemonkey script to simply show the markkit button on every visited page instead of adding a bookmarklet .. it would be a good way to distribute markkit and dont worry about beeing of greasemonkey because greasemonkey scripts could be compiled into ffox xpi extension

  • http://phototn.blogspot.com/ karim2k

    What can I say, a national proud!

  • http://phototn.blogspot.com/ karim2k

    What can I say, a national proud!

  • http://NoMemorySpace.wordpress.com slim

    done.

    http://markkit.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/now-you-have-a-home-but-still-no-registration-needed/

    (actually it’s been done since long time now but I just came across this page again)

  • http://markkit.net Slim Amamou

    done.

    http://markkit.wordpress.com/2008/05/07/now-you-have-a-home-but-still-no-registration-needed/

    (actually it’s been done since long time now but I just came across this page again)

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