For a while now I’ve been working on my new, ultra-secret web app, and now it’s time for me to reveal it. It’s looking to address the following scenario:
Imagine that you read an article, and it’s mildly interesting. It’s not interesting enough to bother with bookmarking it (because you likely won’t read it again, and bookmarks tend to get too cluttered and linger unread), but you definitely think that the content is worth remembering.
A month later, you remember it and search for it, but with keywords such as, e.g. “web design fundamentals”, which is the only thing you remember, you don’t get far.
historious is a search engine for things you have liked. You install a bookmarklet on your browser (it’s a link you can just drag to your toolbar, and it works with all browsers, even your phone’s), and, whenever you like an article, just click the bookmarklet. This action historifies the article, i.e. adds it on your historious account.
If, down the line, you remember the article and want to find it again, go on historious and just search for any of the content in the page. That’s it, no huge lists to wade through, no tags to add, no categories to keep tidy. Just click one button, and historious does everything else for you.
Now you can find that article on “web design principles” in minutes, since it’s one of, say, ten, instead of one in millions of webpages you’ve never seen in your life.
historious is currently in beta, but you can request an invitation by going to its homepage and filling out your email in the box (no spam, promise). You can also stay updated by following historious on Twitter.
I hope you enjoy it, and may it help you find your long-forgotten articles!