Little crazy applications just show up from time to time. One such is Awesome Highlighter. Which doesn't do much and doesn't have to do much. It does four things:
- Lets you highlight stuff on a web page
- Lets you annotate the web page
- Gives you a permanent URL to share / store your notes
- Accesses the data later in a way that lets the page owner know it has happened.
So, here's an example of my highlighting an annotating a page on my blog:
Is it too flashy? No! It just lets you highlight things and annotate. Easy, elegant, and no added annoying features. It's thinness is what makes it awesome.
Even awesomer is that it tells you that someone is accessing your site via awesomehighlighter. It's not perfect, but it is close. The first one indicates that someone came to the site, the second is the highlighted page.
The only downside here is that you can only find a highlighted or annotated page if someone has actually used the URL.
I think Awesome Highlighter is going to come in handy quickly when working with my peers and through Twitter. The fact that it comes with a fairly short URL and lets you annotate is undeniably useful.