This is a great feature and it has been around for awhile. In fact, we launched it back in 2011 and I was recently surprised to see it was one of the more frequently searched terms on our support forum the past couple of weeks.
So I thought it was time for a short “what, why and how” on using the Publish-it bookmarklet.
Why should you use it? We do our best to fetch and deliver the content you’ve asked us to daily, but it’s possible that we miss a piece that you think is relevant to your community along the way.
The bookmarklet is a great way to fill in any content holes you find and is a convenient way to add content on the fly when you come across it.
Here are three ways the bookmarklet can help you:
- Curate a paper from “just about” scratch. Perhaps you want a finely tuned paper with not a lot of content. You may add just one source to lightly populate your paper and use the bookmarklet to add in the rest. I speak to numerous consultants who use this approach. They add only their blog’s RSS as a feed and curate in the other handful articles they want to share with their community.
- Keep your weekly looking like a daily. Many publishers want the ease of a weekly with the “freshness” of a daily and with the smallest amount of time possible spent on grooming. The bookmarklet is perfect for this. It allows the addition of new content to a paper during the week without refetching the base content.
- Collaboration. The bookmarklet is a time saver for teams, departments, event organizers or anyone working together on a Paper.li. Any collaborator on a paper can install the bookmark in their favorites and add content on the fly. Distributing workload frees up a little more time for everyone. Additionally group curation can lend to a nice (or eclectic!) blend of content on a paper. That’s fun!
We just improved the bookmarklet with new functionality. Now it’s possible to categorize the piece of content you’ve selected before you add it to a paper. This is exremeley helpful in reducing the time spent on editing and re-categorizing content if you don’t like the topic we’ve assigned to it.
How to install it: here’s a short 90 second video on how to get going with the bookmarklet. In truth the installation is done in about 5 seconds. We took 90 because we enjoy chatting.
Give it a try and leave a comment below. Let me know what you think and if you find it helpful.