Just after ChristmasÂ Ercan Cem contacted me about reviewing Surfulater on hisÂ blog Digital World,Â which was most welcome, and is in fact something we’d like to see more of.Â We’ve had some good coverage recently, which I’ve been meaning to blog about, but there always seems to be more pressing things occupying my time.
James Fallows mentioned Surfulater in The Atlantic in Nov 2006 in his article Making Haystacks, Finding Needles.
A relatively new entry, Surfulater, created by a veteran developer in Australia, differs from most of the others in the elaborate ways it allows you to comment on, classify, and even edit the material you have collected. For instance, if youâ€™ve copied and stored a blog entry or a passage from a Web site, you can enter notes of your ownâ€”â€œThere he goes again!â€ â€œThis detail is interestingâ€”right alongside the clip, and search for those comments later on. It also has a variety of special categorization tools.
A few weeks back a new customer mentioned he heard about Surfulater in the Washington Post, but I’ve yet to find out any details. Library ClipsÂ wrote an article Surfulater for PIM back in August 2006. Bob Stumbel’s EVERYTHING 2.0 list includes Surfulater in his OS 2.0 – Update section, which doesn’t seem the right spot to me.
Back to Ercan’s review which you can find at Great Information Manager:Â Surfulater. Ercan does a very good job of explaining the need people have for Surfulater and how it fulfills this need. Best if you go and read it for yourself.
If you write a blog or a newsletter or know someone that does and would like to help more people find out about Surfulater, please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.