Clipboard is an application which helps users store and share websites or parts of websites. Uses can organize content based around self-chosen themes, making it easier for them to find the information later without resorting to the clunky method of e-mailing links or using the bookmarks bar. Because the Clipboards are stored online the users don’t have to worry about using bookmarks bars to hard drive crashes or other computer disasters. Users can also follow one another to get more relevant information or clips. Users can also find friends on Clipboard, which is the social sharing aspect of the site. This would allow users to send relevant data back and forth, to plan a vacation together, or simply to share what’s interesting to them at any given time.Show more screenshots »
Clipboard was founded in 2011 by Gary William Flake. It opened to the public in May 31, 2012. It’s gathered several thousand followers in a very short period of time.
Unfortunately, there’s nothing particularly new about saving and sharing apps. Clipboard is facing steep competition from Pinterest, Mulu.me, The Fancy, and Instapaper. Clipboard does offer a few new features: namely, the clip tool which allows users to save whatever part of the web page matters to them most, unlike Pinterest which only does images or Instapaper which only does text. It’s more organized than Mulu.me or The Fancy, but in the end it doesn’t really distinguish itself enough to create a “wow” factor.
The Clip Tool is the distinguishing feature of this app, and it falls flat. It’s difficult to navigate and not a lot of fun to use. Once the user has saved something with the bookmark bar they have to navigate this tool to show what, exactly, they’d like to save. It’s like cropping a photo, only for web pages. It also takes several minutes for boards to organize themselves, even after the user has tagged them. While the visual representation is certainly more fun than a bookmark bar, and a better aid to memory, it could get very messy very fast if the user is using the boards for broad categories like “cooking.”
Users can register via Facebook or with an e-mail address. Either way users still have to confirm their e-mail address. There’s no visible reason for this precaution and it simply slows the process down.
Users who haven’t found a site organizing strategy that works for them may get some mileage out of Clipboard. Some users have described the service as “addictive.” Users who prefer a visually appealing way to get at any information that they wish will also enjoy the service. Users who are already involved with similar bookmarking and sharing sites will probably find Clipboard to be “more of the same.” Unfortunately for Clipboard this may simply be a matter of timing: they’ve set out to enter a market that seems more or less saturated.