The New Kippt Takes Saving Links to a Whole New Level

I admire app developers that are willing to take a fresh look at what they have developed after releasing something for a while. It shows that they are passionate and believe in what they are building, not only for themselves, but for the general population as a whole. In my opinion, it takes a lot to be able to swallow your pride a little, take in user feedback and be willing to tweak a product or app so that it can better meet the demand for the user.

The reason why I am reflecting on this is that I have been using Kippt for the past couple of days and have been really impressed by what they have done to their app. They haven’t necessarily done a full facelift to it, but they were able to analyze how well the app worked and took user feedback to produce an even better product than before. If you are unfamilar with Kippt, we did a review on their old version a couple of years ago.

What Has Changed?

I remember when I first tried out Kippt about a year ago, I thought to myself that this was a decent bookmarking app, but that was about all it was. At the time, there were better ones out there, in my opinion, that had many more features. But, in this new version, Kippt has really upped it’s game to try and compete with some of the more well known bookmarking apps that are out there.

They still hold true to their original purpose which is to be able to save links from the web, but they took it a step further and now are focusing more on the content from those links. Instead of just being a place where you can save links that you find interesting or want to read later, Kippt wants you to still be able to save them, but they want to be able to take the content and display it on their site. For example, if there is a video on YouTube that I find interesting that I want to save for later, if I save it to Kippt, I can play the video from within the site.

Watching a video within Kippt

Watching a video within Kippt

You can still read articles from within the app just like in the previous version, but they have made the reading experience a little more pleasant. One feature that I do like, that I believe was in the previous version as well is the ability to highlight text on the web and save it to Kippt. If you are a GitHub or Dribble user, any links that you save from there you will be able to see the content within Kippt as well. The developers do mention in their blog that they plan to continue to add more services in the future. I would love to see support for possibly Google Docs, Dropbox, or even Evernote.

Reading an article within Kippt

Reading an article within Kippt

Collaboration

One of the other big features that has been added to the new Kippt is the ability to collaborate with the links that you save to their service. With anything that you save, you can now add your own notes to it. So maybe you want to write a note as to why you saved the link for something, or maybe you want to jot down some notes about the article you just read so you can use it for your research paper. There are many ways to use this notes feature and I think it really opens up the possibilities for using Kippt in a variety of situations.

Writing notes on a link that you saved in Kippt

Writing notes on a link that you saved in Kippt

If there are others that are on Kippt that you are connected with, in the comments section you can now collaborate with each other using the “@theirusername”, similar to Twitter. Now this gives you the ability connect and discuss with other people on something that you saved to the service. When Kippt adds more services, I can definitely see this collaboration feature being something that can come in very handy.

Leaving comments and collaborating with others

Leaving comments and collaborating with others

Solid Improvement

There are a lot of other smaller improvements that Kippt made to the app that makes it much more visually appealing. But, overall, I really like the major steps that they took to improve on their first version of the app. I believe they are heading in the right direction by being able to save things from the web and then being able to interact around those items. When they were a standalone bookmarking service, they just couldn’t compete with the likes of Instapaper and Pocket. They had to do something to differentiate themselves from the handful of apps out there, and I truly believe that they have. The web is becoming a place where we are starting to do more things with, we are moving away from leaving documents, videos, pictures, etc. on our hard drive and are migrating them to the cloud. Kippt can become a solid way to be able to take those items that we put or find on the web and share or discuss them with others.

Final Thoughts

I believe that if Kippt can continue to add meaningful services that most people use, and if they can continue to separate themselves from being just a bookmarking app, I think they can do well. I am not the biggest fan of their pricing structure as they only give you one option to pay $25/year for some very limited benefits. I just don’t see how you are going to convince people to pay that price for no ads, full text search, and “unlimited love”, whatever that means. But I digress.

If you are looking for a way to do more with the things that you save on the web, then take a look at Kippt. If you were one who tried it before and didn’t like it, I would say to go and check it out again; I think you will be pleasantly¬†surprised¬†by the changes they have made.

 


Summary

Save links from around the web and be able to share and collaborate on the content all from within Kippt.

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