Annotote is an app that lets users highlight and take notes on any media, and those annotations help summarize that content for everyone else in the network:
To illustrate how it works, pretend there’s a New York Times article you want to read online…
First off, if you don’t want to spend time reading the whole article, Annotote automatically provides a summary so you can get straight to the point.
Second, the annotation feature lets you highlight and take notes on the article. Annotote saves these annotations for you, so you have them for future reference and can share them with friends, family, and colleagues.
Finally, there’s the network, which lets you follow other users — like your friends, colleagues, or thought leaders — so you can see what they’re reading, along with their highlights and notes.
The app is organized in three separate streams: Me, Follows, and Top. The Me Stream is your personal library, storing all the text, images, audio, and videos you’ve annotated. The Follows Stream shows all the public annotations by users you’ve chosen to follow. Lastly, the Top Stream finds content for you to enjoy based upon your interests — and of course everything is already summarized for you!
Annotote works with any type of media — not just articles, but audio and video too. When you browse through any media on the app, it’s already highlighted for you, so you can enjoy a short summary instead of wasting time with all the fluff. You can seamlessly annotate anything for yourself too. Or, at the tap of a button, you can see the notes and highlights left behind by someone you follow.
The idea is that you shouldn’t waste everything you read, watch, or listen to — and you definitely shouldn’t waste your time. Annotote saves the content worth keeping, and it gets you straight to the point!
It’s an elegant solution — one man’s highlights are another man’s summary — which enables powerful facilitation of your entire digital consumer experience — from content discovery to consumption to retention to sharing.